All posts by Lone Watie

(The Return Of) The Proglodyte’s Bonepile: Devin Townsend, Dream Theater, Queensrÿche And More

If you ask anybody who’s been reading Last Rites reviews and features for a while (maybe even back to the Metal Review days), it’s pretty obvious what constitutes our humble site’s wheelhouse: Traditional Heavy Metal,

Rhapsody Of Fire – The Eighth Mountain Review

You don’t have to be a D&D dork to love symphonic power metal. There’s nothing that says that, in order to enjoy Rhapsody of Fire, you have to have memorized a monster manual or enjoyed

Lord Divine – Facing Chaos Review

I don’t pretend to be any kind of expert on show business, heavy metal or otherwise, at any level, especially whatever level it is that somehow marks the transition from ordinary to significant. But (and

Voivod – The Wake Review

We’re each of us the sum of our experiences, aren’t we? And because most of us are human beings with both a sense of shame and an intense desire to connect with other people (somehow),

Redemption – Long Night’s Journey Into Day Review

Seems music buffs are always looking for better, especially when we’re having new albums tossed at us like the old man’s bread crumbs to the ducks (fuck off, pigeons). And metal music is oh-so-happy to

Embracing The Gray – A Reflection On Fates Warning’s Most Unique Moment

When Last Rites decided to do a Devil’s Dozen for Fates Warning, there was the usual consternation over what was to be included even after the initial votes had been tallied. I had trouble with

High Spirits – Motivator Review

There’s just so many things on a given day that I do not want to do. Work. Pay bills. Mow the lawn. Shower. I’ll go out on a limb here and guess that’s true for

Virus – Memento Collider Review

Even if each Virus release has moved ever further from the black metal that anchored the band’s innovative beginnings as Ved Buens Ende, it’s really only made more salient their utter originality. Virus’ unique sound