Bloodstock Metal 2 The Masses News

This last weekend saw Rites to Ruin perform i the Cardiff Semi Final of the South Wales arm of Bloodstock's Metal 2 the Masses initiative. Securing their place with Karmen Field and Torchbearer, Swansea semi finalist's Helldown, Kill By Mouth and Verletzen.

Headlining the final will be Ambrius while the judges make their decision on which band wins a coveted spot at this August's Bloodstock Open Air Festival in Derbyshire. 

The final takes place in Fuel Rock Club, Cardiff, on Saturday July 1st with doors opening at 4:30pm. Tickets are available now via the link below and supporters are encouraged to purchase in advance at it will be a sell out show. 


A note from the band

May 2023

Rites to ruin announced that they will not be adding any further dates to their gig roster for 2023 expect those already booked and any relating to the Bloodstock Metal 2 the Masses - South Wales initiative and, if fortunte to be picked, Bloodstock itself 

Unfortunately, we will not be committing to any further gigs this year, except for those already in the diary and if we progress through the Metal 2 the Masses initiative.We are really sorry but this is due to personal reasons beyond our control. So please do try to attend any of the gigs we have booked this year as we would love to see you all at the front.
May 19th Bloodstock M2tM Quarter Final 1 - Cardiff, Fuel Rock Club 
October 12th, Billesley Rock Club, Birmingham supporting the Luke Appleton Power Trio 
October 26th, Fuel Rock Club Cardiff, Supporting Tailgunner 

Much love,

Krissie, Tom, Matt, Lee and Paul

The band will focus on writing their first full length album, along with preparing for 2024 and getting back on the road in the new year. 


Sept 6th 2021

Available on all streaming platforms and for purchase via the merch store!

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Rites to Ruin to Feature on BBC Radio2

Aug 26th 2021

Rites to Ruin will be featured on BBC Upload on a number of local BBC radio stations on Friday 3rd Set 2021

The track ‘Forsaken’ from their forthcoming EP ‘Fire’, has been selected by BBC Radio Wiltshire as part of their Upload series.

The track will air on Friday Sept 3rd around 7:30pm!

Lee will also be featuring on the show talking about the track, the EP and the band in general. And as an added bonus if you’re in the Gloucester and Bristol areas, it’ll air on their local BBC Radio channels as well.

You can listen here:
BBC Wiltshire – Frequency: 103.5FM, 103.6FM, 104.3FM, 104.9FM, DAB (NOW Wiltshire) Freeview channel 721
BBC Gloucester – Frequency: 95.0 FM (Stroud); 95.8 FM (Cirencester); 104.7 FM (Gloucester, Cheltenham and Tewkesbury); DAB; Freeview: 735
BBC Bristol – Frequency: FM 94.9 MHz (Dundry), 103.6 MHz (Hutton), 104.6 MHz (Bath); DAB; Freeview: 719


In preparation for the Sept 6th release, Rites to Ruin have put a short teaser video together to tickle the ear lobes.

POWER METAL QUEST FEST NEWS - organisers update

Aug 24th 2021

As we expected, Power Metal Quest Fest 2021 has been postponed. Here’s the update from the organisers.

“We don’t need to remind you all how tough it’s been for live music over the past two years and we have been enjoying seeing live music return in the form of open air festivals and smaller venues.As the live scene has been opening up, we’ve been following closely and monitoring guidance from the government.

Unfortunately, despite many shows going ahead, we’ve made the decision to postpone Power Metal Quest Fest to 2022.There are a number of factors that have led us to reach this decision. Although the coronavirus has been a contribution to this, the biggest issue we have faced is Brexit. Travel restrictions and quarantine are still in place for many countries. And with numerous international bands on our bill we have to consider the additional costs and delays that Visa’s and carnets bring.

Although we could have gone ahead with our planned event, we’d have had to make significant changes to the lineup as well as operating at reduced capacity to ensure the safety and wellbeing of our artists, crew and you the fans.With this, Quest Fest will now take place on Saturday 1st October 2022 and will remain at The Asylum. Those that have already purchased tickets will have theirs automatically rolled over to the new date. Anyone who has purchased a ticket and t-shirt bundle will receive a t-shirt for the new event that can be collected on the day of the show.We hope that you will continue to help support our independent festival by rolling your ticket over, however refunds will be available on request.

Despite the postponement, we are already planning a special virtual event for you that will include a live Q&A where you will have the opportunity to hang out with us online, ask any questions about the festival and join our community.

We are an independent, not for profit festival with no external backing, so as always we thank you more than ever for your continued support. We hope you’ll continue to keep sharing our posts and spreading the word of our metal community. We can’t wait to return in 2022.”

Rites to Ruin have confirmed their participation in 2022.

EP Release Date Confirmed!

Aug 19th 2021

Rites to Ruin are proud to announce the release date for their debut EP ‘Fire’.The band wish to thank everyone for their patience while waiting for the confirmation of release date.

The band say, ‘Due to circumstances beyond our control we’ve had to push the release date back a little further than anticipated. So without further ado…..The EP will be available on all platforms from SEPTEMBER 6TH 9AM (BST). All pre-orders will be sent out in time for this date.’If you prefer to stream – you can pre-save the EP here
If you prefer a physical copy, then head over to the merch store where you can pre-order:

The EP is a four track EP containing the following tracks:

This is an exclusive EP with only one song being taken across into the first album (earmarked for late 2023*). All merchandise relating to this release will be a one off run, so once it’s all gone….it’s gone!!!

* subject to change

New Offical Photos Released

July 4th 2021

Rites to Ruin release new images from their recent photoshoot with Jen Boschen. 

As with all shoots, there were some hilarious outtakes and general tomfoolery amongst all the serious metal band poses.For all images please see the Gallery page, but here’s a sneak peak at one or two.


EP Artwork and Pre-orders Announced

May 31st 2021

Rites to Ruin are thrilled to announce the title and artwork for their forthcoming debut EP ‘FIRE’, due for release AUGUST 2021 and now available for pre-order.

The band are close to finishing the recording of the four tracks that will appear on this exclusive EP, under the production guidance of Iain GT Davies – Music. Track listing details and final release date will be announced shortly.

Artwork for the EP has been created by Christiane Robinson of Studio Rbnsn, who has also designed artwork for Skarlett Riot, South Bound and Joel Hoekstra’s 13.

We’re thrilled to release this exclusive EP. We didn’t want to wait until we had enough for an album as that could be at least another year to be realised. We are also delighted to be working with Iain, once again and the artwork by Christiane is perfect. She has really captured what we wanted for the cover. We can’t wait to share it with everyone .Krissie Kirby – Vocalist

Pre-orders for the EP are now open, featuring exclusive bundles with exclusive T-shirt, posters, badges and more. All details can be found on the store here.

Rites to Ruin Enter the Studio

May 12th 2021

Rites to ruin go into the studio to start recording their first EP!

Matt has been in the studio, all day, putting down his guitars for the tracks that will appear on the EP, due for release later this year. Once again, we’re working with the talented Iain GT Davies – Music.

We will be posting more about it in the coming weeks, including a first look at the artwork, the name and how to pre-order. 

More soon!!!

New Lyric video for 'Forsaken'

April 15th 2021

Rites To Ruin present their latest single release and lyric video for the track ‘Forsaken’ ahead of their yet-to-be-named exclusive EP, to be released later this year. 

Due to the pandemic and lockdown regulations, most of the recordings were done at each band member’s home residence, the final result being mixed and mastered by Iain ‘GT’ Davies (Endeavour and formerly of Onslaught), who was also able to record the drums prior to the national lockdown in March 2020. 

The accompanying lyric video was produced by Rites to Ruin guitarist, Matt Chambers

Music and Lyrics: Rites to Ruin
Audio mix and master: Iain ‘GT’ Davies
Video edit: Matt Chambers