All posts by Zach Duvall

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

Sky Shadow Obelisk – The Satyr’s Path Review

[Artwork by Lucas Korte] If you’ve even remotely followed the catalog of Sky Shadow Obelisk, then you know that you can only truly expect a couple things with each new release: it’s going to be

Reveal! – Scissorgod Review

If you can decipher precisely what the plop is happening on the cover art for Scissorgod, the third full length from Sweden’s Reveal!, then you either have a keener artistic eye than most or you’re

Obsequiae – The Palms of Sorrowed Kings Review

Over a full decade and just a few albums, Minnesota’s Obsequiae has carved out quite the successful micro-niche in metal. Their melodic black metal is self-described as “medieval metal,” and the combination of Old World-y

Angel Witch – Angel Of Light Review

[Artwork by Adam Burke] The lifespan of great NWOBHM band was by no means uniform. Some had relatively short initial careers – they can’t all be Saxon, let alone Iron Maiden – only to reunite

1349 – The Infernal Pathway Review

1349 isn’t exactly a band that does things unexpectedly. Sure, Revelations of the Black Flame saw them taking on more atmosphere and ambience, but it kinda sucked, so they quickly course-corrected to their roots. For

Algebra – Pulse? Review

Thrash’s detractors like to claim that the genre lacks both stylistic depth and recent evolution. The former is silly because there are about as many forms of thrash as there are of the other major

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,”