Hagzissa – They Ride Along Review

The cover art of They Ride Along, the full length debut from Austria’s Hagzissa, looks like a teenage scrawl on a piece of construction paper. This is no mistake. The figure ‒ arms out and

Cerebral Rot – Odious Descent Into Decay Review

What is the allure of swamp death? “What the hell is swamp death, moron? Stop making up more goddamned niches, there are already too many, most of them are horseshit, and no one likes you

Last Rites’ Facebook Albums Of The Week: August 4th – August 10th

“Album Of The Day” is a Last Rites Facebook feature we started whose purpose is quite straight-forward: highlight one album per day and say a few words about it. Understanding that not everyone chooses to

Loud Words: A Punk Primer Pt. 1

I’ve been scribbling about underground punk and metal on and off for a couple of decades now, and I’ve often ended up writing about thundering releases made by musicians (and enjoyed by fans) who think

Mirror – Pyramid Of Terror Review

[Album cover artwork by Filip Leu] One thing the Last Rites collective seems particularly adept at in 2019 is allowing good things to fall through the cracks. Okay, that rings pretty true every year, but

Enforced – At The Walls Review

“Groove” – the word is almost enough to send old-school metalheads into paroxysms of rage or fear or both. For those of us who survived the 90s / early 2000s, we remember all too well

Vokonis – Grasping Time Review

To say that the entire genre of stoner doom is boring, rote or derivative is obviously an overstatement, exaggeration and a downright offensive comment. But to say the genre capitalizes on the perceived laziness and

Abysmal Lord – Exaltation Of The Infernal Cabal Review

There are records that were made to be treated as an experience. These records were made for lighting some votives, shutting off the lights and sinking back into the couch as you allow the music

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