Category: Features

Pit Therapy – Agnostic Front: Kings Of Hardcore

It should be no secret that we here at Last Rites want nothing to go undiscovered. Due to the fact that we’re faced with sorting through so much music, it’s become inevitable that classics might

RIP Mark Reale of Riot (1955-2012)

On January 25, 2012, Riot founder / guitarist / mastermind Mark Reale tragically lost his lifelong struggle with Crohn’s Disease. The band issued the following statement: “To friends and fans of Mark Reale and Riot,

Poison Tongues – Pig Destroyer

In this bimonthly column, staff writer Doug Moore takes a very close look at extreme metal lyrics. Some will be serious, some will be silly, but they’ll all go under the microscope. Pig Destroyer is

Riffology 101 – Balls To The Wall

Welcome, ladies and gentlemen, to Riffology. In this course we will examine great riffs in metal history and attempt to discern the nature of said greatness. Course requirements include good ears and a strong neck.


Ramar Pittance’s Top 20 of 2011

Originally written by Ramar Pittance I started writing about albums for MetalReview in 2003, and since then my affinity for the genre has waxed and waned, but my appreciation of what this community offers has never wavered.

Captain’s Best of 2011

[photo: painting by Brad Moore from Boldly Stride The Doomed] 2011 was certainly better than 2010, but that’s like saying a sinus infection is better than contracting lupus while falling down two flights of stairs, so


Dan Obstkrieg’s Best Of 2011

2011, huh? Political and economic turmoil throughout the world, major life changes here on the home front, all the usual anxieties and insecurities and tiny insignificant victories, and through it all, a certified fuckload of

KK’s Best Of 2011

From a writers perspective, 2011 was a very interesting transition year for me. Somewhere in the process of graduating from college (4 years late, but hey…), spending some time to myself in Northern Germany and