Staff Infections – August 2022

Howdy, friends and neighbors. It’s time to see what your Last Rites pals have been listening to in a little piece we call Staff Infections. Someday, if you’re all unlucky, I might tell you why

The Halo Effect – Days Of The Lost Review

Metal sees so many reformations and regroupings that genuine surprise is rare. Yet when it was announced that Mikael Stanne, Jesper Strömblad, Peter Iwers, Niclas Engelin, and Daniel Svensson had formed a band together my

Blast Rites: Cacasonica – Las Primeras Bullas 2006-2012 Review

Friends and fellow fans of the fast and fun, who among us hasn’t said at least once, if not with disturbing regularity, “I should really listen to more Ecuadorian noisecore.” I know I have, and

Turian – No Longer Human Review

Gremlins are such delightful vicious little creatures. They’re decked out with spikey spines, gnarly teeth and razor-sharp claws. Despite their small stature, they wreak unimaginable havoc regardless of whether they are rolling solo are acting

Blast Rites: Anatomical Amusements – Corporal Kaleidoscope Review

Musically, at least, Kyrylo Stefanskyi is having a hell of a year. The latest Pharmacist is still riding strong in the upper reaches of my 2022 stack, buoyed by a seemingly endless supply of catchy

Boris – Heavy Rocks 2022 Review

In their 30 year history, Boris has only ever expanded outward, and generally excelled at whatever sound they choose to take up. Even the simply-titled Heavy Rocks series refuses to stick to its original formula

A-Z – A-Z Review

[Cover artwork by Hugh Syme] Let’s go ahead and address the elephant in the room right from the jump. Or, as anyone with at least one functioning eye can see, the zebra in the room

Extermination Day – Be The Consequence Review

Extermination Day’s Be the Consequence rides a doom and punk spiked heavy metal wave that is too considerate to knock you flat on your ass but instead glides you rather gracefully home with groove. An

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