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Last Rites’ Best Of 2011 – Combined Staff List

2011 was a year punctuated by diversity. While many bemoaned the blackened inclination of our 2010 awards, it’s doubtful that accusations of genre favoritism will rear their heads this time around. The year’s best albums

Titular Homogeneity – Halloween

Ain’t no doubtin’ it, Halloween is Heavy Metal’s holiday. So given it’s that time of year, round two of Titular Homogeneity is inspired by and dedicated to Samhain; the annual Satanic Saturnalia; the balls out

Vintage Hallows – Witchery

Originally written by Jason Lawrence. For a few years in a row starting in the late 90’s, Witchery was unstoppable. Thrash was at a point where its legions of aging practitioners had yet to reunify en masse,

Vintage Hallows – Type O Negative

Originally written by Jordan Campbell When it comes to Halloween vibes, few bands could nail ’em like Type O Negative. Nearly every one of their albums offered a nod or three to October 31, whether intentional

Vintage Hallows – Misfits

Really, what is Halloween but classic horror and the chance to be a punk? I mean, some kids dress up like ghosts by tossing a sheet over their head, and some dress up like witches

Vintage Hallows – Possessed

Originally written by Jim Brandon. 1985: The Bay Area / West Coast thrash metal scene was fully emerging from its cocoon in most heinous fashion. As chronicled in Oimoen & Lew’s Murder in The Front Row,

Vintage Hallows – King Diamond

Ahhh, 1986: Americans were sailing hiiiigh and happy, thanks in a large part to an aggressive pursuit of ‘faith and family values’ and bloated Reaganomics debt. But hey, at least the Contras loved us. And despite Ron’s wildly successful War

Vintage Hallows – Iced Earth

Yes, Iced Earth’s 2001 album Horror Show is probably as obvious a choice for a Halloween album as one could ever hope to find, but here’s the thing: it’s also a pretty kickass heavy metal record. Having capped