Category: Features

Missing Pieces: The Best Of What We Missed In 2022 So Far, Vol. 1

Once upon a time in the MetalReview Dot Com Days Ov Yore, this crew of particularly persnickety prickly pears would review everything sent to the email inbox (or PO box). It’s unfathomable to think of

Cover art by Ben Hickling

Track Premiere: Exaltation – “Ascension”

New Zealand’s Exaltation have been smoldering in reclusion since releasing their first demo back in 2017.  A promising slab of putrid death that falls somewhere between the demonic symphonies of Incantation and the punchier attack

Diamonds & Rust: Sepultura – Beneath The Remains

[Cover artwork: Nightmare in Red, by the incomparable Michael Whelan] It’s a wild and wonderful world that accommodates a single band that not only finds great success playing contrasting styles of heavy music, but they

Black, Raw, & Bleeding: Rising, As The Celestial Phoenix From The Smouldering Pyre, Its Sanguine Wings Stretched Across The Starless Aeons Of The Black Metal Underground

Greetings, Travl’r. The wake of the estival solstice has daylight enacting its measured retreat: Darkness marches forward, and once more the tides in the eternal war of time have begun to shift in the favour

Diamonds & Rust: Ludicra – Another Great Love Song

[Artwork by Aesop Dekker, Eric Radey, and Ross Sewage] If you’re one of those people who still enjoys reading think pieces concerning old records, chances are pretty good a meaningful level of music nerdery is

Staff Infections – June 2022

Howdy, friends. It’s time to see what your pals at Last Rites have been listening to. But first, let’s talk about the state of the world: It’s still shit. I feel slightly better equipped to

Staff Infections – May 2022

Greetings, friends. It’s time, once again, for Staff Infections, our monthly review of what us clowns at Last Rites have been listening to, often combined with a little of my own inane rambling. Let’s get

Everything Went Black: RIP Trevor Strnad

[Photo by Nick Reece] Dear Trevor Strnad, Yours will be a voice sorely missed and for more reasons than some may realize. Through The Black Dahlia Murder, you roared and screamed your ass off and