All posts by Zach Duvall

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

Funereal Presence – Achatius Review

New York-by-way-of-Germany black metal act Funereal Presence is another in the long line of projects that will remind listeners of many bands while sounding like none of them. Considering that the one band member –

Monolithe ‒ From Equinox To Solstice – Live At Beltane Review

The concept of a live album is an interesting one in 2019. It has, after all, been over 40 years since the heydey of The Live Album when records like Comes Alive, At Budokan, Tokyo

The Wandering Ascetic – Crimson Review

Crimson, the debut full length from Singapore’s The Wandering Ascetic, is the type of record that shows how truly unsurprising it is to hear music that is rather “post-genre” in 2019. Not a genre that

Sulphur Aeon – The Scythe Of Cosmic Chaos Review

When Sulphur Aeon dropped their debut full length Swallowed by the Ocean’s Tide in 2013, they appeared fully formed. Not fully formed as original visionaries, mind you, but fully formed as a cohesive unit that

Best Of 2018 – Zach Duvall: Confessions Of A Cornfed Crackpot

Greetings, you husks. This year, instead of some State of the Scene Address, we’re going to talk about consensus in music fandom, and how it doesn’t really exist. Yes, seeing the same albums top every

In The Woods… – Cease the Day Review

The reunion of Norway’s In the Woods… a few years ago was as pleasant as it was unexpected. In the 90s, the band released three wildly different albums that brought a whole lot of sweeping

Deceased – Ghostly White Review

Deceased has long felt like a timeless, immovable object within heavy metal, the type of band that looks back on decades of ripped jeans and leather jackets while also being a predictor that the culture

Evoken – Hypnagogia Review

New Jersey’s Evoken has been one of metal’s great purveyors of misery for over 20 years now, and within the already extremely specific niche of funeral doom has maintained a bit of a micro-niche by