All posts by Old Guard

The retired elite of LastRites/MetalReview.

[::] – XIXIX Review

[::] is more interested in exploration than accessibility. Then again, accessibility in metal is often skewed by our place at the extreme end of the spectrum. Not having a singer, writing long songs, and having

Goblinsmoker – A Throne in Haze, A World Ablaze Review

Deep in the forest at the edge of the clearing, near the overgrown ruins of the Toad King’s ancestral palace, a letter lies on the ground, splashed with blood and caked in mud. It is

Obsidian Tongue – Volume III Review

Last we saw Obsidian Tongue, they redeemed us at the side of the lake on 2015’s four-way split, Northeastern Hymns. Their New England compatriots held up their corners admirably, but Obsidian Tongue stole the show

Best Of 2019 – Fetusghost: Yeah, But What Does The FNG Think?

Hello there, attractive and intelligent reader! You are probably here because you tire of all these other knuckleheads with terrible excellent taste, and you are just chomping at the bit to find out what the

Cattle Decapitation – Death Atlas Review

As at least one person’s favorite New York senator once said, “Everyone is entitled to his own opinion, but not to his own facts.” This feels even more relevant in our current fractured [read: fucking

Xeno Ooze - Parasligm Shift

Xeno Ooze – Parasligm Shift Review

We here at Last Rites are eternal musical explorers. We are constantly looking for our next fix, whether they be warm embraces from established bands like Opeth and Insomnium, the excitement of being on the

Year Of The Cobra – Ash And Dust Review

Being named Year of the Cobra (and writing some bitchin’ tunes) means that with every new release, you have to see “20__ is totally the year of the cobra, bro!” as often as a boy

Malevich – Our Hollow Review

Most good bands conjure anthropomorphized versions of themselves. Maybe it’s just me, but stick with the premise for a moment. Power metal is a soaring metallic eagle like the cover of Screaming for Vengeance, with