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50 Years Of ‘Black Sabbath’ & 50 Years Of Heavy Metal

Did heavy metal begin with Black Sabbath, or were the young Brummies behind that grim denomination simply the optimal vessels at that very moment for an entity perhaps as old as the Earth itself? Few

Farewell To A King: RIP Neil Peart

[Beyond the Lighted Stage: Banger Films] Rush is for the nerds. Okay, sure, the band is clearly for everyone, but it’s hardly a newsflash to reaffirm the fact that, in a great many cases, people

A Devil’s Dozen – Paradise Lost

“Sad songs say so much.” — ancient Eltonese proverb. WHY SO GLUM, CHUM? It’s said that art mirrors life, so then it follows that art is empty and largely meaningless without emotion, and then further,

Last Rites Presents: Our Most Anticipated Albums Of 2020, Part 2

Hello, friends. Welcome back to 2020 and to another batch of the Last Rites crew’s most highly anticipated metal albums of 2020, which is the year we just entered. Yesterday in Part 1, we ran

Last Rites Presents: Our Most Anticipated Albums Of 2020, Part 1

Hello, friends. Welcome back from whatever holiday-based bender of debauchery you’ve been on for the past week or two. It is, as you know, now 2020. This doesn’t mean you have to celebrate the return

Best Of 2019 – Last Rites Combined Staff Top 25

Well, Mark Tremonti of Alter Bridge was deemed “Guitarist Of The Decade” by the readers of Guitar World Magazine. From what I can tell, he seems like a good guy, so congrats to him. And

Best Of 2019 – Top 10 EPs & Demos

In the lyrics to “I Wish,” the title track of the album of the same name, rapper Skee-Lo wished for many things. He wished for cars, for girls, for a rabbit in a hat with

Best Of 2019 – Our Album Art Favorites

What is “ART?” Some people think it’s an acronym. There are basically two groups of thought here. And I’ll warn you in advance, they are very confrontational about their differing beliefs. The first group believes