All posts by Andrew Edmunds

Last Rites Co-Owner; Senior Editor; born in the cemetery, under the sign of the MOOOOOOON...

Accept – The Rise Of Chaos Review

Release date: August 4, 2017. Label: Nuclear Blast.Post-reformation Accept is one of the greatest heavy metal comeback tales of the last decade: After sitting out the better part of ten years, a classic band reforms,

Blurring – Cloud Burner Review

Release date: April 28, 2017. Label: Self-Released.This latest EP from Rochester-based grinders Blurring came out in April, two years to the day after their full-length debut, and though it runs only half as long as

Alice Cooper – Paranormal Review

In some capacity, be it as the original band or the eponymous solo artist, Alice Cooper has been releasing records for nearly fifty years now. He/they are legitimate rock ‘n’ roll royalty, and with good

Jack Starr’s Burning Starr – Stand Your Ground Review

Prior to receiving a promo copy of Stand Your Ground, my exposure to Jack Starr’s Burning Starr was pretty limited. In fact, I knew exactly three things about them: 1 – their namesake guitarist founded long-running American power

Expulsion – Nightmare Future Review

Sometimes you just know, y’know? That classic first line of a story that captures you from the first words; that perfect opening scene of a film that reels you in and keeps you hooked for

Entrails – World Inferno Review

Anyone who’s kept track of my ever-expanding waistline can attest to the fact that I like food, but I’m certainly not what anyone would call a foodie. I’m generally as comfortable with haute cuisine as

Phobia – Lifeless God Review

These are good times for pissed-off political grind. And there are few better purveyors of such than SoCal’s erstwhile Phobia. Now in their twenty-seventh year, Phobia still bashes heads with the best of them, their blend

Tombs – The Grand Annihilation Review

Tombs presents me with something of a conundrum. Ordinarily, if you handed me a record and said, “Check this out: It’s a hybrid of black metal and NeurIsis post metal,” I’d thank you and nod,

Astral Doors – Black Eyed Children Review

Traditionally, Astral Doors has never been my favorite of Nils Patrik Johansson’s projects, but with his abrupt departure from Civil War earlier this year, I guess it is now. Formed fifteen years ago as a

Suffocation – Of The Dark Light Review

In his review of Suffocation’s previous album, 2013’s world-crushing Pinnacle Of Bedlam, my erstwhile compatriot Zach Duvall posited the half-in-jest idea of The Mullen-Hobbs Code, the qualitative phenomenon by which every odd-numbered Suffocation album is