Category: Reviews

Haken – Virus Review

Alright, first off: no, Virus is not the product of a cynical marketing ploy designed to exploit current world circumstances. In fact, the notion of Haken’s sixth album and sequel to 2018’s Vector germinated while

Draghkar – At The Crossroads Of Infinity Review

Blackened thrash is a strange beast. It was certainly, in retrospect, present before the second wave of black metal, but it never really found that tag until after black metal became an established, definitive style.

Mystras ‒ Castles Conquered and Reclaimed Review

[Cover illustration by Loukas Kalliantasis] Considering the extremely wide range of styles Ayloss has brought to Spectral Lore over the years (atmospheric black metal, electronic, chamber, a general progressive mindset, etc.), it might come across

High Spirits – Hard To Stop Review

Often times, I believe we are the architects of our own discontent. In a world that so often engrains in our minds that nothing worth having comes without effort, pain, and struggle, we find ourselves

Pale Divine – Consequence Of Time Review

I’ve been waking up in the middle of the night a lot lately. All the stuff going on in the world. It’s sometimes hard to figure out what to do with myself in the sleepless

Skeleton – Skeleton Review

It’s no secret that every member of the crew here at Last Rites is a huge fan of Pittsburgh label 20 Buck Spin. Of course, that doesn’t mean we love every one of the label’s

Unborn Suffer – Commit(ment To) Suicide Review

Unborn Suffer have 25* songs for you. You need only set aside 33 minutes to experience those songs. There are samples, and popcorn drums, and vocals from the bottom of the gutter. If you guessed

VoidCeremony – Entropic Reflections Continuum: Dimensional Unravel Review

“Why do these silly guitarists get all the glory? I can slay just as many notes as they can!” Presumably, this is the driving thought behind any person learning to play a fretless bass. Damon