Dark Night of the Soul

US-based thrash metal band LAST RITES will independently release their debut album, “Dark Night of the Soul”, on March 17th“Dark Night of the Soul” will be exclusively distributed through Nokternal Hemizphear (USA – www.nhmetal.com).  The album was recorded in a home studio in the US and mastered by Dave Flitton of Writ in Water Sound Creations (http://www.myspace.com/wiwrecords).

The track listing is as follows:

01. Invocation
02. Confessions
03. Cross Not Taken
04. Within the Fire of Your Soul
05. End of Days
06. The Exorcism
07. Lorica
08. Say What You Mean

09. Pillar of the Cloud

10. Song from a Child

11. Last Rites

Album info and links below:

In this dark world, can you see the light? At times does it feel that God has withdrawn from our presence? Have you suffered a dark night of the soul?

This is the soundtrack for these times! Inspired by personal struggles and triumphs, “Dark Night of the Soul” is sure to touch your soul intimately. Lyrically profound, personal, and inspiring, this piece of thrash metal artistry was forged from the best of thrash metal in its heyday. “Dark Night” will please fans of old – school Metallica, Megadeth, and Tourniquet. Very heavily progressive, Last Rites takes an old style and puts a new twist on it. You will hear folk influences in the Celtic – infused “Lorica” Beautiful church organ tones juxtaposed to crushing guitars in “Cross Not Taken” Bass guitar solos flying overhead in “Confessions” and even a rocking power ballad in “The Pillar of the Cloud”.

If you miss the glory days of thrash metal but don’t want the “same ‘ol, same ol'”, then Last Rites’ “Dark Night of the Soul” needs to find its way to you! If you want music to stir your soul, “Dark Night of the Soul” is what you need. If you want truly Christian music with an uncompromising message of hope and mercy in this world filled with hate, you need to pick up Last Rites’ “Dark Night of the Soul”!

Tracks available for streaming at:

Last Rites’ Official MySpace:


Album cover and more information at Nokternal Hemizphear Webshop:



Nokternal Hemizphear Official MySpace:


Nokternal Hemizphear Official Twitter Page:


***Attached: Last Rites Band Photo and Album Cover

Submitted by:

Sean Bailey

Last Rites




My Epic performing their last final show before COVID-19

Between the White Noise

My Epic's last full-length album came out in 2013; despite a number of EPs along the way, the band's dedication to their craft, lyrical approach, and unyielding approach to let the music come naturally has made them critical darlings. Now, they're learning to interact and feed a rabid fanbase in between albums and in a new normal.


Full Feature
HM covers from over the years

HM Magazine Turns 35

In 1985, Doug Van Pelt photocopied a letter-sized sheets of paper, bound them together, and handed them out in person on the campus of the University of Texas at Austin. It's all digital now, but, along the way, Van Pelt stirred up quite a few waves, played some seriously heavy music, and made a few friends along the way. Here: A quick look back at the magazine's 35-year history with Van Pelt and new owner, David Stagg.


Full Feature
Employed to Serve

Forward Under a Dying Sun

Most of these days, the sun rises and sets on a world that feels like it's dying. Across the pond, where Employed to Serve calls home, they're learning how to support their latest record a year into its release. HM contributor Andrew Voigt recently sat down with Justine Jones to learn more about the band, marrying your bandmates, and their outside shot at touring with Rammstein.


Full Feature
All Features