Tag: High Roller

Stallion – Slaves Of Time Review

When I was a kid just delving into heavy metal, I used to stand in the record store, parked in front of the metal section, and flip through the records and wish I had every

Dead Kosmonaut – Gravitas Review

Sweden’s Dead Kosmonaut is pretty clearly still feeling out their place in the heavy metal pantheon. On debut full length Expect Nothing and last year’s standout Rekviem EP, they’ve played a mix of smooth trad,

Runemagick – Into Desolate Realms Review

In music, true economy is rare. There are, of course, essentially an infinite number of ways to make a musical point. Variations in instrumentation, melody, rhythm, harmony, tone, and so on enable musicians to paint

Helvetets Port – From Life To Death Review

Let’s establish something right out of the box here: Helvetets Port is a bit of a strange band. Not strange in a GG Allin “I don’t know where that microphone’s been” kind of way, but

Metalian – Vortex Review

“Just how many bands do we need that sound like Judas Priest colliding with some other, more obscure NWOBHM group,” asked the old guardian who can’t figure out how to like anything new and the

Ashbury – Eye Of The Stygian Witches Review

Not much that an old dog (or a young dog with an old dog’s heart) loves more than discovering some forgotten, dusty gem of a record that ends up as sharp and true as Excalibur.

Black Viper – Hellions Of Fire Review

There was a stretch in the early 90s when any Jane or Joe could sidle up to the rail and say, “Bartender, give me a True Norwegian,” and immediately receive a frosty mug of vicious

Missing Pieces: The Best Of What We’ve Missed In 2018 So Far, Part 2

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