LORD RYUR - Pact With The Sinner 7" (1986) Canada
01. Pact With The Sinner
02. Heroes After Heroes
Lord Ryur only made this one recording, but it's a good one.
Due to the high, wailing vocals used in both songs and the tradiional 80s metal style, comparisons are inevitably made to KING DIAMOND/MERCYFUL FATE.
However, by far the best comparison is to SACRED OATH, particularly the excellent A-side, "Pact with the Sinner".
The song has an interesting structure, a very catchy chorus, and showcases both normal and high vocals that add texture to the song.
As is typical for bands using high-pitched vocals, "Pact With the Sinner" develops a somewhat eerie vibe similar to many compositions by King Diamond, LORDS OF THE CRIMSON ALLIANCE, and Sacred Oath.
The B-side is less memorable but is still in the same galloping, slightly epic vein that will conjur up memories of Sacred Oath's "A Crystal Vision" album more than any other record I can think of.
If you like galloping, epic metal along the lines of OMEN or GOTHIC KNIGHTS and don't mind higher vocals akin to King Diamond and Sacred Oath, then check out Lord Ryur if you get a chance.
Note that the band hailed from Canada (not the US as sometimes stated) and the single was limited to a tiny pressing of 100 copies.