All posts by Last Rites


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

Abysmal Dawn – From Ashes Review

Chris Sessions’ take: Better. SO much better. Aiden and Surrender of Divinity kind of took a little of my love for the job down the fucking toilet with the rest of the indigestible artificial additives

In Flames – Come Clarity Review

Dave Pirtle’s take: Good news – this ain’t Soundtrack To Your Escape Bad news – this ain’t The Jester Race And you know what? You just might like it anyway. I’ve already seen this album called a