Category: Reviews

W.A.I.L. – Wisdom Through Agony Into Illumination And Lunacy Vol. II Review

Three years, perhaps more. That’s how long it’s been since my copy of W.A.I.L. Vol. II arrived from a far away place—a place I had never been but had always wanted to go. There’s something

Sulaco – The Prize Review

Sulaco is the name of a port city in a fictitious South American country in Joseph Conrad’s 1904 novel Nostromo. But I haven’t read that. So, to me, Sulaco is the name of the starship

The Late 80s, Hardcore, Crossover, And A Premiere From Ruin It! – Locked Up Dead

If you’re at all familiar with Last Rites, you know we spend an undue amount of time reviving Ye Olde Fires of yon 80s heavy metal. What we generally neglect, however, is putting much effort

Void Rot – Consumed By Oblivion Review

When a promotional electronic missive arrives in the Last Rites mailbox (we only accept physical mail, obviously) and it’s recommended for fans of Rippikoulu, the Board of Directors knows to immediately get it into safe

Axis Of Despair – Contempt For Man Review

In some ways, it must be exhausting being part of some legendary group. Everything Anders Jakobsen does (or has done since 2005) is and will be inevitably compared to his time in Nasum, and he’ll

Redemption – Long Night’s Journey Into Day Review

Seems music buffs are always looking for better, especially when we’re having new albums tossed at us like the old man’s bread crumbs to the ducks (fuck off, pigeons). And metal music is oh-so-happy to

Mörkö – Ulvova Tyhjyys Review

Not only do the people of Finland have intimate knowledge of sentient life outside of our planet, they have been cavorting, colluding and, yes, even cohabiting with beings from beyond this sphere for over a

Nachash – Phantasmal Triunity Review

A lot of extreme metal isn’t particularly, well, extreme. Melody, sheen, and progressive elements might end up dominating, or maybe there’s a tendency to lift a bunch of NWOBHM riffs, leaving some screeching dude as