All posts by Zach Duvall

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

The Great Old Ones – EOD: A Tale Of Dark Legacy Review

The writing of H. P. Lovecraft has been a source of inspiration for metal artists seemingly since the birth of the style, and for good reason. He wrote works of great fantasy and escapism, something

Zach Duvall’s Best Of 2016: Foundations Of Immortality

Another year, another year-end roundup blah blah blah… NO! Not going to treat this like any other year. Not at all. Because for a multitude of reasons, 2016 was far from ordinary, or even within

Sky Shadow Obelisk – The Gift Of Light Review

The last Sky Shadow Obelisk release, full length debut Beacon, was a deeply unsettling piece of music. The project’s past largely consisted of doom/death metal verging on funeral terrain, but that album greatly upped both

Root – Kargeras – Return From Oblivion Review

The basic history of Czech black metal originators Root — as well as a convenient sampling of their best tunes — can be found here. But for the unknowing, here’s the gist of it: Along

Dark Tranquillity – Atoma Review

To the attentive ear, it’s clear that Swedish melodeath masters Dark Tranquillity have been out of ideas for over a decade. After peaking with Damage Done, the band largely delivered a (wicked) clone in Character

Bolzer – Hero Review

Hero is the first full length album from Switzerland’s Bölzer, but unless you’ve avoided just about every blog of note over the past few years, and don’t spend one minute of your time on Heavy Metal

Ars Moriendi – Sepelitur Alleluia Review

The sheer number of metal albums out there just being produced today means that Standing Out is quite the challenge. Sure, talent, originality, market demand, networking… that all works, sometimes, but you also just might

Meshuggah – The Violent Sleep Of Reason Review

When one has a deep history with a band, a traditional critic’s review is damn near unthinkable. Intentional or not, our very own Dan Obstkrieg touched on this in his recent review of the newest

A Tale Of Two Drudkh (Splits)

Most long time Drudkh fans seem to agree that the band has not quite been the same since the masterful four year, four album run that began their career. Sure, 2009’s Microcosmos and recent albums

Brutally Deceased – Satanic Corpse Review

Satanic Corpse, the third full length from Brutally Deceased, sounds very Swedish. Incredibly Swedish. More Swedish than Dolph Lundgren having a three way with Ingrid Bergman and Britt Ekland in a cottage in the foothills