Tag: Traditional

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

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

Diamonds and Rust: Ozzy Osbourne – Tribute

I don’t recall exactly when I first purchased Ozzy Osbourne’s Tribute, but I bought in on cassette, so that would mean early 90s. I wasn’t into metal when the album was first released in 1987,

Missing Pieces 2019: The Best Of What We’ve Missed So Far, Part 3

Here at Last Rites, we listen to a metric shit-ton of heavy metal—it’s just what we do. But every year there’s so much great metal that we simply don’t have time to cover it all…

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

Freternia – The Gathering Review

More often than not, two things generally come up when conversations turn to Sweden’s greatest influence on heavy metal: Yngwie J. Malmsteen and Swedeath. It’s an understandable consequence—the prior taught us the importance of giant

Ravensire – A Stone Engraved In Red Review

A brief aside: way back in April of 2016 a juvenile named Manny-O-War was plugging away at his craft—well hobby is more like it—just hoping that he could one day write with the big dogs

Diamonds & Rust: TT Quick – Metal Of Honor

This happens a lot. A band of bozos, utterly in love with what they feel is the best music ever, start a band to play said music. Said music comes, as you might expect, with