MAJESTIC RYTE – Majestic Ryte (2023)

MAJESTIC RYTE – Majestic Ryte (2023)
Sonic Age Records
Released Year:
1. Fractured Mind2. Guardian3. Strawman Cometh4. Lord Of Lies5. Hadrian's Path6. Breaking Dawn7. Plague Of Athens8. Harbinger Of Chaos9. No Turning Back10. The Arrival

It took nearly 35 years for this amazing epic metal band from New York to release their long-awaited first full length album.

Of course if you are reading this particular review I am sure that you are aware of the greatness of this specific band. And I am even more than sure that you know how unique is the musical style they deliver.

For those who do not know lets share some basic information, Originally back in 1988 MAJESTIC RYTE had released one of the most sought after demo tapes, a now considered to be classic cassette-only, same-titled EP.

Fast forward to 2021. The band finishes the recordings of their debut album with the same line-up that released their old EP. The distinctive imposing vocals of Greg Tsaknakis, the razor sharp riffs of Nick Trotti and the pounding rhythm section of Tom Sauer (drums) and John Funk (bass) are here.

Unfortunately, on the 6th of February 2022, John Funk unexpectedly passed away, so this debut full length is dedicated to his memory and music legacy.

So what can we expect from this debut album? Is the flame still here, 35 years after their initial release? The answer is YES.

MAJESTIC RYTE releases a very special type of Epic Metal combined with many technical and Prog touches inspired by the best Metal record of all time: and yes I am referring to the mighty “Awaken the Guardian” by FATES WARNING.

The songs are wisely developed under a very specific formula of of progression keeping the listener’s interest into extremely high levels. The riffs are blessed with a very special type complexity and on the same time they carry a remarkable epic feeling. The vocals are great, taking each and every song to the very next level.

I have to point that there are also some guitar themes that are reflecting a wider musical approaching focused on 90s, early 00s and even today’s Prog Metal standards. Those parts that are combined into the band’s wider Epic frame, are offering a very special touch into the band’s overall musicianship.

MAJESTIC RYTE are back! They are offering a high quality album that reflects the high standards that the band have set with their initial release. Hail MAJESTIC RYTE!

Read the discussion on our forum pages.

Check some airplay on our radio show:


Previous article BLAZON RITE – Wild Rites and Ancient Songs
Next article FALCON – Easy Prey
I breathe for music. And I am more than sure that my mission in this universe is to make everybody agree that "Awaken The Guardian" by FATES WARNING is the best album ever released, yes in all musical genres. My next mission is to feed homeless cats and when I am not busy with all this stuff I listen to US Prog / Power and Epic Doom Metal. And I cast spells in rituals in order to awake the old ones. After my subscription to the "Happy Otters" team on Facebook.
Forgotten Scroll Fanzing Issue #6

Issue #6 Out Now


Follow Us


CLOVEN HOOF – Heathen Cross

None can describe better the essence of β€œHeathen Cross” than Lee Payne, founding member (bass) of CLOVEN HOOF and the only one remaining in...

WARLORD: The legend of William J Tsamis lives – Interview and...

To tell you the truth I was a little bit skeptical when I first learned about the Warlord tribute project set by drummer and founding member Mark Zonder and singer Giles Lavery to honor the music and memory of founder guitarist William J Tsamis who unfortunately passed away back in 2021. I was looking at the facts very closely, reading announcements about forthcoming live shows, new line up and a new album. The response from the fans was massive including both positive and negative (or very negative) comments about the above facts. "How can Warlord exist without Bill Tsamis?", they were asking. One afternoon I got a call from Giles Lavery himself asking me if I wanted to do an advance review of the forthcoming Warlord album. I replied positively still being in this skeptical mood. It all went away after the first listen... William J Tsamis was there. His music, his legend, his compositions, evolved into complete songs. In total excitement I texted Giles a single message "Bill is alive". The very next evening found Mark, Giles and I talking about the album, about Bill, about the music and the legacy. It was late at night when we ended the call. I asked them if I can publish our conversation and they got no problem. So here it is again: Me talking with Warlord. The usual stuff I am doing the last 25 years for various reasons. But this time I would not call this conversation an interview. To my eyes this is a big ethical, artistic and soulful statement, by some people who want to keep the Dream, alive.