All posts by Zach Duvall

Last Rites Co-Owner; Senior Editor; Obnoxious overuser of baseball metaphors.

Vulture – The Guillotine Review

Us long time metal fans spend a lot of our waking hours discussing the wonderful stuff. Such talks typically reveal positions all along the Innovative-to-Traditional Spectrum of Preferences. Some folks are set in their ways,

Tchornobog – Tchornobog Review

There is perhaps no more insuppressible force in nature than a volcano. Eruptions destroy the works of man and nature using a variety of elemental weapons, sometimes swiftly and sometimes through crawling inevitability. Lava oozes

Dzö-nga – The Sachem’s Tale Review

To fans of some of the greatest atmospheric, somewhat “avant-garde” works in the history of black metal, Boston’s Dzö-nga provides a bit of a conundrum. On one hand, The Sachem’s Tale provides a damn fine,

Engulfed – Engulfed In Obscurity Review

With a musical style that has been around as long as death metal, the most common case is that a band’s influences are worn on their sleeves like so many vest patches, with musicians incapable

Emyn Muil – Elenion Ancalima Review

The sophomore effort from Italy’s Emyn Muil is a strong reminder of the power of timing. A band need not necessarily be the absolute best at their trade to get attention, they just need to

Progenie Terrestre Pura – oltreLuna Review

When Italy’s Progenie Terrestre Pura released U.M.A. four years ago, they offered a decidedly different, intensely hard-to-pin-down take on industrialized black metal. The programmed drums, use of synths, and heavily processed guitars brought Darkspace to

Jordablod – Upon My Cremation Pyre Review

The greatest virtue of Sweden’s Jordablod is that they sound like a band. “But wait,” you say, “aren’t the vast majority of the albums reviewed on this site created by bands?” Well yes, but sometimes

Remembering Chris Cornell – RIP 1964-2017

The greatest rock singer of all time. This is how I have often described Chris Cornell. Not that it is possible to prove such a thing, or that definitive rankings of rock voices matter, but

Distillator – Summoning The Malicious Review

Dutch act Distillator comes about as close to a thrash jack-of-all-trades as one could imagine. From the Bay Area to New York, Germany and Norway and back, just about every thrash region/scene can be heard

Katakomb – Chained To A Wolf Review

In a scene as overcrowded as black metal, it’s tough to nail down exactly what gives a band the It Factor. This is particularly true when at least 85 percent of the bands sound 85