All posts by Dan Obstkrieg

Happily committed to the foolish pursuit of words about sounds. Not actually a dinosaur.

Incantation – Profane Nexus Review

Let’s get straight to the good stuff: Incantation’s eleventh album Profane Nexus is a treasure trove of disgusting delights from a band with absolutely nothing to prove but which nevertheless still pursues death metal supremacy

Divine Element – Thaurachs Of Borsu Review

Music dorks (hi, hello, how are you) love to dissect, analyze, and compartmentalize. We like classifications and rankings and comparisons and counterfactuals, all of it pursued with the bloodless extravagance of a calmly corpsepainted Carolus

Klabautamann – Smaragd Review

Music criticism doesn’t exactly have its own version of cinéma vérité, but here’s a poor substitute: earlier in the morning on the day I wrote the bulk of this review, I took my daughter to

Walpyrgus – Walpyrgus Nights Review

Dear brothers and sisters, dear enemies and friends: it is okay to smile. Walpyrgus, the outstanding new(ish) project from members of Twisted Tower Dire, While Heaven Wept, and Daylight Dies that is more interested in

Condor – Unstoppable Power Review

Genres can work a number of different ways. They can be a crutch, allowing uninspired bands a relatively easy foothold with a niche demographic. They can be a challenge, prompting ambitious bands to claw impatiently

Hark – Machinations Review

If the life experiences and environment of an artist affect the music she creates, then it’s only natural that the life experiences and environment of a listener should also affect the way she experiences music.

Immolation – Atonement Review

It’s little secret that your favorite moldy cheese-rinds here at Last Rites love Immolation to an almost unhealthy degree. Given not only Immolation’s narrowly squeaked-out win against fellow NY death metal titans Suffocation in our

Unearthly Trance – Stalking The Ghost Review

Friends, here is an incomplete list of things for which I have a wafer-thin patience: – Fascist apologetics – The patriarchy – Typos and grammatical errors on businesses and in ad copy – Anthrax (the

Ride For Revenge – Thy Horrendous Yearning Review

Sometimes a thing is just so wrong that it’s right. Cue Finland’s Ride for Revenge, entering from stage disgusting. Although the band has been fairly prolific throughout the last decade or so, much of their

Dan Obstkrieg’s Best Of 2016 – Let Them Bells Ring

Has anyone ever asked you why you listen to heavy metal? It happens to me, from time to time, and I always find myself without an answer. It’s not that I’m indignant at the question,