January 2016 Rapid Fires

Now fully settled into the year that will be 2016, metal, like it does every year, continues to pump ’em out. It’s an exciting happening, although we reserve the right to maintain a critical eye to the Read more […]

January 2016 Album of the Month: Abbath’s Abbath

Continuing the prediction from Exmortus’ start to the year at the end of December, we’re all in for a great 2016 in regards to heavy metal. Edging past the crowd (which included Fleshgod Apocalypse, Striker, Read more […]

Exclusive Album Stream: Frostbite’s Etching Obscurity

We at Dead Rhetoric have teamed up with Black Element Productions to host an exclusive stream of Frostbite’s Etching Obscurity, which has been released today through Tmina Records. The band’s first full-length Read more […]

Sinbreed – Master Creator (AFM Records)

Eschewing bombastic intros to charge right from the start with a double-bass, twin guitar harmony fueled passage that signals opener “Creation of Reality” proves the third album Master Creator from Read more […]

Voivod – Post Society EP (Century Media)

Identifiable guitarists in metal, unfortunately, are few and far between. Advancements in technology, not to mention the ever-shrinking riff pool have subsequently diminished the value of singular inventive Read more […]

Torture Rack – Barbaric Persecution (Memento Mori)

When one thinks of Portland, Oregon, one is drawn towards the hipster culture and of course, Cascadian black metal. But that’s not at all what you are about to receive with Torture Rack. If the name Read more […]

The Resistance – Coup de Grace (earMUSIC)

Yet another one of those “supergroups” that everyone hoots and hollers about, The Resistance most famously re-united ex-In Flames axemen Jesper Strömblad and Glenn Ljungstrom with The Haunted’s Read more […]

Epica – The Road Ahead

There’s much excitement to be generated from the Epica camp at the moment. A North American tour with Moonspell and Starkill to make up from missed dates last fall (Simone Simons’ father was seriously Read more […]

Twins Crew – Veni Vidi Vici (Beyond the Storm Productions)

Significance to this Swedish sextet’s name comes down to the twin guitar players Dennis and David Janglöv are actually…twins! At least Twins Crew is a touch heavier than those golden locked Nelson Read more […]

Primitiv – Immortal & Vile (Transcending Obscurity)

Hailing from India, the aptly-named Primitiv isn’t out to showboat or run technical circles around the rest of the death metal world. Instead, Immortal & Vile wants you to take it slow and ride on the Read more […]

Obscura – Akroasis (Relapse)

When it comes to technical death metal, one has to look towards Obscura as one of the genre’s leaders. One of the few bands instantly recognizable in the scene, their ability to play dizzyingly technical Read more […]

Envenomed – Reckoning (Self-Released)

Capitalizing on the re-issue of their self-released debut album Evil Unseen through Punishment 18 Records last year, Australia’s Envenomed felt the need to issue an EP featuring one newer song and a Read more […]

Illusions Dead – Celestial Decadence (Self-Released)

Death metal has a tough time with melody. Incorporate too much of it and you’ll be called a ‘melodic death metal’ band. Don’t put enough in and you risk putting out 8 versions of the same track. Read more […]

Textures – Phenotype (Nuclear Blast)

If Meshuggah were the progenitors of what we now call djent, Textures has to have laid claim to being the second band through the gates and pushing the sound in a few different directions. It’s been Read more […]

Stone Magnum – Holy Blessings to None (R.I.P. Records)

Heaviness comes in many forms – the purest of which to these ears in the metal genre is doom. Conjuring emotional turmoil and unrest from the deepest recesses of the soul, there’s a reason why no matter Read more […]

Fuath – I (Neuropa Records)

Of the seasons, winter is one of the finest to accompany black metal. Cold, isolationist, and just enough melancholy, Fuath’s I surely fits the mood of the season. If Fuath doesn’t ring any bells, Read more […]

Kaotoxin Records Giveaway!

Dead Rhetoric and Kaotoxin Records are giving away a pair of the label’s new releases The Lumberjack Feedback – The Blackened Visions, and The Erkonauts – I Did Something Bad, to one (1) lucky winner. Read more […]

Holy Grail – Times of Pride and Peril (Prosthetic)

Traditional metal and its power/speed offshoots will never die. It may slink back into the underground during tough times (the first half of the 1990’s especially when alternative/grunge and extreme Read more […]

Unbowed – Dogma (Self-Released)

Returning with a new EP following their 2014 full-length Collapse the World, this Canadian band knows how to flex some muscle without compromising some utterly sweet melodies. In fact, somewhere between Read more […]

Titaan – Kadingir (ATMF)

The blank canvas that is black metal enables those on the esoteric fringe to perform the unconventional. It’s why a band like Deathspell Omega is so enduring – you never know what you’re going to Read more […]

Ne Obliviscaris – January 27, 2016 – Firehouse 13, Providence, R.I.

Sometimes the metal gods just smile down upon you. Originally scheduled to play the Boston House of Blues as support on the North American Cradle of Filth tour along with Butcher Babies on January 27, Read more […]

Striker – Stand in the Fire (Record Breaking)

Establishing themselves over the past decade as one of Canada’s new breed in the heavy/power metal scene, Edmonton’s Striker pride themselves on street level songwriting and a riff/hook/melody combination Read more […]

Votum – :KTONIK: (Inner Wound Recordings)

Already somewhat of an established name, Poland’s Votum did themselves a tremendous service by hooking up with Jens Borgen understudy David Castillo for the mix job on :KTONIK:, the band’s fourth album. Read more […]

The Slayerking – Sanatana Dharma (Finisterian Dead End)

The side outlet for Nightfall’s Efthimis K, The Slayerking (never a bad thing to have another permutation of the “Slayer” name) sees the Greek metal veteran step away from his main outfit for something Read more […]

Enforcer – Running Free…For Life

Awfully refreshing to chat with a gent like Enforcer main dude Olof Wikstrand. He’s forthcoming, honest, and ultra-bright, which is what you’d expect from the leader of one of Sweden’s brightest Read more […]

Sifting Through Bandcamp – January 2016

Winter is always the best for Bandcamp finds. Not quite as many ‘big label’ releases and it being too cold outside to do anything (though this has been a weird year) make it seem like there’s plenty Read more […]

Archarus – Render unto Archarus (Self-Released)

First look at the red haired maiden and dragon lurking in the water laden distance for Archarus’ cover and many metal heads would prepare themselves for the second coming of Dio musically. Given that Read more […]

Ovtrenoir – Eroded (Consoling Sounds)

The primary constituents of Paris’s Ovtrenoir have been around enough bands to warrant sufficient name-dropping. Guitarist/vocalist William Lacalmontie has taken band photographs for the likes of Corrections Read more […]

Purtenance – …To Spread the Flame of Ancients (Xtreem Music)

Often overshined by the more melodic output that is always popping out of Finland, it’s death metal scene is none too shabby either. Finnish death metal is beginning to make its way out to the forefront Read more […]

Helion Prime: Yeah Science!

Seeking out some new independent metal, from a tip on my Facebook feed courtesy of MindMaze guitarist Jeff Teets I learned about this Sacramento, California power metal quartet called Helion Prime. Deciding Read more […]

Karybdis – Samsara (Self-Released)

Fear not the seemingly tech death cover art (which is admittedly rather cool looking), Karybdis aren’t here to melt your brain with dizzying guitar acrobatics. The melodic death metal act have returned Read more […]