Category: Features

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

Staff Infections – January 2018

Welcome, friends, to the first Staff Infections of 2018. This marks the first edition in a couple months because, for various reasons, I couldn’t get it together. Let’s just say I’m happy to see the

Oh Hi, 2018: Our Most Anticipated Albums, Part 2

Yesterday, we offered part one of our most anticipated albums of 2018, and noted some of the reasons why we spend so much time in anticipation of new music and art. Today, a word of caution: anticipation

Oh Hi, 2018: Our Most Anticipated Albums, Part 1

Welcome to 2018. Welcome? Is anything really welcoming these days? Isn’t the slow crawl of time just another reminder of our mortality and the fragility of society? Didn’t you just come in here to read

See You Next Year (Or Next Week), Suckers!

As the weather grows colder and 2017 stumbles to an end, it’s time that the Last Rites staff retires to our privately owned island in the South Pacific to frolic and drink and re-charge our

Best Of 2017 – Dave Pirtle: Blitz – The Expurgated Version (The One Without Venenum)

To say it’s been a rough year would be an understatement. I don’t even have to dive deep into the current socio-political climate. This is about ME, goddamnit. Hell, I’ve been so self-involved that I

Best Of 2017 – Sessionsesesses’ Depression Downtime Explosion Project

How about this weather, huh? There is nothing happening this year that is more important to me than what a third of my country did to the rest of us, while another third sat with

Not A Creature Was Stirring, Not Even A Reanimated Corpse Stuffed Into Your Stocking

Well, you’ve almost made it through another year. Another year of life, death, love, hate, labor, boredom, politics and all the good, the bad and the ugly that ends up stacked to the rafters in-between.