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Last Rites Presents: Our Most Anticipated Albums Of 2021, Part 2

Ooh Crikey, it’s… Lawnmower Deth! Wait, no… It’s just Part 2 of our Most Anticipated Releases of 2021, which, fittingly, is filled with things we hope will mow us over this year. How’s your 2021

Last Rites Presents: Our Most Anticipated Albums Of 2021, Part 1

Hey, guess what, we managed to slip into our TWENTIETH year as a metal site under the shared banners of Metal Review and Last Rites. It actually happened at some point last year, but we

Best Of 2020 – Last Rites Combined Staff Top 25

Thanks to all the artists and their collective creative spirit, we still manage to live amidst an embarrassment of riches, despite the whipping vortex of chaos that continues to swirl around us as 2020 slowly

Best Of 2020 – Top 10 EPs & Demos

Welcome back to our long journey through the best metal that 2020 has to offer. Today we dig into the riffy hors d’oeuvres, machine-gunning tapas, and double-kicking dim sum of the heavy metal world. The

Best Of 2020 – Our Album Art Favorites

Heavy metal is, first and foremost, sound. Such is the truth for all music, but it’s also so much more. For example, with each style comes, well, style. Michigan’s Fab 5 was inextricably linked to

Hooray And Thanksgivings For The Good Shit

You don’t need us to tell you what kind of year 2020 has been. It’s not like this misery came out of nowhere, but 2020 upped the shit-ante like shit-Batman smashing the shit-vase. With this

A Devil’s Dozen – Blind Guardian

[Artwork: Felipe Machado // interior gatefolds of the 2018 Nuclear Blast remasters] Once upon a time, there was no such thing as power metal, and the earth was without form, and void, and darkness was

Missing Pieces: The Best Of What We Missed In 2020 So Far, Volume 2

Surely you checked out Volume 1 of this feature, but if you didn’t, to catch you up now, we’re revisiting some jewels that we stupidly didn’t cover during the first six months of the absolute