Cellar Darling – Evolving the Sound

With Cellar Darling’s first release, This is the Sound, the trio of musicians loudly proclaimed that they were willing to do what it takes to provide something unique. Which was entirely successful. Read more […]

Anaal Nathrakh – A New Kind of Horror (Metal Blade)

There’s only one expectation that has to be met with a new album from Anaal Nathrakh, and that’s its measure of pure violence. The simultaneously epic and caustic approach of the band is one that Read more […]

Downpour – Downpour (Noize in the Attic)

Brian Fair, he of infinite dreads and one-time frontman for Shadows Fall, occupies a curious spot in modern metal annals, identifiable to the naked eye because of said dreads, but also a hair (no pun intended) Read more […]

Livekill – Turned to Grey (SWOL Records)

Coming straight out of the gates with a conceptual release isn’t something you see with many metal groups. Livekill, on the other hand, took inspiration from a story of a 3-year old who died in the Read more […]

Mourning by Morning – Mourning by Morning (Wolfspell Records)

There is a palpable magic in tracing the lineage of a band’s sound. To hear it and have a feel of the sort of ends it pulls together for its sound. Sometimes its derivative, sometimes there’s just Read more […]

Hitten -Twist of Fate (High Roller Records)

Reaching that third studio album juncture of a discography, Hitten face a critical stage in terms of longevity. Might be a weird time to face a singer change, but enter Alex Panza to the fold as this Spanish Read more […]

Once Human – Stage of Evolution (earMUSIC)

With two albums under their belt, a live album wouldn’t have been the move that many expected Once Human to make. Their second album, Evolution, was quite successful though, and aided in rallying many Read more […]

Aborted – A Vision of Terror

Becoming more consistent with each passing release, Aborted have been growing into the veteran status with no loss of energy or excitement. In fact, one could even make the argument that they continue Read more […]

Voivod – The Wake (Century Media)

Admired for blazing their own trails when it came to disparate, oddly shaped chord combinations that could pulsate, progress, and conjure up dynamic atmosphere in light and dark textures – Voivod run Read more […]

Dragonlord – Dominion (Spinefarm)

Going back to the turn of the new millennium, Dragonlord was Testament guitarist Eric Peterson’s black metal side project. The band completed two albums and was seemingly put to bed a few years after Read more […]

Scorched – Ecliptic Butchery (20 Buck Spin)

Scorched has been making the rounds as a newer US death metal act worth getting to know. Through a few well-received demos and 2016’s Echoes of Dismemberment, there’s been buzz building in their direction. Read more […]

Vicious Circle – Technical Precision

During the 1980’s, if you wanted deeper understanding of heavy metal – it wasn’t necessarily that easy to find at your fingertips. You relied on friends, magazines, radio shows if you had a strong Read more […]

Elyose – Reconnexion (Self-Released)

Before much of the metal world became hip to implementing more modern electronic elements, France’s Elyose began perfecting their industrial/electronic/metallic art in 2009. For their third album, the Read more […]

Hell City – Flesh & Bones (Painted Bass Records)

Sometimes it does boggle the mind how some bands build themselves up for years with little notice to the outside world. Hell City is a Belgian act that has a backlog of two full-lengths and an EP before Read more […]

SoulHealer – Up from the Ashes (Rockshots Records)

Returning for their fourth studio album, SoulHealer hail from Finland and perform in an old school melodic heavy metal platform through Up from the Ashes. It’s been four years since their last effort Read more […]

Mob Rules – Beware the Beast

While German metal conjures up images of everything from extreme thrash to uplifting, rejoiceful power – there are other bands willing to expand horizons in a multitude of directions. Take veteran act Read more […]

Hessian – Mercenary Retrograde (Urtod Void)

Regular rotating in this scribe’s playlist has been the discography of Hessian – a Maine band that penetrate the heavy music scene through their blend of infectious guitar harmonies, evil melodies, Read more […]

Korpiklaani – Kulkija (Nuclear Blast)

Well-established within the folk metal scene as a band that likes to have some fun with their music, Korpiklaani have built up a large discography. Kulkija is the band’s tenth album to date (in a span Read more […]

156/Silence – Undercover Scumbag (Innerstrength Records)

In the hardcore and metalcore scene, there’s not often a lot of room for experimentation. The straight and direct formula usually finding itself to be the easiest way of expression within music that Read more […]

Pig Destroyer – Grind and Beyond

Gaining a larger fanbase through explosive grindcore with the acclaimed Prowler in the Yard and successive efforts, Pig Destroyer is probably one of the first extreme bands many will give a shoutout to Read more […]

Dream Child – Until Death Do We Meet Again (Frontiers)

When a record label president asks you to rise to a challenge, musicians often accept. That’s the case for guitarist Craig Goldy – best known in the metal world for his time in Dio, where releases Read more […]

Terror – Total Retaliation (Pure Noise Records)

For all of the evolution of hardcore and its spin-offs and blurring with other genres, sometimes it’s nice to just appreciate ‘the good ole days.’ The times when hardcore was ripe with attitude Read more […]

Dark Sarah – The Golden Moth (Inner Wound Recordings)

An ambitious planned trilogy is finally coming to conclusion with Dark Sarah’s The Golden Moth. The story which started with the title character making their way through The Middle World with Behind Read more […]

Dragonlord – Extending the Dominion

Those ‘in the know’ will certainly recall Testament guitarist Eric Peterson’s side project Dragonlord. Upon the turn of the century, the first effort, Rapture, was released to some fanfare and praise Read more […]

Cellar Darling – September 11, 2018 – Saint Vitus Bar, Brooklyn, NY

With Cellar Darling being announced last year as a part of this year’s ProgPower USA Festival in Atlanta, many hoped that the trio, comprised of ex-Eluveitie members Anna Murphy, Ivo Henzi, and Merlin Read more […]

Satan – Cruel Magic (Metal Blade)

Sometimes fate sweeps in and deals a better hand the second go-around for certain bands. Case in point: the NWOBHM band Satan. Together since 1979, they released a couple of demos and 7” single before Read more […]

Cultural Warfare – Warmageddon (M-Theory Audio)

Active since 2010, California act Cultural Warfare obviously deliver some form of metal based on moniker alone – and if you would place them in the melodic power/thrash mold, you’d hit the bullseye. Read more […]

Circles – The Last One (Season of Mist)

The djent movement has been producing a large chunk of bands, even if the major wave has seemingly subsided. Circles was actually towards the forefront of this movement if you rewind the clock a ways, Read more […]

U.D.O. – Made of Steel

The metal express doesn’t stop for anyone. Especially Udo Dirkschneider, legendary metal vocalist for decades through his work in Accept and his own band U.D.O. Currently finishing up a two-year plus Read more […]

August 2018 Album of the Month – Omnium Gatherum’s The Burning Cold

A perennial favorite among the Dead Rhetoric staff (and for good reason), it’s always exciting to see that Finland’s Omnium Gatherum are putting together a new album. As they continue to now soar higher Read more […]

Bosse-de-nage – Further Still (The Flenser)

I’ve had a very hot and cold relationship with Bosse-de-Nage over the years. The first two albums didn’t really resonate with me (in truth they still don’t), then after being okay with III, I was Read more […]