All posts by Last Rites


Amon Amarth – Twilight Of The Thunder God Review

Chris McDonald’s take: As reliable as ice cream cake is delicious, Amon Amarth may not be the most technical, inventive, or progressive metal band around, but damn it if they aren’t as consistent as anyone

Judas Priest – Nostradamus Review

Andrew Edmunds’ take: May the Metal Gods forgive me for what I’m about to write… Many a press-release has been issued over the past few years about Judas Priest‘s Nostradamus project, a double-length concept record

Opeth – Watershed Review

Dave Pirtle’s take: As one of only two remaining staffers from the historic Ghost Reveries review, I felt somewhat obligated to offer my two cents on Watershed. I even went back and reread my review of

Testament – The Formation Of Damnation Review

Madman’s take: What a long strange trip it’s been for Testament to get to this point. It started back in 1999 with the release of The Gathering, a snarling beast of a thrash album that was

High On Fire – Death Is This Communion Review

Jim Brandon’s take: The onslaught of metal I’ve withstood in the past 16 months as a member of this staff has taken its toll, and as a result, there are very few albums released over

Megadeth – United Abominations Review

Jim Brandon’s take: By now, it’s pretty clear that most people know what they want and don’t want when it comes to Megadeth. Through vodka and heroin-enhanced brilliance, to groundbreaking technical wizardry, to introspective exercising

Minsk – The Ritual Fires Of Abandonment Review

Jim Brandon’s take: Change is essential for progression, even if the foundation remains the same. For instance, the lead-off track to The Ritual Fires Of Abandonment by my Chicago neighbors Minsk, instantly separates itself from

Jesu – Conqueror Review

Ian Chainey’s take: Metalgaze? So, that’s what we’re calling this now? Okay, sure, Justin Broadrick’s recent riffs are comparable to a slowed down “Only Shallow” being played through Type O Negative‘s amps. I get that.