Category: Features

Expression Is Free: Sufism Interview

Death metal, particularly that of the brutal kind, is not often entrenched firmly in the spiritual realms existing far beyond — and above — our consciousness. Rather, the brutal death metal tends to focus on

A Devil’s Dozen – Manilla Road

There was a time when we the people of Last Rites, in order to form a more reasonable union, occasionally cheated with our Devil’s Dozen feature. We’d look at a body of work from legendary

Diamonds & Rust: Sentenced ‒ North From Here

An album title like North From Here is fairly direct in its message: start somewhere and then head north, but first you need that starting point. In the case of Sentenced, that place of origin

Staff Infections – February 2021

Hello again, dear readers. It’s time for Staff Infections, wherein we, the astute and cultured staff of Last Rites, reveal to you the selections of sublime music we’ve been listening to lately. Gasping in awe

Mystery, Myth, Wit, And Spit: Rush’s Moving Pictures At 40

By the time Rush released Moving Pictures early in 1981, they’d already completed a major phase shift from blues-based hard rock to full on prog rock and then produced no fewer than four indisputably classic

Black, Raw, & Bleeding: Shanghaied On The Celestial Shores Of The Black Metal Underground

Greetings, Trav’lers. Once again, the moon has crept its way into total darkness, reminding us of the ever-eroding sands of Time. It is often accepted that Time is a man-made construct, an idealogical invention in

Diamonds & Rust: Bathory – Blood On Ice

[Artwork by Jan Kristian Wåhlin / Necrolord] Let’s kick things off by chewing on the following statement: « Blood On Ice is Bathory’s best album » How do you enjoy them apples, Hyborians? Whoa! Put

Fractal Generator – Macrocosmos Review

Fast Rites: because sometimes brevity is fundamental. No matter how comical the idea seems to anyone not already accustomed to parsing half-step pitch variations in toilet-puke vocals like a sommelier mouthfeeling the ever-living shit out