Staff Infections – May 2020

Hello, dear readers. I’ve been writing this Staff Infections feature for years now, and in addition to the main purpose of this feature, which is to share what the Last Rites staff has been listening

The Third Kind – Man Vs Earth Review

[Artwork drawn by Rich Muller and painted by Frankie Accardi] Metal, punk and hardcore were clearly crossing lines long before the term “crossover” became a common part of our vernacular. For example, it wasn’t at

Grave Digger – Fields Of Blood Review

The $10* or so that Chris Boltendahl spent on a ticket to Braveheart in 1995 may have been the best money he ever spent… Now in their fortieth year, the bombastic Teutonic trad metallers in

Creature – Ex Cathedra Review

Creature is the type of project that happens when one man gets out his heavy metal blender and decides that there’s no real limit to the ingredients he’s willing to take for a spin. Some

Escuela Grind – GGRRIINNDDCCOORREE Review

One and a half minutes… Ninety seconds… In that same amount of time, you could be three-quarters of the way through brushing your teeth to American Dental Association specifications. You could reheat leftovers from last

Poccolus – Poccolus Review

Of all the branches of heavy metal, black metal is the most susceptible to cultural malleability. Of course there are sounds and styles that largely originate from or develop identities around certain scenes (German thrash,

Diamonds & Rust: Screamer – Target: Earth

Way back when we started this Diamonds & Rust feature, the idea behind it was to allow our staff of obsessive listeners the opportunity to wax poetic about classic albums, to finally put onscreen some

Ulthar – Providence Review

[Artwork by Ian Miller] Upon dropping needle to record, you will quickly discover why people dig Ulthar. As is the case with an endless amount of power trios that join and precede them, these guys

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