Category: Features

Staff Infections – August 2018

It’s that time of the month again, friends. No, not that time of the month—it’s time for Staff Infections, wherein the Last Rites staff members share what they’ve been listening to over the last lunar

Last Rites’ Facebook Albums Of The Week: August 5th – August 11th

“Album Of The Day” is a Last Rites Facebook feature we started whose purpose is quite straight-forward: highlight one album per day and say a few words about it. Understanding that not everyone chooses to

Hood’s Gate, Greet Him Well – He Was A Hero

I must admit, Toll the Hounds, although not my favorite book, left its fucking mark on me. Erikson’s father, R.S. Lundin, died while he was writing that book, so it focuses so much on the

Last Rites’ Facebook Albums Of The Week: July 29th – August 4th

“Album Of The Day” is a Last Rites Facebook feature we started whose purpose is quite straight-forward: highlight one album per day and say a few words about it. Understanding that not everyone chooses to

On Death – Grim, Inevitable Death – In Metal

There is a book of heavy metal. No one wrote it. It exists in the ether, in the songs and albums and album art and performances and memories of we who read it. It is

Progenie Terrestre Pura – starCross Review

FAST RITES: because sometimes brevity is fundamental. As they did after their first LP, Italy’s industrial/black metal/sci-fi wizards Progenie Terrestre Pura have followed up the monstrous oltreLuna with an EP. But in contrast to the

Last Rites’ Facebook Albums Of The Week: July 22nd – July 28th

“Album Of The Day” is a Last Rites Facebook feature we started whose purpose is quite straight-forward: highlight one album per day and say a few words about it. Understanding that not everyone chooses to

Rest In Peace, Mark “The Shark” Shelton—The Spiral Castle Has Received Her King

It was the summer of 2012, and it should have been an unmitigated disaster. A small metal festival in the heart of Ohio made even smaller by record-setting temperatures and a tornado that ripped half