Category: Features

Best Of 2023 – Dan Obstkrieg: How Can I Keep From Singing?

Do you like lists? I like lists. One of my very favorite books is Italo Calvino’s If on a winter’s night a traveler, and inevitably, around year-end list-making season, I think about its first chapter.

Best Of 2023: Andrew Edmunds – I Used To Be Indecisive, But Now I’m Not Sure

So the stupid title that I gave this thing is both a terrible dad joke and a sad truth, in the sense of that, whenever I’m compelled to make these year-end lists (which seems to

Best Of 2023 – Ryan Tysinger: Lenticular Matters

It’s that time when the End Of The Year starts briskly shuffling us on out to the door and into the eternal night. You don’t have to go home, but you can’t stay here. Last

Best Of 2023 – Zach Duvall: A Wholly Nonsensical Display Of Glory

Welcome back, one and all, to another wrap-up of another exceptional year in heavy music. No long editorial to start this time. Instead let’s hand out some “awards” for all (some) things good, bad, and

Best Of 2023 – Captain: Have You Heard The Good Word About Clunky Clock Radios And Power Metal, Brothers And Sisters??

I grew up in a very music friendly household. Both my parents were (and continue to be) music obsessive, and any time we were home and the TV wasn’t on, chances were pretty good you’d

Best Of 2023 – Last Rites Combined Staff Top 25

“HEY, WHERE THE HELL IS [INSERT ALBUM TITLE], YOU EMPTY-HEADED MONSTERS” We go through this every year, no? You see the Best Of lists begin to drop from all the usual suspects, and the first

Best Of 2023 – Top 10ish EPs & Demos

Keep It Short, Stupid. Get in; get out; get gone. Hit it and quit it. Whichever old axiom you choose, they all mean more or less the same thing: Sometimes brevity is key. Sometimes less

Best Of 2023 – Our Album Art Favorites

There’s a symbiotic relationship that occurs between the cover art and the music within. Obviously, we’ve all been deceived before by an elegantly adorned record sleeve only to find the music within to be a