Pyrrhon – What Passes For Survival Review

So as not to be accused of burying the lede: Pyrrhon’s third album What Passes for Survival is another disgusting triumph, equal parts expansive and claustrophobic. Here, however, are a few stray thoughts from the

Leng Tch’e – Razorgrind Review

It’s been seven years since the last Leng Tch’e album, 2010’s Hypomanic, and since no original members remained even for that one – longtime mainman Sven du Caluwe having departed after 2007’s Marasmus – truthfully,

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

Atriarch – Dead As Truth Review

A friend of mine once told me that he doesn’t like any music where it sounds like the singer is smiling. Hey, buddy, do I ever have a band for you… Atriarch vocalist Lenny Smith

Battle Royal: Opeth vs. Enslaved – Two Bands Enter, One Band Leaves

Battle Royal is ideally intended to hurt. It is intended to hurt our readers, and it is absolutely, unquestionably, 100% intended to hurt whichever staffers are knuckleheaded enough to partake. Battle Royal is having a

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

Inanimate Existence – Under A Melting Sky Review

So get this: I mostly took last year off from my metal scribbling duties (burnout can be a motherfucker), and one of my favorite tech-death bands drops an entire album right under my ever-running nose.

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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

High Spirits – Escape Review

Release date: September 8th, 2017. Label: Independent/Bandcamp. I said it then, and I’ll say it again now: Had I run across High Spirits’ 2011 debut, Another Night, in the year it was actually released, it

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