Blast Rites

Blast Rites: Midwife’s ‘Heaven Metal’ Is the Emotional Apocalypse You Need

We’re gonna play fast and loose with the term "metal" here this month. Midwife, the solo project of Madeline Johnston — now based in New…
Andy O'Connor / July 20, 2021

Blast Rites: Dead Heat’s Crossover Heater Strikes Right on Time

Welcome to Blast Rites, SPIN’s monthly metal column! In this month’s edition, we’ve got catastrophically ripping thrash that’s an AOTY candidate, Florida death…
Andy O'Connor / June 15, 2021

Ghastly’s Trippy Death Metal Dives Deep Into Madness

Death metal and psychedelic rock may seem worlds apart, but the two are actually riding the same psychic wavelength more often than not. In fact,…
Andy O'Connor / May 18, 2021

Spectral Lore’s Black Metal: A Light Against Fascism

This year’s most dynamic black metal album is Spectral Lore’s Ετερόφωτος, which comes out Friday through I, Voidhanger Records. The sole province of…
Andy O'Connor / April 20, 2021

Blast Rites: March 2021’s Hottest Metal

Welcome to Blast Rites, SPIN’s monthly metal column! In this edition, we’ll celebrate the return of one of experimental metal’s most celebrated bands, queer doom…
Andy O'Connor / March 16, 2021

Blast Rites: February 2021’s Hottest Metal

Welcome to Blast Rites, SPIN’s monthly metal column! In this edition, we’ll dive headfirst into Blut Aus Nord visionary Vindsval returning to his…
Andy O'Connor / February 16, 2021

Blast Rites: January 2021’s Hottest Metal

Welcome to Blast Rites, SPIN's monthly metal column! This month, we’ve got two unexpected yet wholly welcome death metal blasts from Arizona, the return of…
Andy O'Connor / January 19, 2021

Blast Rites: December 2020’s Hottest Metal

Welcome to Blast Rites, SPIN’s monthly metal column! Every month we’ll dig up the heaviest metal out there, stylistic boundaries be damned. Hot albums, hot…
Andy O'Connor / December 15, 2020

Blast Rites: November 2020’s Hottest Metal

Welcome to the first edition of Blast rites! Every month, we’ll find the shreddest, the grimmest, the doomiest, the thrashiest, the most wacked out, the…
Andy O'Connor / November 17, 2020