All posts by Zach Duvall

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

Myrkur – Mareridt Review

The presence of Amalie Bruun in the black metal scene has probably resulted in as much discussion about non-musical factors as it has about the actual sounds of Myrkur. The basement-dwelling masses feel as if

Vanum – Burning Arrow Review

FAST RITES: because sometimes brevity is fundamental. Vanum, a collaboration between Michael Rekevics (Fell Voices, Vorde, others) and Kyle Morgan (Ash Borer, Predatory Light, also others), released a promising black metal album in 2015’s Realm

Paradise Lost – Medusa Review

To say that Paradise Lost has been on an upward trajectory since the beginning of the current millennium is a bit of an understatement. The climb back to greatness was gradual, however, with each album

Void Ritual – Heretical Wisdom Review

FAST RITES: because sometimes brevity is fundamental. After testing the waters with a smattering of EP, split, and compilation material, Heretical Wisdom is the first proper full length from Albuquerque’s Void Ritual. The sole product

Vulture – The Guillotine Review

Us long time metal fans spend a lot of our waking hours discussing the wonderful stuff. Such talks typically reveal positions all along the Innovative-to-Traditional Spectrum of Preferences. Some folks are set in their ways,

Tchornobog – Tchornobog Review

There is perhaps no more insuppressible force in nature than a volcano. Eruptions destroy the works of man and nature using a variety of elemental weapons, sometimes swiftly and sometimes through crawling inevitability. Lava oozes

Dzö-nga – The Sachem’s Tale Review

To fans of some of the greatest atmospheric, somewhat “avant-garde” works in the history of black metal, Boston’s Dzö-nga provides a bit of a conundrum. On one hand, The Sachem’s Tale provides a damn fine,

Engulfed – Engulfed In Obscurity Review

With a musical style that has been around as long as death metal, the most common case is that a band’s influences are worn on their sleeves like so many vest patches, with musicians incapable