All posts by Zach Duvall

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

Morbid Angel – Kingdoms Disdained Review

Trey Azagthoth is a prankster. Upon first glance, Kingdoms Disdained appears to be the long-awaited back-to-basics album that fans expected with Dave Vincent’s return on Illud Divinum Insanus. After all, this is the first Morbid

Inconcessus Lux Lucis – The Crowning Quietus Review

The Crowning Quietus, the second full length and fourth proper release overall for Inconcessus Lux Lucis, is a gateway drug. It’s an extreme metal gateway drug for folks put off by the arena sheen of

Tetragrammacide – Primal Incinerators of Moral Matrix Review

FAST RITES: because sometimes brevity is fundamental. On one hand, debut full length Primal Incinerators of Moral Matrix sees India’s Tetragrammacide falling right in line with the kind of wall-of-sound black/death metal that is often

Daemusinem – Thy Ungodly Defiance Review

Throughout its history, death metal has been warped and molded into any number of permutations, with several different dials that bands can twist to arrive at their desired destination. Need more artsy avant-gardery? Turn up

Vuur – In This Moment We Are Free – Cities Review

If there’s one thing that can be said about Anneke van Giersbergen, it is that she is one of the world’s most spectacular vocal talents. Few, if any, can express as wide a range of

Satyricon – Deep Calleth Upon Deep Review

While they’ve never received as much credit for their artistic spirit as have the Enslaveds and Ihsahns of the world, Satyricon has shifted and morphed subtly throughout the years, and have always followed their own

Cradle Of Filth – Cryptoriana Review

When Cradle of Filth was at the peak of their extreme metal powers in the late 90s, a career arc that included descending into cartoonish mediocrity was… actually fairly predictable. Even at their greatest, this

Howls of Ebb / Khthoniik Cerviiks – With Gangrene Edges / Voiidwarp Review

On paper, a split featuring the Bay Area’s Howls of Ebb and Germany’s Khthoniik Cerviiks is about as perfect a pairing as one can imagine. In their respective young careers, both have been among the