Category: Features

Last Rites Cover Art Tournament: Round of 32 – The Culling

Hello, friends. We hope you are enjoying our little dedication to the history of cover art in heavy metal. We hope it’s extra fun for you that we aren’t just writing about art we love,

Last Rites Cover Art Tournament: The Brutal Round of 64

Heavy metal is many things, but being the world’s most brutal music is one of its chief roles. This is not to say that music of other styles can’t be brutal; anyone that has heard

The Last Rites Cover Art Tournament: Metal March Madness

In heavy metal history, the visual imagery that goes on album covers has long been almost as iconic as The Riff itself. The work of a particular artist becomes permanently associated with a band to


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

10 for 10: Black Metal – Showcasing Spotify’s Best Bands with Under 100 Monthly Listeners

Hi everyone! I know I haven’t been writing a whole lot these past few years. I hope all of that is about to change and I know I’m the only one who can change it.

Devils In The Mist – Overkill’s Groove Years

For years, on these pages and in myriad (often one-sided) conversations, I’ve opined that Overkill’s 90s and early 2000s forays into the then-modern trend of groove weren’t as embarrassingly off-base as those of most of

A Devil’s Dozen – Overkill

One of the incredible things about being a fan of music — if not the actual most incredible thing about it — comes in the nearly magical connection between the listener and the song. A

Battle Royal: Suffocation vs. Immolation – Two Bands Enter, One Band Leaves

NEW YORK: Lady Liberty, Times Square, Fifth Avenue, Coney Island, Wall Street, the Guggenheim, the 9/11 Memorial & Museum, the Five Families, the five boroughs, the New York Times, Woody Allen movies, Tony Bennett, the


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

Dave Pirtle’s Best of 2016 – Blitzing The Shark

For those of you unfamiliar with the phrase “jumping the shark”, let me summarize. It’s a phrase used to define/describe the moment in which something takes a turn for the ridiculous and essentially signaling the