Category: Features

Metalmorphoses: Shifting The Paradigm, Pt. 1

Like you, the devout and steadfast metal fan, we at Last Rites take very seriously and personally our relationships with the bands we love. Invested heavily with emotion in the musical manifestations of our very identities,

Everygrey Is Nevergrey: Optimism With Mr. Englund

Originally written by Sasha Horn Tom S. Englund emailed me about three months ago, out of the blue. Could this be a belated rockstar-hate-mail response to a couple of jabs I took in my review

Moloken – A Brotherhood Of Gloominess

originally written by Juho Mikkonen; band photos by Daniel Falk There’s a peculiar inborn dichotomy between volume and marginality in underground metal. On the other hand, the pint-sized flame that was ignited already forty years

Cover Ups – 12 Tunes Improved By Metal

Ah, the cover song, that most mixed of bags… Broadly, cover tunes fall into three categories — 1) re-recordings of influential numbers, sometimes largely unimaginative in their faithfulness to the source material, but as often

Black Forests Of Panslavia

In the world of Slavic black(ened) metal, you’re most likely to find these three things: awesome music, an awful lot of hilarious-looking bands that like to dress up and play flute in the forest, and,

An Interview With Massive Slavery

Originally written by Sasha Horn. “No slouches.” Straight from the keystrokes of fellow staffer, Erik Thomas, when he not so long ago took on the task of reviewing Massive Slavery’s latest offering, Global Enslavement. This, above all

An Interview With Woe – A Treatise On The Elite

Originally written by Jordan Campbell. At long last, the perpetually nascent USBM scene seems to be coming to a boil. In stark contrast to the late 90’s, when the words ‘United States’ and ‘black metal’ typically


Dave Pirtle’s Top 20 of 2010

So, 2010 sucked ass.  2011 isn’t starting off much better, and I finally figured out why.  The year may have ended, but I never pounded the final nail into its coffin by publishing my year-end