All posts by Zach Duvall

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

The Ruins Of Beverast – Exuvia Review

It’s perfectly understandable if fans of Alexander von Meilenwald go into the newest album from The Ruins of Beverast with a bit of trepidation. After all, it has been about eight years since the project

Sarcasm – Within The Sphere Of Ethereal Minds Review

Since the dawn of culinary arts, ever since the first caveman chef decided that some random weed we now know as oregano tasted good with roasted mammoth hock, humans have hungered for two great tastes

The Doomsday Kingdom – The Doomsday Kingdom Review

After the “Godfather of Heavy Metal” Tony Iommi, no single person has done more to define doom metal than Candlemass mastermind (Candlemasstermind?) Leif Edling. It is both fitting and deserved, then, that he calls himself

Azarath – In Extremis Review

When Polish black/death vets Azarath brought in vocalist/guitarist Marek “Necrosodom” Lechowski for 2011’s Blasphemers’ Maledictions, the already great band seemed complete. Not that Necrosodom brougth with him some sort of elite pedigree (depends on your

Locust Leaves – A Subtler Kind Of Light Review

There are no two ways to put it: A Subtler Kind of Light, the debut album from Greece’s Locust Leaves, is a bizarre piece of music. However, what makes it strange is not its roots

Woe – Hope Attrition Review

When Woe’s debut A Spell for the Death of Man hit in 2008, it was a significant shot of adrenaline to an American black metal scene that was, at the time, more often known for

Lunar Shadow – Far From Light Review

At first glance, Germany’s Lunar Shadow occupies the same epic, sweeping terrain as Atlantean Kodex, and the comparison is certainly not without merit. After all, debut full length Far From Light certainly feels grandiose through

Naddred – Sluagh Review

If you’re a baseball fan (which I am), you’re likely celebrating pitchers and catchers reporting to spring training this week. We’re excited to see stars return, just as in metal we’re all aflutter to welcome

Lorn – Arrayed Claws Review

The difficulty of discussing Arrayed Claws, the new 38-minute “EP” from Lorn, is not necessarily describing the individual elements. After all, most passages of the album, when taken in a silo, sound pretty familiar. The

Kreator – Gods Of Violence Review

For many, the classic works of German thrash legends Kreator are as irreplaceable parts of their lives as Star Wars. People remember the first time they heard albums like Pleasure to Kill and Coma of