All posts by Manny-O-War

Infinitely committed to the expansion of artistic horizons. Interested in hearing your grandparent's anecdotes and recipes. @mannyowar

Purtenance – Paradox of Existence EP Review

FAST RITES: because sometimes brevity is fundamental. For a band that’s been around since essentially 1989, Purtenance has released a surprisingly sparse amount of material. In fact, between 1992 and 2012 they released exactly 0

Soror Dolorosa – Song Debut and Review of Apollo

We here at Last Rites are unabashedly in the business of metal, and boy does it pay well. We are, admittedly, “generally impressed by riffs,” so when you come to our site and we’re talking

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Mausoleum Gate – Into A Dark Divinity Review

Somewhere, in a wood-paneled basement, with a couch upholstered in multi-toned brown plaid, there’s a dusty record player resting in a corner on top of crumpled copies of the local newspaper. If you were to

Cosmic Void Ritual / Draghkar / Ensepulcher – Three-Tape Attack Review

FAST RITES: because sometimes brevity is fundamental. Fast Rites is a fun feature because it allows us to cover things like this: a three-tape attack from Blood Harvest. Each tape (and in one case an

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Der Weg Einer Freiheit – Finisterre Review

Der Weg einer Freiheit has received a fair amount of praise and acclaim in recent memory, with even German legends Kreator calling them the “future of German extreme metal.” And while that may end up

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Morbid Evils – Deceases Review

Ah, Finland. A land known for all the finer things metal. And recently, a pretty surprising crop of young hockey stars. In 2015, the fine drinking water of Finland produced Morbid Evils, a project put

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Beneath – Ephemeris Review

Have you ever been so worked up that you just want to smash your goddamn head through a fucking wall? Well, now, for only three easy payments of $3.99, you can smash your head straight

Rope And Knife / Metal Eater – Split EP Review

FAST RITES: because sometimes brevity is fundamental. In this, the very first edition of Fast Rites to grace the sacred new halls of Last Rites, we examine a Split EP from Metal Eater / Rope

Bonehunter – Sexual Panic Human Machine Review

After a number of EPs, splits and demos (and one minor lineup tweak), Bonehunter finally released their debut LP (must have been highly anticipated), Evil Triumphs Again, in 2015. That album, although by no means perfect, set the

Execration – Return to the Void Review

Return to the Void is a death metal masterpiece laced with cosmic imagery, catchy leads and plenty of forward-thinking aspects meant to entice, ensnare, and yes Michael, ensorcell. Where Odes of the Occult was perhaps more difficult to