Diabolizer – Khalkedonian Death Review

[Cover artwork by Jon Zig] When was the last time a death metal album ripped your head off and kicked it directly into the mouth of Hell? A true H-E double drumsticks version of Hell

Perilaxe Occlusion ‒ Raytraces of Death Review

You know what’s fun? FUN. Sure, there’s a time and place for the kind of uber dark, bog-crawling, inhuman metal ov death that is popular with the cavemanliest corners of the metal crowd. That same

Staff Infections – June 2021

Greetings once again, dear readers. It’s time for another edition of Staff Infections, wherein we examine the listening habits of the Last Rites Staff over the past 30 days or so. Normally we’d take the

Helloween – Helloween Review

[Artwork by the unrivaled Eliran Kantor] If humankind ever ends up with a tombstone somewhere out there in the great beyond, a solid argument could be made for the following words to be written across

Graveripper – Radiated Remains Review

Fast Rites: because sometimes brevity is fundamental. Our beloved Ryan has dubbed 2021 the year of the Thrashening. With excellent releases by Cryptosis, Paranorm, Obsolete, Demoniac, Speed Command, Terminalist, Spellforger and about 100 others I’m

Crimson Dimension – Crimson Dimension Review

Once upon a time long ago in a land of reefer madness, radio play that mattered and VW buses, the idea of a band jamming was considered a good thing. Its two greatest references were

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Track Premiere: Concilium – “From The Chalice”

Consciousness attaches to reality like the grape to the vine, the tendrils clinging to the flower of sanity that springs from the plant that connects us all to the collective rationality. But sometimes grapes fall.

Pharaoh – The Powers That Be Review

At some point in every human’s existence, we discover the value of “not worrying about it.” Our parents hammer the lesson home early when we first start wondering about life’s less attractive elements—undue illness, death,

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