Category: Fast Rites

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

Vanum – Burning Arrow Review

FAST RITES: because sometimes brevity is fundamental. Vanum, a collaboration between Michael Rekevics (Fell Voices, Vorde, others) and Kyle Morgan (Ash Borer, Predatory Light, also others), released a promising black metal album in 2015’s Realm

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

Void Ritual – Heretical Wisdom Review

FAST RITES: because sometimes brevity is fundamental. After testing the waters with a smattering of EP, split, and compilation material, Heretical Wisdom is the first proper full length from Albuquerque’s Void Ritual. The sole product

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

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

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

Fast Rites – April 2017 Black Metal and Steroids

Much like Major League Baseball attempting to deal with the long embedded problem of steroids, the “metal scene” needs to finally figure out a way to deal with the Nazi problem. As Mike Piazza’s jersey

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Fast Rites – Get Your Fix

We have lots for you to chew on once again in this installment of Fast Rites. For example, we have a holdover or two from late last year, plus a few reissues that are well worth

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Fast Rites – Volume 13

We’re clearing the decks with looks at releases that languished in our inboxes over the “holiday” season. Record labels don’t completely shut down in December, but it’s very easy to overlook new albums when you’re