Tag: Agonia Records

Missing Pieces: The Best Of What We’ve Missed In 2018 So Far, Part 1

Here at Last Rites, we listen to a metric shit-ton of heavy metal—it’s just what we do. But even then, every year, there’s so much great heavy metal that gets released that we simply don’t

Azarath – In Extremis Review

When Polish black/death vets Azarath brought in vocalist/guitarist Marek “Necrosodom” Lechowski for 2011’s Blasphemers’ Maledictions, the already great band seemed complete. Not that Necrosodom brougth with him some sort of elite pedigree (depends on your

Root – Kargeras – Return From Oblivion Review

The basic history of Czech black metal originators Root — as well as a convenient sampling of their best tunes — can be found here. But for the unknowing, here’s the gist of it: Along

Glorior Belli – Sundown (The Flock That Welcomes) Review

A lot of bands and artists are not aware of their limitations. One could run down a list of musicians that have honed their craft in a simpler, more time-honored style only to attempt an

Temple Of Baal – Mysterium Review

Originally written by K. Scott Ross. Temple of Baal are a black/death metal quartet from Paris on Agonia records. One of their guitarists plays live guitars for Aosoth and Antaeus. The founding member of Temple of Baal, Amduscias, was

VI – De Praestigiis Angelorum Review

Originally written by K. Scott Ross. What makes a band? Is it the musicians in it, or the music that they play? Obviously, the most complete answer is “both,” but where does the balance lie?

Code – mut Review

Last year, I used the metal hive mind’s tendency to overreact to musical evolution (one way or the other) to soapbox a bit. The subject was the growth of a few Swedish bands, chief among

Stench – Venture Review

Sweden’s Stench offer a bit of a conundrum with Venture, their second full length and fourth release overall. It is that rare album that is instantly likable and appealing, yet falls outside of easy categorization