All posts by Chris Sessions

I write for Last Rites, but in my mind it is spelled Lassed Writes because I am a dreamer.

NIXA – Opus Tierra Review

Metal is made up of certain characteristics, just like life itself. A bird is not just a flying dinosaur—it is a specific kind of animal defined by a LOT of characteristics. Same with a snake

Noisem – Cease To Exist Review

Death. Black. Grind. Speed. Thrash. Crust. The basic species of metal. As I stumble my way through the Zoology courses I am taking I am struck, again and again, how backwards the whole enterprise can

Your Metal Isn’t Even Metal, Unless It Is. And I’m Old.

Welcome back. I hope you got some rest since my last article. You will need it—this is a fucking Proust-level word grinder. Last Rites better be grateful they don’t pay me by the word. Or

Sanhedrin – The Poisoner Review

Female voices in rock music used to leave me a little cold. On her good days, Ann Wilson would get me moving, but most of the time the voices just missed some mark I could

Critical Defiance – Misconception Review

What do you do as a band if you just want to play your riffs and your melodies the way you want to, at the speed you want, the intensity you want, and with the

The Grunge That Stole Hairmass

GRUNGE It was both what and not what you think. It came on the heels of the thrash explosion, and it signed the death warrant for LA glam “metal.” It was a few great nobodies

Best Of 2018 – Chris Sessions: Are You Slimy Enough For 2018?

ON THE YEAR Last year at this time I was angry. Constant anger starts to numb the spirit. You feel tired rather than restless. So you stop paying attention, focus back in on the minute

Sweet!? You Bet Your Sweet Ass…

Nobody knows who Sweet were or what they were doing. Sorry, I can’t look at pictures of Sweet without thinking of Spinal Tap. In discussing the interchange between hard rock and heavy metal, there are