All posts by Captain

Last Rites Co-Owner; Senior Editor; Handsome & Interesting Man; Just get evil all the time.

Pyramaze – Contingent Review

In 2004, Denmark’s Pyramaze released an album called Melancholy Beast, and it was good. Actually, it was more than good, it was great – the sort of fantastical, sometimes ridiculous, always melodious power metal record

Succumb – Succumb Review

Many moons ago, a friend of mine convinced me to give a strange blend of juice from an eclectic little grocery store in a weird little neighborhood near my work a month-long try for supposed

Phrenelith – Desolate Endscape Review

Look, I get it: there are a lot of death metal bands out there. You get up in the morning, there’s a death metal band already on the toilet. No room on the 7:15am train

Pallbearer – Heartless Review

Having never experienced the luxurious phenomenon that is “success with a band,” it’s difficult for me to gauge the significance of said success on the development of the music. Commercialization is a widely accepted conclusion,

Ghost Bath – Starmourner Review

What prompts the general metal public to bust out the pitchforks and torches can be as mystifying an examination as it is frustrating. For the most part, fans of the genre are intrinsically allergic to

Dodecahedron – Kwintessens Review

As a Star Trek: The Next Generation nerd, it is my duty to spend an inordinate amount of time relating its characters, narrative and minutia into my everyday life. Pursuits such as this are often

Venenum – Trance of Death Review

The following three records stand a pretty good chance of getting a fresh round of attention from folks engaging in serious discussions about Venenum’s stellar debut full-length, Trance of Death: Necrovation’s self-titled record from 2012

Arduini / Balich – Dawn Of Ages Review

Fossilized sci-fi and fantasy nerds such as yours truly who got into metal in the early-to-mid 80s forged a peerless bond with the unique sounds put out by Fates Warning. Night On Bröcken, The Spectre

Witherfall – Nocturnes and Requiems Review

The first thing that jumps out with regard to Nocturnes and Requiems is the album cover artwork. Regardless of what you take away in terms of its overall theme, the likelihood is pretty strong that

Emptiness – Not For Music Review

Metal and goth have always made strange bedfellows. For all the good done by the Peaceville Three and bands such as Type O Negative in the early 90s, the years that followed presented enough laced