All posts by Andrew Edmunds

Last Rites Co-Owner; Senior Editor; born in the cemetery, under the sign of the MOOOOOOON...

Exil – Warning Review

Experience matters. Between the four of them, the members of Stockholm’s Exil have a lifetime’s worth of experience in hardcore and metal, from the raging Umeå punk of DS-13 and UX Vileheads to the grinding

Cathexis – Untethered Abyss Review

Tech-death is a monster with many forms. Sometimes the monster takes the form of a juggernaut, come to bludgeon you to death with brute strength, its fists the size of asteroids attached to arms with

General Surgery – Lay Down And Be Counted Review

Like so many of us, the five Swedes in General Surgery spent the past year or so in lockdown. So they did what we all should have done with our unexpected spare time: They wrote

Flotsam & Jetsam – Blood In The Water Review

Whatever fires were relit somewhere around the self-titled record; whatever mystical chalice was drunk from to restore the waters of life; whatever devilish bargain was struck to recover the spark of a long-lost youth… …it’s

Fluids – Not Dark Yet Review

Generally speaking, “stupid” means “unintelligent,” and then again, I’ve also been known to use it as a superlative. And sometimes, it works both ways, like when I say “Fluids is stupid heavy.” This Arizona-based trio

Sunbomb – Evil And Divine Review

Another of Frontiers Records’ apparently endless combinations of hard rock all-stars, Sunbomb is the pairing of Stryper vocalist / guitarist Michael Sweet with L.A. Guns / ex-Brides Of Destruction shredder Tracii Guns. Per Guns, the

Birdflesh – All The Miseries Review

Heavy metal, of course, is very serious business. Anger, misanthropy, pessimism, dour facial expressions, dark clothing, corpse paint, all the loud, all the fast, the ugly, and the brutal… It’s all Very Very Serious Business.

Terminalist – The Great Acceleration Review

Self-described genre tags are always a mixed bag. On the one hand, many bands don’t conform to the pre-existing parameters of whatever style or sub-style, but on the other hand, the reason those styles and