Kyle McGinn Best-of 2018

Settling in here at Dead Rhetoric for five years now, there’s still a certain excitement each time the end of the year rolls around. Being in the position to hear a great number of releases from all Read more […]

Deceased – Ghostly White (Hells Headbangers)

Always marching to their own template, Deceased epitomize the ideal people’s metal band. Trends and labels matter not to these musicians -following their creative vision is of supreme importance. Look Read more […]

Dawn of Winter – Pray for Doom (I Hate)

There’s taking your time to release an album – and then there’s the method Dawn of Winter choose to employ since their inception in the early 1990’s. Pray for Doom is their third album – the Read more […]

Vane – Black Vengeance (Moshpit Promotions)

With the vast amount of death metal that comes from Poland, Vane stands out as doing something a little bit different in terms of its geography. Vane plays groove-driven modern metal/melodic death metal Read more […]

Fall – The Dreamer of Tragedy (Self-Released)

Texas melodic metal underdogs Fall have been releasing a string of equally enjoyable and deep listens since their beginnings at the start of the decade. 2016’s The Insatiable Weakness was a rush of Read more […]

Veonity – Legend of the Starborn (Sliptrick Records)

Power metal can often be classified into two distinct categories: pre-Helloween and post-Helloween. The former category developed out of Dio-era Rainbow and Iron Maiden/Judas Priest influences, whereas Read more […]

DüsterLust – At the End of Time (Self-Released)

For the most part, when one hears a description that sounds like a symphonic metal album with a female lead vocal, there are certain assumptions that are going to take place about what it sounds like. Read more […]

Metal Church – Damned If You Do (Rat Pak Records)

Firing back from a self-imposed sabbatical to real life, Mike Howe returned to Metal Church a couple of years ago with XI – and the subsequent touring cemented his elite status as a vocalist in this Read more […]

Suidakra – Cimbic Yarns (AFM)

Suidakra has never been one to shy away from making some journeys and taking some risks in their music. Over the years they’ve hit upon black metal and evolved into a more folky melodic death metal Read more […]

Currents – Let the Devil In (Sharptone Records)

While some seem to think of metalcore being that of a bygone era, there’s still bands eager to jump into the fray. Even if the numbers are a bit lower, the tradition continues. Currents seem to have Read more […]

Threads of Fate – A Funeral for the Virtuous (Self-Released)

Every once and a while, an album (or EP in this case) can surprise you. The expectations of Jack Kosto (Seven Spires) on guitar with Vikram Shankar (Lux Terminus, Redemption) led to the idea of an album Read more […]

Tragodia – Before the Fall (Revalve Records)

Perseverance in the face of natural life obstacles appears obvious when looking at the background of Italian gothic/progressive metal group Tragodia. Beginning in 1996, they released two demos as it took Read more […]

Demolizer – Ghoul (Self-Released)

Founded in 2014, Demolizer from Denmark arrive with their debut EP Ghoul – content to deliver a mixture of thrash with a bit of groove/death additive to ensure maximum retention. Finding little else Read more […]

David E. Gehlke Best-of 2018

Always fun to do these lists, or, rather, take a gander at what has tickled the fancy of other writers. Metal is certainly not a narrow field these days; it’s all over the place, in every corner, it Read more […]

November 2018 Album of the Month – Icarus Witch’s Goodbye Cruel World

Prolonged absences in the music realm often can prove to be the right shift necessary to rejuvenate that creative spark. Six years removed from their last album, Pittsburgh, PA’s Icarus Witch dig deep Read more […]

Torian – God of Storms (Ram It Down Records)

The upstart European label Ram It Down Records (appreciate the Judas Priest reference) starts on a strong note with German act Torian and their fourth full-length God of Storms. Starting in 2002, they’ve Read more […]

Since Ever – Following (Self-Released)

One of those completely random digs through Bandcamp’s archives brought this scribe to Since Ever. A Swedish modern/symphonic metal band with one previous full-length (Isolation), Since Ever brings Read more […]

Odyssian – Day of Wrath (Self-Released)

Never at a loss for some brutal, technical death metal, the world has been making a habit of providing more than a mere bounty of material for those inclined. Odyssian have been active for a few years Read more […]

Kalidia – Contenders to the Throne

Power metal is one genre that never lacks for competition. Whether it’s the champions of yore, or new bands that are breaking their way in, there’s plenty to discover for those who want something Read more […]

November 2018 Rapid Fires

In an effort to cover just a few more releases before the end of the year is upon us, our dutiful Rapid Fires column is here to net us a few more releaes to cover. This month we check out the latest from Read more […]

Blade Killer – High Risk (M-Theory Audio)

Los Angeles, California may be best known for it’s 80’s glam scene, but there has always been a decent buzz surrounding other genres of metal. Blade Killer represent the straight-ahead traditional Read more […]

Ichor – Hadal Ascendency (Unholy Conspiracy Deathwork)

Dark sea creatures on the cover? Looks like Ichor have returned! Even if they aren’t the only ones in the scene to use such imagery, it is a design that tends to stick with the band. And for good Read more […]

Catalysis – Catalysis (Self-Released)

Scotland’s Catalysis are a fairly new metal name on the map, with only a previous EP, Into the Unknown, to their credit. This self-titled effort is their second EP, and the name of the game with Catalysis Read more […]

Angel Vivaldi – Addicted to Inspiration

In the last few years, it seems that Angel Vivaldi has been practically living on the road. In addition to tours directly supporting a new release, he has also been conducting Guitar Collective tours, Read more […]

Dire Peril – The Extraterrestrial Compendium (Divebomb Records)

Those well ingrained in the underground power metal scene probably know guitarist Jason Ashcraft for his work in Helion Prime and vocalist John Yelland for his other act Judicator. Dire Peril is another Read more […]

Nattravnen – Kult of the Raven (Transcending Obscurity)

A death metal duo that combines two equally prolific players, namely Kam Lee and Jonny Petterson, Nattravnen could have easily just been a ‘here and gone’ release with the quantity of material both Read more […]

Obscenity – Summoning the Circle (Apostasy Records)

Sometimes a good taste of classic death metal is all that’s required to get the bones rattled and energized. Germany’s Obscenity have been in the thick of this sort of material for almost 30 years Read more […]

Adamantis – Thundermark (Self-Released)

Crafting a brand of old school driven power metal, Adamantis hail from Massachusetts – the five-piece consisting of members from Europe and America, opening horizons for a diverse set of influences. Read more […]

Thoren – Gwarth I (Drylands Records)

Occasionally, there are instrumental releases that makes one question the necessity of vocals in extreme music. Thoren, which features members/ex-members of avant-garde extreme heavyweights Imperial Triumphant Read more […]

Mass Infection – Shadows Became Flesh (Comatose Music)

Brutal death metal underdogs Mass Infection have always operated more in the shadows than they should likely be. While there’s nothing in the formula that others haven’t provided as well, they have Read more […]

Visual Rhetoric – November 2018

It’s the holiday season once again, and before we start to unwrap our top lists for the year, it’s time for another quick video update. There’s a ton of effort put into metal videos, at both the signed Read more […]