All posts by Andrew Edmunds

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

Architectural Genocide – Cordyceptic Anthropomorph Review

I’m not 100% sure what “architectural genocide” is… But I know what Architectural Genocide does. For their debut full-length, this quartet brings the brootal, bro, taking cues from the usual Suffo-spects like the US Disgorge,

Silverthorne – Tear The Sky Wide Open Review

Don’t let the picturesque painted pasture on the album art fool you: Silverthorne is not peddling some farmhouse hoedown cow-paddies-an’-banjos folkiness. Nope, this is rock ‘n’ f’n roll, baby… Drummer Brian Tichy should be a

Manic First Impressions: A Belated Dive Into Anacrusis

Like all of us here at Last Rites — and like most all of you, I would guess — I’ve spent a large part of my life exploring this beast called Heavy Metal. Since my

Nils Patrik Johansson – The Great Conspiracy Review

Like the oblivious American that I am, I must concede that I was wholly unfamiliar with the killing of Swedish Prime Minister Olaf Palme back in 1986. Catching up now (read: I researched it on

Stallion – Slaves Of Time Review

When I was a kid just delving into heavy metal, I used to stand in the record store, parked in front of the metal section, and flip through the records and wish I had every

God Dethroned – Illuminati Review

For the most part, melodic death metal and I do not mix. It’s not that I dislike it, per se, but mostly, I just don’t care about it — it so rarely interests me that

Skumstrike – Execution Void Review

From the cabinets of Caligari Records comes Skumstrike’s Execution Void EP, released only on cassette and limited to a mere 150 copies. The band’s third overall release, Execution Void is a significant improvement over 2018’s

Cianide – Unhumanized Review

Sometimes evolution is just unnecessary. Chicago’s gods of caveman death metal Cianide return with their first release in nine years, and only their third in the past twenty. (And even then, Unhumanized is only half