All posts by Zach Duvall

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

Boris – Heavy Rocks 2022 Review

In their 30 year history, Boris has only ever expanded outward, and generally excelled at whatever sound they choose to take up. Even the simply-titled Heavy Rocks series refuses to stick to its original formula

Diamonds & Rust: 25 Years Of Devin Townsend’s Ocean Machine

I’ll wait for the ocean to rise up And meet me, as it rose up before If you’re at least 25 years of age ‒ and by virtue of reading an article about a 90s

Ashenspire – Hostile Architecture Review

Here’s a truth about art that is all too often forgotten: art needs to be political. Art begs to be political. Here’s another truth about art that is all too often forgotten: art needs to

Bekor Qilish ‒ Throes Of Death From The Dreamed Nihilism Review

In music (and all art), there’s generally a distinction between things that are blatantly, intentionally strange or just end up that way because the people making it are weirdos. Even just within the “avant-garde” tag,

Mournful Congregation ‒ The Exuviae Of Gods – Part I Review

In his intro of our Devil’s Dozen of My Dying Bride, Dan Obstkrieg describes the UK greats’ overwhelming commitment to sadness, and I would go even farther and anoint MDB the all-time lords of heavy

Luminous Vault ‒ Animate The Emptiness Review

[Cover art by fivetimesno] Animate the Emptiness, the first full length from New York’s Luminous Vault, is by definition a heavy metal album, and yet, it is also not a heavy metal album. To frame

I Am the Night ‒ While the Gods Are Sleeping Review

[Cover art by Kristian “Necrolord” Wåhlin] The Grand World of Heavy Metal Music is no stranger to works of tribute, typically to an era or sound or Days of Yore, but sometimes bands zero in

Meshuggah ‒ Immutable Review

In the six years since Meshuggah released The Violent Sleep of Reason, a couple things have become clear about that album: it was their weakest effort since debut Contradictions Collapse, but was more than strong