All posts by Captain

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

Freternia – The Gathering Review

More often than not, two things generally come up when conversations turn to Sweden’s greatest influence on heavy metal: Yngwie J. Malmsteen and Swedeath. It’s an understandable consequence—the prior taught us the importance of giant

Organectomy – Existential Disconnect Review

[Album artwork by Pedro Sena / Lordigan] True or false: the town of Brutal Slamsville is mostly intended to be populated by those young enough to be indifferent toward one-a-day vitamins. AKA: leave the hall,

The Lord Weird Slough Feg – New Organon Review

Humans are clever, fascinating and often hilariously dumb creatures. One minute we’re finding new ways to defy gravity, the next we’re taking the Tide Pod challenge or attempting to jump a flaming gulch on a

Darkthrone – Old Star Review

The prime motivator for releasing new material is pretty straightforward for a significant portion of legacy metal acts with decades of labor under their belts: touring. Why sit at home staring at your bills through

Saint Vitus – Saint Vitus Review

Of all the anomalies to have occurred within metal over these many years—and yep, there have been some absolute whoppers—the phenomenon of Saint Vitus lingers as one of the more unique and underplayed. The band

Lord Vicar – The Black Powder Review

[Artwork: “Death Crowning Innocence” — George Frederic Watts, 1886] Books are wonderful. Actual books that have weight and paper pages with ink that reveal truths and theories to be studied and assimilated, or that build

Vaura – Sables Review

[Album artwork by Terence Hannum] If you’re a music fanatic or have any sort of strong connection to music fanatics, you probably heard about the unfortunate and sudden passing of Scott Walker on March 22nd

Diamonds & Rust: Iron Maiden – Somewhere In Time, A Personal Account

Somewhere in Time was my Iron Maiden album. I understand some bands get a little itchy when they see fan reactions similar to this, because that sort of connection / dominion very often leads to