All posts by Zach Duvall

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

Song Moratorium: Cease and De-Setlist

Music is communicated via two means: recorded media and live. We undoubtedly hear it more coming from the former, but the latter — the gig, the show, the concert — is the heart of heavy

Hamferð – Támsins Likam Review

The desire to associate winter with black metal is a natural one. The traditional black and white cover art is a very close reflection of the visual de-saturation of the outside world via snow and

Corrosion of Conformity – No Cross No Crown Review

For a band that sold a pretty sizable number of records and spent time in the 90s opening for the likes of Metallica, Corrosion of Conformity sure does have a wacky history… [deep breath] The

Best Of 2017 – Zach Duvall: Recalculating… Recalculating…

Howdy. As the full team top 25 article stated, 2017 was a year of big shifts at Last Rites. It was also a huge year of personal change for myself, but you don’t care about

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