Category: Reviews

Skulmagot – Skulled To Death Review

FAST RITES: because sometimes brevity is fundamental. First appearances can be deceiving. For example, I know I would expect a band with a name like Skulmagot to be some sort of gregrnd band or, at

Outre-Tombe – Nécrovortex Review

After three years and a guitarist change, Quebecois old-school death metal outfit Outre-Tombe has returned with its sophomore record Nécrovortex. While this author is only passingly familiar with the group’s debut Répurgation, Nécrovortex manages to

Moss Upon the Skull – In Vengeful Reverence Review

One of the tricky things about describing music is choosing exactly how deep to go when picking points of comparison. This is particularly true for anything existing outside of normal bounds. Stay too general, and

Ruin – Human Annihilation Review

There was no saving the film. Too much blood had seeped its way over the cells and dried to a dark brown crust. Besides, who has a reel-to-reel projector anymore? Luckily, the audio accompaniment was

Cavernus – Non Omnis Moriar Review

50 Forts Along the Ryan: Sometimes a release comes to the attention of Last Rites that just screams “Death Metal Dossier,” so naturally the first thing to do is tell Manny to get his ass

Hate Eternal – Upon Desolate Sands Review

From Dictionary.com: Dependable [dih-pen-duh-buhl], adjective: Capable of being depended on; worthy of trust; reliable. “Our mailman is very dependable, even when it rains, sleets, or snows.” “This bar is quite dependable when it comes to

Cultes Des Ghoules – Sinister, Or Treading The Darker Paths Review

There’s something to be said for truth in advertising. Not only can album art give an idea of the music within, but sometimes the very title can hint at what’s to be expected. Polish black

Heir Apparent – The View From Below Review

The Heir Apparent backstory is a decidedly familiar one that’s been handed down likely since the earliest days when music first began hitting platters: Band arrives on the scene with something special; a person or