All posts by Captain

Last Rites Co-Owner; Senior Editor; Handsome & Interesting Man; Just get evil all the time.

Gorephilia – In The Eye Of Nothing Review

[Artwork by Raúl González] Let’s set a proper mood right from the jump. These days, I return to the early Finnish death metal scene more than I do the early Swedish scene. As perhaps expected,

Iron Cemetery – Manic Deliverance Review

[Artwork by Greg.Fate] Salutations, heavy metal traveler. Do you like Hell? Goodness, what an absurd question. Of course you like Hell. Even if you don’t believe in its proper existence (despite the fact that we

Midnight Dice – Hypnotized Review

[Artwork by Lauren Gornik] Yes, this slice of Chicago-styled awesomeness came out three months ago, but 1) we didn’t cover it for reasons of insanity, and 2) it was only available as a digital download,

Atramentus – Stygian Review

[Artwork by Mariusz Lewandowski] Many enthusiasts of heavy metal expect or even demand progression as a qualifier before vaulting a new release into “essential” status. To an extent, it’s an understandable optimism—progression is exciting, and

Diamonds & Rust: Death Angel – Act III

[Artwork by Adrian Stubican] Finally hauling Death Angel into the Diamonds & Rust ring and electing to award sacred gem status to an album other than The Ultra-Violence somehow feels… Unseemly? Misguided? Crazier than a

Defeated Sanity – The Sanguinary Impetus Review

[Artwork by Jon Zig] Humans are predisposed to routine and generally avoid change as if it comes standard with a lifetime supply of random groin kicks in the middle of the night. Of course we

Thætas – Shrines To Absurdity Review

[Artwork by Paolo Girardi] Let’s gather ’round and throw a few more reams of newspaper and some decayed office chair cushionry into the burning barrel and speak of sprinklers, “The Jacket” episode of Seinfeld, and

Falconer – From A Dying Ember Review

[Artwork by Jan Meininghaus] One could certainly argue that the writing was on the wall back in 2014 when, three months after releasing album number eight, Black Moon Rising, Falconer announced they would no longer