Blast Rites #1: Nak’ay / Hate For Humanity – Split 12″ Review

Blast Rites: because grindcore rules. Author’s Note: Hey, look at that, will ya? I’m trying something new here, taking our established Fast Rites short-form review concept and applying it to my obsession with all things

Blockheads – Trip To The Void Review

Fast Rites: because sometimes brevity is fundamental. At the risk of repeating myself (as if this would be anywhere close to the first time for that), France’s Blockheads are far and away the best grindcore

Kontact – First Contact Review

[Cover artwork by Héloïse Merlin] Where were you when the world’s hottest new doomsday cult slipped into their fresh Keds and velour tracksuits, shimmied down an obscured underground passageway into the basement of the Great

Eternal Evil – The Warriors Awakening Brings The Unholy Slaughter Review

Fast Rites: because sometimes brevity is fundamental. Whatever the band’s conscious influences may be, Eternal Evil’s The Warriors Awakening Brings the Unholy Slaughter sounds Teutonic in aesthetic. From the unrelentingly guitar-forward POV to the frantic

Track Premiere: Chaos Perversion – “Entangled In The Roots Of Death”

If you dig deep enough, there are about as many interpretations of black metal as there are black metal bands. Regardless of the details, at its core, black metal is about conflict. Man vs nature,

Staff Infections – January 2022

Happy New Year, friends. It’s time for Staff Infections, wherein the Last Rites staff share what we’ve been listening to over the last month, and hopefully you, dear readers, come away with an appreciation of

Last Rites Presents: Our Most Anticipated Albums Of 2022, Part 3

This is it, kids, the finale of Most Anticipated Release Week 2022 here at Last Rites World Headquarters, Inc. If you missed the first two installments, you can catch up here and here. And if

Last Rites Presents: Our Most Anticipated Albums Of 2022, Part 2

I’m sure by now you’ve all spent the last two days reading and re-reading the first part of our annual Most Anticipated Releases series, but in case you’ve just now crawled forth from beneath a

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