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Missing Pieces: The Best Of What We Missed In 2021 So Far, Volume 1

A long time ago in this very same galaxy, Last Rites was a website named MetalReview, and for several of MetalReview’s early years, the policy was to review everything that was sent our way. Like

A Devil’s Dozen – Meshuggah

Meshuggah is about much more than rhythmic trickery. That isn’t to say that they aren’t very much about rhythmic trickery, because with all their polyrhythms and irregular phrase lengths and odd time signatures, they definitely

Gateways To Getting Annihilated: Happy National Beer Day

To quote a great philosopher (who knows so much about nothing at all): “Beer: the cause of, and the solution to, all of life’s problems.” Here at Last Rites, we enjoy a good beer. And

As Ever, This Is The Golden Age – An Interview With Wobbler

Last Rites’ graybeards and greenhorns alike share an abiding love of the classic styles. Likewise, we appreciate and even revel in all that shiny new shit at the cutting edge. As such, we reject the

Expression Is Free: Sufism Interview

Death metal, particularly that of the brutal kind, is not often entrenched firmly in the spiritual realms existing far beyond — and above — our consciousness. Rather, the brutal death metal tends to focus on

A Devil’s Dozen – Manilla Road

There was a time when we the people of Last Rites, in order to form a more reasonable union, occasionally cheated with our Devil’s Dozen feature. We’d look at a body of work from legendary

Mystery, Myth, Wit, And Spit: Rush’s Moving Pictures At 40

By the time Rush released Moving Pictures early in 1981, they’d already completed a major phase shift from blues-based hard rock to full on prog rock and then produced no fewer than four indisputably classic

Last Rites Presents: Our Most Anticipated Albums Of 2021, Part 3

Heyho! Well, here we are at the Last Chance Saloon, which is an entirely different beast compared to the Last Rites Saloon in that the former offers one final shot at highlighting albums we sincerely