All posts by Old Guard

The retired elite of LastRites/MetalReview.

Devin Townsend – Ziltoid The Omniscient Review

originally written by Chris McDonald Between Strapping Young Lad, his own solo albums, and The Devin Townsend Band, Devin Townsend has released a lot of really great music of all shapes and sizes over the years, with SYL’s landmark City and

Norse – Hellstorm Review

originally written by Erik Thomas As if after last year we needed further proof that the Aussies were a force to be reckoned with (witness The Red Shore, Ruins, Brazen Bull, Defamer, Portal, Impetuous Ritual, Be’lakor, Destruktor, Defamer,

Ion Dissonance – Cast The First Stone Review

Originally written by K. Scott Ross. Step right up, step right up. Are you angry? Of course you are. And we’ve got just the product for you. Midwestern angst, right here. Slipknot CDs from the 90s! Oh,

Ashbringer – Yugen Review

Originally written by K. Scott Ross. Some things benefit from precision modern engineering and production: skyscrapers, automobiles, pharmaceuticals. Others, not so much. A blanket, infused with memory. A favourite meal, prepared by a loved one.

Ihsahn – Arktis. Review

Originally written by K. Scott Ross. Ihsahn is many things to many people. The father of modern black metal. The killer of TRVE black metal. Master of interlocking jigsaw riffs. International sex symbol. Musical genius. Overrated

Eight Bells – Landless Review

Originally written by K. Scott Ross. It’s almost a truism of heavy metal that we have lost the loudness wars. Too often modern music gets compressed to Hell and back again before being laminated with

Borknagar – Winter Thrice Review

Originally written by K. Scott Ross. I have a very particular idea in mind of what makes a good Borknagar album: the listener should be able — perhaps even compelled — to sing along to

Amok – Necrospiritual Deathcore Review

Originally written by K. Scott Ross. Sometimes you can judge an album pretty accurately at a single glance. For example, if your band is called Goatbush and your album is called We Are the Goat Rapers and