Aara – En Ergô Einai Review

Here’s something that sounds like a shitty non sequitur of a lead-in to a review of an excellent black metal album: The quest for perfection often inhibits the quest for betterment. We want the best

Fughu – Lost Connection Review

When I reviewed Fughu’s debut album in 2009, I said of it, “On nearly every count, it can be said that Absence channels Dream Theater’s most famous (and, arguably, best) work, Images & Words.” Looking

Circle Of Ouroborus – Viimeinen Juoksu Review

[Cover artwork: Antti Klemi]  The decision to leave Kuunpalvelus and switch labels certainly came as something of a shock. Yet, it’s important to realize that Circle of Ouroborus cares about nothing aside from composing and

Silverthorne – Tear The Sky Wide Open Review

Don’t let the picturesque painted pasture on the album art fool you: Silverthorne is not peddling some farmhouse hoedown cow-paddies-an’-banjos folkiness. Nope, this is rock ‘n’ f’n roll, baby… Drummer Brian Tichy should be a

Manic First Impressions: A Belated Dive Into Anacrusis

Like all of us here at Last Rites — and like most all of you, I would guess — I’ve spent a large part of my life exploring this beast called Heavy Metal. Since my

My Dying Bride – The Ghost of Orion Review

[Cover artwork: Eliran Kantor] Spoiler alert: My Dying Bride has never put out a bad album, and My Dying Bride continues to never put out a bad album. What constitutes a classic, great, or merely

Lucifuge – The One Great Curse Review

There is no such thing as bad production, especially in an age where anyone with a decent interface and a little time to invest in watching YouTube videos can put together a clean and polished

Last Rites Presents: Ask 2 Idiots — The Lugubrum Trio ‘Plage Chômage’ Edition

Over the last several weeks, we (the two idiots… The Ask 2 Idiots) have received hundreds of thousands of letters from all over world asking two specific questions: 1) What happened to you idiots, and

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