Void Ritual – Heretical Wisdom Review

FAST RITES: because sometimes brevity is fundamental. After testing the waters with a smattering of EP, split, and compilation material, Heretical Wisdom is the first proper full length from Albuquerque’s Void Ritual. The sole product

Phylactery – Necromancy Enthroned Review

FAST RITES: because sometimes brevity is fundamental. When it comes to cross-pollination of thrash, black metal seems to have all the fun these days. But Canadian heshers Phylactery have a thing or two to say

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Morbid Evils – Deceases Review

Ah, Finland. A land known for all the finer things metal. And recently, a pretty surprising crop of young hockey stars. In 2015, the fine drinking water of Finland produced Morbid Evils, a project put

Vulture – The Guillotine Review

Us long time metal fans spend a lot of our waking hours discussing the wonderful stuff. Such talks typically reveal positions all along the Innovative-to-Traditional Spectrum of Preferences. Some folks are set in their ways,

Accept – The Rise Of Chaos Review

Release date: August 4, 2017. Label: Nuclear Blast.Post-reformation Accept is one of the greatest heavy metal comeback tales of the last decade: After sitting out the better part of ten years, a classic band reforms,

Staff Infections – August 2017

Here we are: the first installment of Staff Infections in the newly-remodeled Last Rites. It’s an easy job of picking the album of the month this time around, as the staff’s playlists converged on precisely

Blurring – Cloud Burner Review

Release date: April 28, 2017. Label: Self-Released.This latest EP from Rochester-based grinders Blurring came out in April, two years to the day after their full-length debut, and though it runs only half as long as

Khazaddum – Plagues Upon Arda Review

Release date: 8/19/2017. Label:Independently released. If the band’s name doesn’t give it away, Milwaukee’s Khazaddum play Tolkien themed death metal, or as the promo materials call it, “dwarven death metal.” Their first full-length album (following

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Beneath – Ephemeris Review

Have you ever been so worked up that you just want to smash your goddamn head through a fucking wall? Well, now, for only three easy payments of $3.99, you can smash your head straight

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