All posts by Captain

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

Manilla Road – To Kill A King Review

Surviving for over 35 years and producing one of the more plentiful and consistent discographies in metal puts Wichita’s Manilla Road in an interesting position. It’s clear that principal architect (and sole founding member) Mark Shelton continues

Impetuous Ritual – Blight Upon Martyred Sentience Review

One of life’s rules of thumb: No one really cares about your dreams, particularly the ones you think are “really fucked up.” Those nightmares are made-to-order for you and you alone – carefully crafted by

Metalian – Midnight Rider Review

Wake up, feel like hell, get ready for work, sit in traffic, manage spreadsheets, eat a sensible lunch, rot in a meeting, rifle through department emails, trash your inbox, sit in traffic, walk the dog,

Anathema – The Optimist Review

I have always been a fan of Anathema, but I haven’t always been a very good fan of Anathema. I was there at the beginning and count The Silent Enigma as required listening for early

Pyramaze – Contingent Review

In 2004, Denmark’s Pyramaze released an album called Melancholy Beast, and it was good. Actually, it was more than good, it was great – the sort of fantastical, sometimes ridiculous, always melodious power metal record

Succumb – Succumb Review

Many moons ago, a friend of mine convinced me to give a strange blend of juice from an eclectic little grocery store in a weird little neighborhood near my work a month-long try for supposed

Phrenelith – Desolate Endscape Review

Look, I get it: there are a lot of death metal bands out there. You get up in the morning, there’s a death metal band already on the toilet. No room on the 7:15am train

Pallbearer – Heartless Review

Having never experienced the luxurious phenomenon that is “success with a band,” it’s difficult for me to gauge the significance of said success on the development of the music. Commercialization is a widely accepted conclusion,