Category: Features

Staff Infections – March 2020

Hello, dear readers. I don’t think I have to go into much detail when I say there’s a lot of shit going on in the world lately, and not much of it is good. In

10s Essentials – Volume One

Surely by now you’ve gotten the hint that the Last Rites collective is a fan of “Best of Lists.” Not just year-end lists, but BIG lists that yank full decades through our extremely sophisticated and

Manic First Impressions: A Belated Dive Into Anacrusis

Like all of us here at Last Rites — and like most all of you, I would guess — I’ve spent a large part of my life exploring this beast called Heavy Metal. Since my

Last Rites Presents: Ask 2 Idiots — The Lugubrum Trio ‘Plage Chômage’ Edition

Over the last several weeks, we (the two idiots… The Ask 2 Idiots) have received hundreds of thousands of letters from all over world asking two specific questions: 1) What happened to you idiots, and

Death Metal Dossier: Crypt Dagger, Malleus, And Muscipula

Welcome to the year two thousand and twenty the year of someone’s lord. Last Rites was kind enough to renew Death Metal Dossier for another season. Please be ensured that our agents are working tirelessly

Just At The Edge Of The Light: A Psychotic Waltz Primer

Every passionate music fan has a litmus test band or artist, the one that, when mentioned, signifies the speaker’s legitimate expertise in that area. For a lot of progressive metal devotees that band is Psychotic

50 Years Of ‘Black Sabbath’ & 50 Years Of Heavy Metal

Did heavy metal begin with Black Sabbath, or were the young Brummies behind that grim denomination simply the optimal vessels at that very moment for an entity perhaps as old as the Earth itself? Few

Staff Infections – February 2020

Welcome, friends, to another edition of Staff Infections, wherein the Last Rites staff share what we’ve been listening to for the past month or so. And Christ on a pony, what a horrible god-damned month