Category: Features

Staff Infections – June 2018

Breathe deep the pollen, friends—it’s June. While warm sun and the beautiful flowers are temporary, metal blooms eternal, so let’s see what the Hell all your pals at Last Rites have been listening to for

Last Rites’ Facebook Albums Of The Week: June 10th – June 16th

“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

An Interview With Ray Alder Of Fates Warning – Live From Madrid

Fates Warning has long been a favorite among serious metalheads. These pioneers of the progressive/power metal genre (later turned straight progressive) have forever marched to the beat of their own drummer (usually in a fascinating

Les Underdogs De Grunge

Decades on from its heyday, grunge still evokes cringe-worthy memories. Even a whiff of the genre makes some people gag, and that’s understandable given that many of grunge’s lumberjack balladeers feigned their tortured genius in

Last Rites’ Facebook Albums Of The Week: June 3rd – June 9th

“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

Deathstorm – Reaping What Is Left Review

FAST RITES: because sometimes brevity is fundamental. Reaping What Is Left, the third full length from Austrian thrashers Deathstorm, sounds almost exactly like Slayer. And not the clearly-influenced-by-but-bringing-a-little-something-new type of sounding almost exactly like Slayer,

Diamonds & Rust: Tygers Of Pan Tang – Wild Cat Vs. Spellbound

Music of any kind is not just the sounds you hear. The intangibles matter. The context matters. No one will understand exactly why I love Harry Nilsson’s The Point, and I don’t expect anyone to,

Last Rites’ Facebook Albums Of The Week: May 27th – June 2nd

“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