All posts by Last Rites

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Trivium – The Crusade Review

Chris Sessions’ take: Trivium, then? OK, so what are my impressions? Not my cup o Joe, sailor. This is just more of the same shit I have been hoping to avoid reviewing for about a

Suffocation – Suffocation Review

Doug Moore’s take: As I see it, there are two ways of looking at 2006 for death metal as a genre. On one hand, you could decry the lack of significant stylistic innovation from younger

Iron Maiden – A Matter Of Life And Death Review

Chris Chellis’ take: History unfolds before us and the two-ton text that is Maiden slaps us across the face yet again to demand another thorough read with A Matter of Life and Death.  Like any aging author whose

Lamb Of God – Sacrament Review

Doug Moore’s take: Dismember. Nile. Arch Enemy. Bolt Thrower (lord, do they ever). Dying Fetus. Fear Factory. Exodus. Hatebreed. Phobia. Deicide. Vader. And hell, even Slayer. What do all of these bands have in common?

Slayer – Christ Illusion Review

Brendan Kyle’s take: Let’s be honest here: Slayer hasn’t had a truly classic album since South of Heaven way back in 1988. That’s not to say they haven’t written some great songs since then but

Satyricon – Now, Diabolical Review

Chris Sessions’ take: Satyricon is a well known black metal band and they write pretty interesting black metal songs, but the method of recording these songs is somewhat limp. Which is unfortunate, but not a

Tool – 10,000 Days Review

Matthew Cooper’s take: I’ll make two things clear. First, in certain cases the most helpful thing a reviewer can do is to make his opinions on a band’s prior work as clear as his thoughts

Enslaved – Ruun Review

Matthew Cooper’s take: More often than not, the word “progressive” is used as a locator, a sonic line of demarcation, rather than an actual meaningful descriptor. The word is tailor made for Enslaved, a band