All posts by Ryan Tysinger

I listen to music, then I write about it. On Twitter @d00mfr0gg (Outro: The Winds Of Mayhem)

Track Premiere: Black Earth – “Abject Practices Beyond The Threshold”

On the precipice of its second wave, a particular factor began to make itself more and more relevant to the emerging subgenre of black metal. Bands like Beherit in Finland or Xantotol in Poland were

Atlantean Kodex – The Course Of Empire Review

It’s been six years since we’ve gotten a studio full-length from the epic metal titans in Atlantean Kodex in the form of The White Goddess, the album that solidified the band’s place amongst the upper

ShadowStrike – Legends Of Human Spirit Review

Do you believe in Destiny? Then reach deep within thineself, crusaders of light, and heed the beckoning call of Fate as it carries from the mythical kingdom of Long Island, New York. Five mighty bards

An Interview With Cryptae

Cryptae sit apart from their peers in their approach to mind-bending death metal. Hailing from The Netherlands, the duo released their eponympus demo last year, creating a buzz through underground circles across the globe. The

Abysmal Lord – Exaltation Of The Infernal Cabal Review

There are records that were made to be treated as an experience. These records were made for lighting some votives, shutting off the lights and sinking back into the couch as you allow the music

Olkoth – The Immortal Depths & Treasures Of Necromancy Review

Several of us here at Last Rites share an affinity for castles, whether it be sprawling towers lunging towards a moonlit sky on an album cover or tales of laying siege to a mighty fortress

Cryptae – Vestigial Review

Death metal. Possibly considered the common denominator amongst many fans of heavy metal in the modern age, it has held its grip on the hearts of fans since its inception in the late 80s to

Véritable Acier De France: A French Heavy Metal Primer (1980-1985)

Heavy metal is a worldwide phenomenon. While its godfathers in Black Sabbath and fathers in Judas Priest were playing the style years before the dawn of the New Wave Of British Heavy Metal, this era