Imonolith – Doing What They Love

It’s always exciting to catch a band at the beginning and watch them build from the ground up. Of course, it’s even more exciting when that band contains a host of well-known musicians who have been Read more […]

Sisters of Suffocation – Humans are Broken (Napalm)

Brutal death metal act Sisters of Suffocation have been making greater strides with each release since 2016’s Brutal Queen. Their latest full-length Humans are Broken sees them making another leap, Read more […]

Ravager – Thrashletics (Iron Shield Records)

There’s little question what genre German act Ravager belong to based on this album title, eh? Forming in late 2014 and issuing their first EP Alarm Clock Terror in 2016, they signed with Iron Shield Read more […]

Avantasia – Moonglow (Nuclear Blast)

Spending almost twenty years putting out these albums, what Tobias Sammett of Edguy originally saw as a side outlet concept one-off effort with Avantasia has now blossomed into a full-fledged operation Read more […]

Onydia – Reflections (Revalve Records)

A debut album that manages to push a band further away from the norm is always worth an look or two. Onydia strive to take elements of progressive metal and the operatic/symphonic metal overtones and Read more […]

The Three Tremors – The Three Tremors (Steel Cartel)

Clichés abound in the best heavy metal circles. Louder-faster-stronger. Go big or go home. We want our music so powerful that it can leap tall buildings and crush all naysayers oblivious to its subtle Read more […]

Brick by Brick – Hive Mentality (Upstate Records)

A singular focus can often grant some great opportunities if pointed in the right direction. For upstate NY’s Brick by Brick, that potent angle is that of aggression. The band’s seventh album, Hive Read more […]

Minors – Abject Bodies (Holy Roar Records)

What does it mean to really be bleak and destructive? Is it something that is peppered with explosive riffs and noisy, rattling of drums and vocals? Or is it something that makes you want to swirl around Read more […]

Psython – Predominant Anger

Bursting at the seams with productivity, Psython may be a relatively unknown act to some outside of UK shores, but it’s quite apparent that their brand of musically advanced thrash has caught on well Read more […]

Hiss from the Moat – The Harrier (M-Theory Audio)

Italy’s Hiss from the Moat may not be the most active band in the extreme scene (it’s been six years since their first full-length Misanthropy) but it has been an interesting evolution. Starting out Read more […]

Yerûšelem – The Sublime (Debemur Morti Productions)

Darkened streets lit largely by distant neon underneath one oppressive night sky or another are exactly the kind of backdrop you can expect to conjure while listening to The Sublime. The new work of Blut Read more […]

Continuum – Designed Obsolescence (Unique Leader)

A stacked line-up doesn’t always mean that the band will deliver the goods. But in the case of Continuum, their 2015 debut The Hypothesis hit all the marks for the tech death genre. It may have taken Read more […]

Lord Divine – Facing Chaos (Fighter Records)

When looking into background information on Argentina’s Lord Divine, some interesting aspects crop up. The progressive metal sextet has been together since late 2002, releasing four previous full-lengths Read more […]

Incite – Join the Resistance

With a blue-collar work ethic and the will to succeed, groove metallers Incite have been slowly working their way up the ladder since 2004. A destructive live show certainly didn’t hurt things, and Read more […]

Delain – Hunter’s Moon (Napalm)

Now three years removed from their last effort Moonbathers, Delain is back to give listeners a taste of new material with the Hunter’s Moon EP. Concluding the ‘moon’ trilogy (Lunar Prelude-Moonbathers-Hunter’s Read more […]

Hellnite – Midnight Terrors (Sliptrick Records)

A heavy metal project born in Mexico and now residing in Canada, Hellnite started as a thrash band in 2010, releasing their Manipulator EP in 2013. Mastermind Paolo Belmar felt the need to incorporate Read more […]

Black Mass – Warlust (Iron Shield Records)

Purveyors of thrash since 2012 and hailing from Boston, MA – Black Mass have been a mainstay in a thriving New England metal scene. Releasing three demos, an EP and full-length in the six years, they’ve Read more […]

Aenimus – Dreamcatcher (Nuclear Blast)

Who doesn’t like a good hodge-podge every once in a while? Of course, there has to be a sense of direction to it in order for it to work, but a collection of different influences can provide a more Read more […]

We Are the Catalyst – Music without Boundaries

Forming in late 2012, We Are the Catalyst rose from the ashes of One Without in an attempt to craft a metal band without limits. Incorporating influences as they see fit, they’ve now put three full-length Read more […]

Visions of Atlantis – The Deep & The Dark Live @ Symphonic Metal Nights (Napalm)

Now almost 20 years in, symphonic metal torchbearers Visions of Atlantis are finally releasing their first live album. Why they hadn’t released one earlier is anyone’s guess, but perhaps it was due Read more […]

Crystal Lake – Helix (Sharptone Records)

Making a bit of a name for themselves within the metalcore scene in more recent years, Japanese act Crystal Lake’s most recent album Helix has been out in their own country since 2018 but caught the Read more […]

January 2019 Rapid Fires

The year officially kicking into gear, we are always trying our hardest to cover as much ground as we possibly can. 2019 has some big guns to come, so we might as well try to get a jump on things with Read more […]

Saor – Forgotten Paths (Avantgarde Music)

Even if you are coming into Forgotten Paths like yours truly with no previous experience with Saor, a lot is revealed by the album cover and its title. The winter woods laid bare of foliage before distant Read more […]

Backstabber – Conspiracy Theorist (Self-Released)

Death metal with a big alien on the cover – no, this isn’t a new Hypocrisy album (no matter how much we are longing for one). Backstabber are a Canadian band that focus more on a death/thrash hybrid Read more […]

Hate Eternal – Channeling Negative Energy into Positivity

It’s been twenty years since Hate Eternal first released Conquering the Throne, their debut full-length. With their seventh released at the end of 2018 (Upon Desolate Sands), the band is still going Read more […]

Visual Rhetoric – January 2019

Opening the floodgates for the start of a new year, 2019 has already made some pretty grand statements when it comes to some of the videos (and glimpses of future releases). We are definitely off to quite Read more […]

January 2019 Album of the Month: Soilwork’s Verkligheten

2019 has started out with quite a bang, and Soilwork’s latest album Verkligheten justly sat at the top of our collective picks for the month. The band’s blend of melancholy and catchy songwriting sits Read more […]

6th Counted Murder – Individual (Sliptrick Records)

A conceptual effort taking real-life stories and adapting them into the storyline of a psychopathic loner and serial killer, Italian band 6th Counted Murder want to blaze their own trail with this second Read more […]

Xenoblight – Procreation (Out of Line Music)

Somewhere at the crossroads of death, thrash, black, and groove sits Xenoblight. Their debut release Procreation getting down with some nitty gritty riffing that seems to ping-pong back and forth between Read more […]

Video Premiere: Nightrage’s “The Damned”

Few can claim to be as consistent in the pure melodic death metal range as Nightrage has been in recent years. Which is why we at Dead Rhetoric are utterly stoked to be premiering the video for “The Damned,” Read more […]

A Novelist – Folie (Self-Released)

Tech without being ‘tech?’ Such a statement comes to mind when listening to Folie, the second full-length from A Novelist. Without a doubt, the progressive and technical flourishes on the album would Read more […]