Category: Features

The Seal Of Quality – A Riot Primer, Part 1

For those of us who don’t believe in predestination, the past is an endless series of could-have-beens. Every adventure left unchosen branches out in infinite directions, all the possible pasts and futures winding around one

Staff Infections – October 2019

Welcome, friends, to a belated edition of Staff Infections. I know you’ve all been eager to find out what your pals at Last Rites have been listening to, but we had an important staff event

Black, Raw, & Bleeding: A Raw Black Metal Roundup

The New Wave Of British Heavy Metal is the mother flower from which all styles of metal began to branch out. As anyone who was there at the time and the following years through the

Riffology – A Tale Of Two Manalishis

If you’re a metal head of any experience, you’re likely familiar with Judas Priest’s version of “The Green Manalishi (With the Two Prong Crown).” The studio version first appeared on Killing Machine / Hell Bent

In Crust We Trust: Vol. 8

Welcome to In Crust We Trust, the Satisfyer Pro of monthly punk rock columns. Actually, that’s a bit of an exaggeration, innit? In Crust We Trust isn’t that eargasmic. But it’s definitely the hastily greased

Track Premiere: Profane Order – “Perverse Demoniac”

Montréal, Quebec’s Profane Order first emerged back in 2016 with their debut LP, Marked By Malice, making a hell of an entrance into the violent, primal world of bestial black metal. Drawing largely from the

Last Rites’ Facebook Albums Of The Week: September 15th – September 21st

“Album Of The Day” is a Last Rites Facebook feature we started with a very straight-forward purpose: highlight one album per day, and say a few words about it. Understanding that not everyone chooses to

Track Premiere: Black Earth – “Abject Practices Beyond The Threshold”

On the precipice of its second wave, a particular factor began to make itself more and more relevant to the emerging subgenre of black metal. Bands like Beherit in Finland or Xantotol in Poland were