Palaces – Hellas Chasma Review

Hellas Chasma doesn’t fuck around, so neither will we. “Swarm” launches out of the gate with some serious gusto, just a squeal of feedback, a quick stomping rhythm section intro, and a scream to let

Körgull The Exterminator – Sharpen Your Spikes Review

On album number five (and first in five years), the black / thrashing maniac Spaniards in Körgull the Exterminator have turned over a new leaf and found their sensitive side. From the meditative Nick Drake

Black, Raw, & Bleeding: Into The Castles, Catacombs, Caverns, & Crypts Of The Black Metal Underground

Here we are, once again emerging from the new moon: the darkest of eves in the lunar calendar, the one night of the month when the light of the sun no longer reflects upon the

Napalm Death – Throes Of Joy In The Jaws Of Defeatism Review

It’s been over five years since the last Napalm Death record of new material, since 2015’s stellar Apex Predator – Easy Meat. That five-year break is the longest stretch between studio albums in Napalm’s 33-year

Sacred Outcry ‒ Damned For All Time Review

If the members of Greece’s Sacred Outcry had had their way, you’d have heard debut full length Damned For All Time about 17 years ago. They originally entered the studio to record it all the

Sulaco – The Privilege Review

Oh, a new Sulaco EP, you say? Well, now… That’s good news. A few years back, Sulaco’s last full-length The Prize ground its way onto my year-end list, all killer twisting riffage and blistering anger,

Staff Infections – September 2020

Hi, friends. It’s September; September of the year 2020, unfortunately. In light of this fact, we here at Last Rites hope you and yours are safe from fire, flood, and plague, though the chances of

Metallica’s “Orion”: A Love Letter To An Immaculate Song, And An Ode To An Impossible Album

Dear “Orion”, I have put off writing this letter for too long. But I feel compelled now to speak my heart to you, to express my love for you, and to praise you as the

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