Category: Features

Phylactery – Necromancy Enthroned Review

FAST RITES: because sometimes brevity is fundamental. When it comes to cross-pollination of thrash, black metal seems to have all the fun these days. But Canadian heshers Phylactery have a thing or two to say

Staff Infections – August 2017

Here we are: the first installment of Staff Infections in the newly-remodeled Last Rites. It’s an easy job of picking the album of the month this time around, as the staff’s playlists converged on precisely

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

NEW SITE: A New Frontier – Out With The Old, In With The New.

What ho! Wait, what? Ho, what? What happened here. Everything looks different. People don’t like different. People like uniformity. People like routine. We like routine. Last Rites has had the same routine for as many

Staff Infections – July 2017

Greetings, dear readers, and welcome again to Staff Infections. July is upon us; high summer, and hopefully you have beer to drink, hotdogs to eat, jets to ski, fish to catch, baseball to play, motorcycles

A Devil’s Dozen – Helloween

Sometimes there’s no tomorrow. Sometimes you hate the day. Sometimes you’re attacked by “Heavy Metal Hamsters”. Then you put on a little Helloween, and by the grace of “Mrs. God”, it just makes everything better.

Staff Infections – June 2017

Here we are in June, and it’s time to discuss what the Last Rites crew has been listening to this past month or so. The staff is fresh off its yearly team-building exercise, otherwise known

Diamonds & Rust – Exploring Metal Classics: Queensrÿche’s The Warning

I’ve always been an anachronism. I was born in 1977, and thanks to some older cousins, I got into metal in the dying days of the 1980s, mostly through records and bands already well established

Fast Rites – May 2017: Don’t Cry For Me, Florida

Reality shows have a special hold on America. The entertainment channels are chock-full of people crying, screaming, fighting, being overly drunk and just plain embarrassing themselves for the benefit of the viewer. And is the