All posts by Andrew Edmunds

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

Socioclast – Socioclast Review

The press materials for this debut EP from Cali trio Socioclast namechecks grindcore masters Discordance Axis and Assück. Them’s big shoes to fill, big names to swing around. But hey, if you can hang with

Mortify – Grotesque Buzzsaw Defilement Review

This is not your run-of-the-mill buzzsaw defilement, kids. This is the grotesque kind. Remember to keep your hands and feet inside the vehicle at all times… Japan’s Mortify is something of a supergroup: Drummer Peter

Sete Star Sept – Bird Review

Sometimes I wonder what may be wrong with me, that I should seek out such sounds that would typically be described as unpleasant. Often, I would imagine, others wonder the same, particularly any unlucky passenger

Pounder – Breaking The World Review

Pounder’s last full-length, 2019’s Uncivilized, was a collection of fun and well crafted songs marred by one pretty significant stumbling block. A throwback metal outfit in the vein of so many these days (see: Traveller,

Accept – Too Mean To Die Review

It’s been a decade now since Accept defied the odds and came screaming back to full strength with a new singer. Their first record with Mark Tornillo behind the mic, 2010’s Blood Of The Nations,

Asphyx – Necroceros Review

It’s a bit of an inside joke around Last Rites World Headquarters that ol’ Andy here only likes bands that debuted decades ago. And, hey, that’s okay — I can take some good-natured joshing… But

Children Of Technology – Written Destiny Review

When civilization collapses, fuel and ammunition will be humanity’s most valuable resources. You know it. I know it. George Miller knows it. That’s why I keep hundreds of full five-gallon gas cans and thousands of

Depravity – Grand Malevolence Review

I sometimes feel a twinge of sorrow for a record released in December. By that point, all the year-end lists are set and settled, with precious coverage space at blogs and zines dedicated to albums