All posts by Zach Duvall

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

Enslaved ‒ Caravans To The Outer Worlds Review

Here’s the blistering hot take on the new Enslaved EP, Caravans to the Outer Worlds, that we know you’re craving like grandma’s homemade biscuits: The title track is the most immediate, urgent, and possibly best

Replicant ‒ Malignant Reality Review

There’s something to be said for finding a core sound and generally sticking within its bounds. No one expects Cannibal Corpse to suddenly start adding power metal vocals any more than they’d expect Blind Guardian

Headshrinker ‒ Callous Indifference Review

One of the neatest things in death metal over the last couple years has been the number of bands putting unique spins on old sounds while still firmly remaining within the walls of death metal.

Septage ‒ Septisk Eradikasyon Review

Even in a year as loaded with great goregrind as 2020, the debut demo from Copenhagen’s Septage really stood out. Septic Decadence was four tunes in just under 12 minutes, loaded with blasts and tremolo

Ophidian I ‒ Desolate Review

[Artwork by the incomparable Eliran Kantor] The most convenient way to describe Desolate, the sophomore effort from Icelandic tech-deathers Ophidian I, is to call it a serious guitar nerd’s death metal album. This is far

Lord Mortvm ‒ Diabolical Omen of Hell Review

Fast Rites: because sometimes brevity is fundamental. Norway’s Lord Mortvm plays the type of metal that was best back when dirtbags knew they were dirtbags. Back when Saint Vitus was adding the punk grit to

Siderean ‒ Lost On Void’s Horizon Review

Sometimes the potential of a band is more tantalizing than the present, even if the present is still pretty entertaining. Take for instance Slovenia’s Siderean, who aren’t exactly new to the game, but are new

Perilaxe Occlusion ‒ Raytraces of Death Review

You know what’s fun? FUN. Sure, there’s a time and place for the kind of uber dark, bog-crawling, inhuman metal ov death that is popular with the cavemanliest corners of the metal crowd. That same