Jinjer – No Limits, No Boundaries

Without a doubt, one of the rising stars of the current metal community is that of Jinjer. They all but exploded following the release of King of Everything back in 2016, in no small part due to the band’s Read more […]

Bodyfarm – Dreadlord (No Dust Records)

Bodyfarm has been slugging it out for years at this point, bringing their version of raging old school death metal worship to the table with consistent success. Coupling with this release was the unfortunate Read more […]

Midnight Force – Gododdin (Iron Shield Records)

Continuing to embrace their classic metal stance, Midnight Force return quickly with their sophomore album Gododdin. Pairing this style with lyrical content from the crusades, Roman campaigns on through Read more […]

Chaos Motion – Psychological Spasms Cacophony (Transcending Obscurity)

Much akin to the artwork that adorns Psychological Spasms Cacophony, there’s a lot going on with Chaos Motion’s debut, and it’s going to take some time and patience for it all to sink in. It’s Read more […]

Enemynside – Chaos Machine (Rockshots Records)

Italian thrash band Enemynside has had a lengthy career – starting in 1994 as Scapegoat, changing names in 1999 and recording three albums between 2003-2012 before taking a four-year break starting in Read more […]

Konkhra – Alpha and the Omega (Hammerheart)

Building themselves up over the course of six albums in about a 20 year run from 1990 to 2009, Konkhra was all about the death metal and the groove. Though they were never really particularly purveyors Read more […]

Eclipse – Paradigm (Frontiers Music)

Growing up in an era of melodic hard rock/ AOR being staples of this scribe’s youth, it’s evident that finding newer artists up to the level of quality issued in the 70’s and 80’s for this style Read more […]

Alcest – Spiritual Instinct (Nuclear Blast)

More than ten years after the fact, the promotional picture of Alcest mainman Stéphane “Neige” Paut standing all singular and humble, head down and hands folded for the Souvenirs d’un autre monde Read more […]

Kobra and the Lotus – Evolution (Napalm)

Taking the slow burn route, Kobra and the Lotus have been cultivating a following for a number of years at this point. Along the way, they’ve also taken a turn further towards hard rock, something that Read more […]

Metalite – Biomechanicals (AFM Records)

Metalite’s first release, 2017’s Heroes of Our Time, was a thoroughly impressive debut. They managed to capture the best parts of the modern metal sound (complete with bouncy, raging synths) and pair Read more […]

Golgotha – Erasing the Past (Xtreem Music)

Together two previous times during the 90’s and early 2000’s, Golgotha returned to the scene a third time in 2014 and have been active again ever since. Spending their early years on Repulse Records, Read more […]

Norma Jean – Hail Metal

A more unique entry in the metalcore/noise/whatever you’d like to call it genre is that of Georgia act Norma Jean. They’ve had an almost revolving door of members (and touring musicians) over the Read more […]

September 2019 Album of the Month – Disillusion’s The Liberation

Good things come to those who wait, right? Disillusion fans have been waiting for more than a decade for new material, and The Liberation itself isn’t the easiest album to wrap your head around initially. Read more […]

Fit for an Autopsy – The Sea of Tragic Beasts (Nuclear Blast)

It’s been almost a given as Fit for an Autopsy has aged that each album is going to evolve the band in some way. From the very deathcore beginnings to their last full-length, The Great Collapse, which Read more […]

Ray Alder – What the Water Wants (Inside Out Music)

Most ardent followers of the progressive metal scene are familiar with Ray Alder – his work in Fates Warning legendary since replacing John Arch with their fourth album No Exit in 1987, and he’s also Read more […]

Nebulae – Pulse (Time to Kill Records)

Evident in the heavy music landscape today are artists who fuse diverse influences into this atomic explosion of sonic groove, pushing limits of intensity and somehow corralling the proceedings into a Read more […]

Joseph Tholl – Devil’s Drum (High Roller Records)

Probably best known from his twelve years on bass and guitar for Enforcer, Joseph Tholl gained encouragement from Robert Pehrsson to develop a solo album. Gaining solid support from current and ex-members Read more […]

Spades and Blades – Beat the Odds (Self-Released)

Spades and Blades were an unknown entity to this scribe, until catching them on the Fear Factory 20th anniversary Demanufacture tour. There hadn’t been much music that had popped up since then, but Read more […]

Life of Agony – The Scars Remain

With each band that comes back from a long hiatus in new material and releases ‘the comeback’ album, the question always remains of where to go next. In the case of Life of Agony, some creativity Read more […]

Vanden Plas – The Ghost Xperiment – Awakening (Frontiers Music)

Maintaining the same five-piece lineup for the entire 33 year plus career, Vanden Plas have evolved from their more melodic heavy metal start for their debut album Colour Temple in 1994 on through to their Read more […]

Entrails – Rise of the Reaper (Metal Blade)

Continuing their pretty consistent run that began with Obliteration, Entrails is still raging in their Entombed/Dismember content. Their sixth album in fact, as the band has been righteously blazing away Read more […]

Kublai Khan – Absolute (Rise Records)

Given just a few seconds of describing what Kublai Khan sounds like, there’s an assumption that it’s a bit Neanderthal-ic in nature. The band’s hardcore-esque sound, after all, is built around stomping Read more […]

Demonhead – Devilish Lies

We’ve been featuring lots of Australian acts over the years on Dead Rhetoric – and with good reason. There’s an abundance of talent across all heavy genres from the land down under, and thanks to Read more […]

Cortége – Capricorn Vinyl, Coozie and Trucker Hat Giveaway

We are now giving away an LP version of Cortége’s Capricorn, along with a coozie and mesh trucker hat. The vinyl LP version of Capricorn features beautiful transparent white vinyl and includes a comic Read more […]

Ethereal Kingdoms – Hollow Mirror (Mighty Music)

Danish symphonic metal act Ethereal Kingdoms have been quite productive on the recording front since their 2017 inception. A self-titled EP came out that same year – and here they are again signing with Read more […]

Signs of the Swarm – Vital Deprivation (Unique Leader)

Admittedly, Sign of the Swarm’s last release, 2017’s The Disfigurement of Existence, felt a bit messy. 45-minutes of breakdown and ‘whoa that was brutal’ vocals just didn’t have enough variety Read more […]

Fit for an Autopsy – Aggression and Sorrow

A band that has seen some consistent growth and evolution with each new release is Fit for an Autopsy. Coming from their early deathcore roots, they’ve gradually and effectively introduced more elements Read more […]

Ivory Tower – Stronger Than Ever

The power/progressive metal landscape has expanded exponentially, thanks to affordable, home studio means of recordings for the musicians – as well as the proliferation of community involvement from Read more […]

Infected Rain – Endorphin (Napalm)

Effectively cultivating buzz for themselves for over a decade at this point, Infected Rain have found a home at Napalm Records for their latest album, Endorphin. A modern sound that is an amalgamation Read more […]

Screamer – Highway of Heroes (The Sign Records)

The lone European entry in the Screamer namesake (the other three over the years all American acts), this Swedish troop have been active for a decade now, gaining attention for their traditional heavy Read more […]

Municipal Waste – The Last Rager (Nuclear Blast)

Leaders of the current crossover thrash movement, Municipal Waste literally ‘waste’ no time in putting new material out there. Delivering songs that promote audience participation for the bevy of gang Read more […]