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Last Rites Cover Art Tournament: The Championship

Friends, we have arrived at the end, and what a journey it was to arrive here. We saw a King of the Dead take out Ozzy and his Ultimate Sin. Metallica’s Puppets were no masters

Last Rites Cover Art Tournament: The Fatal Four

In the NCAA Tournament, the Final Four is treated as a kind of Mount Rushmore for that season of college basketball. All year, analysts talk up great teams, but will temper their hype with phrases

Last Rites Cover Art Tournament: The Execrable Eight

Giants have fallen. With the round of eight — the Execrable Eight — if you will, giants have fallen. Three of the original four top seeds do not survive to advance to the Fatal Four,

Last Rites Cover Art Tournament: The Sweet Six(66)teen

If it has not become abundantly clear already, the main purpose of this tournament was not necessarily to do a ride-along to the NCAA tournament, but really to honor the great visual side of heavy

Last Rites Cover Art Tournament: Round of 32 – The Culling

Hello, friends. We hope you are enjoying our little dedication to the history of cover art in heavy metal. We hope it’s extra fun for you that we aren’t just writing about art we love,

Last Rites Cover Art Tournament: The Brutal Round of 64

Heavy metal is many things, but being the world’s most brutal music is one of its chief roles. This is not to say that music of other styles can’t be brutal; anyone that has heard

The Last Rites Cover Art Tournament: Metal March Madness

In heavy metal history, the visual imagery that goes on album covers has long been almost as iconic as The Riff itself. The work of a particular artist becomes permanently associated with a band to

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Fast Rites – Get Your Fix

We have lots for you to chew on once again in this installment of Fast Rites. For example, we have a holdover or two from late last year, plus a few reissues that are well worth