All posts by Zach Duvall

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

Sadistic Ritual – Visionaire Of Death Review

More than just about any style of metal, it’s nearly impossible to stand out as a thrash band. That’s really been the case since it was the dominant form of metal way back in the

Esoctrilihum – The Telluric Ashes of the O Vrth Immemorial Gods Review

[Cover art by Alan “Medusawolf” Brown; click here for the full painting.] Esoctrilihum’s lone member Asthâghul is the kind of prodigious talent that really makes a guy question his life’s achievements. Over the course of

Pound ‒ •• Review

The new record by Seattle’s Pound, the title of which is just two dots, is absolutely bonkers. Bonkers. The most convenient way to describe it would be as an instrumental hybrid of Meshuggah and The

Epectase – Astres Review

Astres, the debut full length from French duo Epectase, manages to be both incredibly promising and a mite confounding all at once, often for the intertwining reasons. The record is absolutely sprawling in both style

Riot City – Burn the Night Review

Sometimes you’re sitting around with your buddies, listening to all your favorite old records, when you notice one of the guys staring extra intently at the iconic sleeve art of Screaming for Vengeance. “You guys

Arch / Matheos – Winter Ethereal Review

Sympathetic Resonance is now rightly viewed as a classic of progressive heavy metal. It delivered the promise of the Twist of Fate EP and completed the comeback of one of prog’s most important duos: Fates

Cosmic Putrefaction – At The Threshold Of The Greatest Chasm Review

Gabriele Gramaglia is the type of metal artist that prefers to keep his works compartmentalized. The Clearing Path offers Gorguts-meets-DHG weirdo prog/black metal that is as likely to confuse as to delight; Summit takes a

Suffering Hour ‒ Dwell Review

Suffering Hour’s full length debut, 2017’s In Passing Ascension, was a dark but often entrancingly melodic collection of blackened death metal that bared no small resemblance to The Chasm. That is, The Chasm if they