All posts by Zach Duvall

Last Rites Co-Owner; Senior Editor; Obnoxious overuser of baseball metaphors.

Opeth ‒ In Cauda Venenum Review

Eleven years. That’s how long it’s been since Opeth has released an album that could really be considered heavy metal. Odds are high that you made up your mind about the wholly progressive rock era

A Paler Commune: In Honor Of Opeth’s Lighter Side

“FUCK THE SOFT SHIT,” screamed some knuckle-dragging doofus after Opeth played a song from Damnation on the 2006 Gigantour run throughout North America. “No, don’t fuck the soft shit. It’s part of who we are,”

Crypt Sermon ‒ The Ruins Of Fading Light Review

Epic doom metal is called such because from its earliest days it was linked to the nature of epicness ‒ heroics, theatricality, a grand tale, etc. ‒ to the point that the title of the

Eclipser – Pathos Review

Let’s get the necessary cliche right out of the way: Ottowa’s Eclipser has a little something for everyone. Okay, “everyone” might be a bit of a stretch, because black metal with vocals this harsh and

Diamonds & Rust: Napalm Death ‒ Utopia Banished

For the better part of three decades, Napalm Death has been one of extreme music’s greatest examples of consistency and stability, with the only lineup change since the early 90s being the departure and death

Hagzissa – They Ride Along Review

The cover art of They Ride Along, the full length debut from Austria’s Hagzissa, looks like a teenage scrawl on a piece of construction paper. This is no mistake. The figure ‒ arms out and

Mylingar ‒ Döda Själar Review

Sports website Deadspin recently posted an article about the NYC Hot Sauce Expo, where hot chili farmers and makers of spicy sauces come in droves to show off the fruits of their various labors. The

Disentomb ‒ The Decaying Light Review

After a rather standard, toilet-and-trash (and great) brutal/slam debut, Australia’s Disentomb showed bits of growth on sophomore outing Misery. Sure, it was still loaded with pummels and riffs of the most brutal order, but the