King Diamond – Songs For The Dead – Live Review

Ordinarily, I’m not much on live albums. For every Live After Death or Strangers In The Night or Live & Dangerous there are fifteen unnecessary catalog-fillers, most of them little more than a greatest hits

Staff Infections – January 2019

Happy new year, friends. Here’s hoping 2019 finds you in good health and spirits. Before we can let 2018 go entirely, we have to look back into what the Last Rites Staff has been listening

Last Rites’ Facebook Albums Of The Week: January 6th – January 12th

“Album Of The Day” is a Last Rites Facebook feature we started whose purpose is quite straight-forward: highlight one album per day and say a few words about it. Understanding that not everyone chooses to

A Devil’s Dozen – Dismember

As was often the case 30+ years ago, it was a record store that served as a linchpin for what would eventually become one of death metal’s most significant evolutions. Sure, a heap of credit

Musmahhu – Reign Of The Odious Review

So-called prolific artists, at least within the scope of heavy metal, tend to fall into the dime-a-dozen category, often releasing large bodies of work but with very little actual quality to be found within. This

Veilburner – A Sire To The Ghouls Of Lunacy Review

A Sire To The Ghouls Of Lunacy, Veilburner’s newest offering, comes out of nowhere with a genre-blurring attack. Playing in an experimental black/death hybrid style, Veilburner take the basic template of the genre and then

Sulphur Aeon – The Scythe Of Cosmic Chaos Review

When Sulphur Aeon dropped their debut full length Swallowed by the Ocean’s Tide in 2013, they appeared fully formed. Not fully formed as original visionaries, mind you, but fully formed as a cohesive unit that

Squalus & Shadow Limb – Mass And Power Review

Hello, friend. Have you seen Jaws? I certainly have. It’s a truly great film where Richard Dreyfus yells a lot (like he does in every film) and people get eaten by sharks. You know who

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