One time school mates they took their name from horror film The Satanic Rites of Dracula but were known to die-hard fans as The Rites who likened them to Deep Purple. With Daz Bingham (vocals),Stuart Page (guitar),David Ingham (bass) and David Kershaw (drums) they recorded their first cassette featuring tracks: Ruled By Blood and You’re A Hooker. Kevin Doyle (keyboards) joined in 1979 and in 1981 with a manager now on board they released their first single Live To Ride/Hit And Run for Heavy Metal Records and reached number seven in the sounds Heavy Metal Chart. Get The Feeling and White Water followed although these tracks were never released.
Karen Chapman joined as vocalist for a short time,before Daz Bingham returned briefly to record demo's of Fear Of The Night and Slam The Door. With Deborah Webster becoming the third and final vocalist in 1984, Which Way The Wind Blows was recorded in 1985, produced by Dave Clay and released on Chub Records. Internationally the album got rave reviews. Satanic Rites kicked off their tour at the Civic Theatre in their home town of Halifax supported by X Lab and Sagen before touring extensively to promote the new album. They returned to the studio later that year to demo two new tracks: Never So Easy and No Use Crying and in 1986 Graham Dyson joined as keyboard player.
In 1987 they recorded their second and final album No Use Crying before the band went their separate ways. The band all moved onto different projects,significantly,Deborah Webster and David Ingham joined forces with ex Cloven Hoof guitarist Andy Wood,and ex Shark drummer Craig Bradley. Andy Wood became lead vocalist to record an unreleased album before they parted company. Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply..
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