Rites of Thy Degringolade
Anyone familiar with the history of extreme metal in Canada must acknowledge the importance of Edmonton veterans Rites of Thy Degringolade. Originally conceived in 1997 as a solo project by Paulus Kressman, known at that time for his phenomenal drumming and vocals for Sacramentary Abolishment (who would evolve into Axis of Advance following Kressman’s departure), the earliest Rites recordings were solitary, experimental endeavors. The self-titled 1999 demo and the debut album, The Carytid, from 2000, feature Kressman handling all instrumentation.
With the inclusion of guitarist J. Wroth in 2001, Rites became more powerful and precise. Over the next several years, the duo recorded and released the legendary Totality album, the follow-up Totality’s Kommand EP, and the split with Portal, entitled Our Dreadful Sphere. Kressman and Wroth then recruited Malevolus (Godless North, Gloria Dioboli) for the recording of the third album, An Ode to Sin, which the band elected to release on Nuclear War Now! just as the label was beginning to establish its own prominence in the underground.
Members: PAULUS – drums & vocals
WROTH – guitar & vocals
N.K.L.H. – bass & vocals