All posts by Zach Duvall

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

Septage ‒ Septic Decadence Review

Goregrind and melodeath pioneers Carcass have a new EP coming out later this month. It will surely be the subject of a lot of excitement and sell quite well. It’ll probably be solid, and at

Anaal Nathrakh ‒ Endarkenment Review

Let’s get the obvious point out of the way right now: about half of Anaal Nathrakh’s career has been rather superfluous. They haven’t really done much new since they truly cemented their formula on the

Sacred Outcry ‒ Damned For All Time Review

If the members of Greece’s Sacred Outcry had had their way, you’d have heard debut full length Damned For All Time about 17 years ago. They originally entered the studio to record it all the

Happy Anneke-Versary: Mandylion Turns 25

Even during the humblest of beginnings, there are signs of emerging greatness. The Gathering’s beginnings were indeed quite humble. Founded by brothers Hans (drums) and René (guitars) Rutten along with vocalist buddy Bart Smits in

Self Hypnosis ‒ Contagion of Despair Review

Contagion of Despair, the first full length from the UK’s Self Hypnosis, is a huge, sprawling album in more ways than one. Most obviously, it pushes 80 minutes in length, which would seem very long

Bear Mace ‒ Charred Field Of Slaughter Review

Fast Rites: because sometimes brevity is fundamental. The easiest way to sell someone on Chicago’s Bear Mace would be to simply say that they often sound a lot like Bolt Thrower and their name is

Atræ Bilis ‒ Divinihility Review

Canada’s Atræ Bilis has the sound of a band made up of pretty diverse tastes within its ranks. Well… let’s walk that back for a second and say that the diversity in tastes is still

Mystras ‒ Castles Conquered and Reclaimed Review

[Cover illustration by Loukas Kalliantasis] Considering the extremely wide range of styles Ayloss has brought to Spectral Lore over the years (atmospheric black metal, electronic, chamber, a general progressive mindset, etc.), it might come across