Category: Features

Staff Infections – November 2020

Hello, dear readers. It’s November—mid-November by the time you read this—which would ordinarily mean this awful year is almost over, but I would not be surprised if 2020 somehow manage to last thirteen or fourteen

Just A Little Of Your Fire: A Dark Quarterer Primer

Dark Quarterer is a heavy metal band from Italy and it’s okay if you don’t know who they are. That fact would probably surprise virtually no one, actually, including the band. If you are already

In Crust We Trust: Vol 20

Kia ora, comrades. Welcome to the 20th edition of In Crust We Trust. I feel like reaching 20 editions of this column calls on me to say thanks, once again, for tuning in. Obviously, there

Black, Raw, & Spooky: B’witched By The Haunted Hallows Of The Black Metal Underground

Greetings, Trav’lers, and welcome once again to another edition of Black, Raw, & Bleeding. This month, we seek wisdom of the metals most black not in the bleakness of the new moon, but in preparation

Track Premiere: Ceremonial Bloodbath – “The Throat Of Belial”

Since Venom’s Welcome To Hell, bands of the metal persuasion have been sending listeners off on adventures into various interpretations of the underworld. As extreme metal evolved, so did the landscapes it portrayed. Hell went from

Staff Infections – September 2020

Hello, friends. It’s October, and it’s time for Staff Infections, where, normally, we discuss what the last Rites staff has been listening to for the past month. Right now, however, we’re going to talk about

Black, Raw, & Bleeding: Into The Castles, Catacombs, Caverns, & Crypts Of The Black Metal Underground

Here we are, once again emerging from the new moon: the darkest of eves in the lunar calendar, the one night of the month when the light of the sun no longer reflects upon the

Staff Infections – September 2020

Hi, friends. It’s September; September of the year 2020, unfortunately. In light of this fact, we here at Last Rites hope you and yours are safe from fire, flood, and plague, though the chances of