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The Modern Age Slavery – Crossing the Styx

Modern death metal is one that has come in many flavors. Bands not content to simply repeat the past maneuvers of the bands preceding them, some have taken elements from many genres in order to find a Read more […]

Matt Coe Best-of 2017

The more things change, the more they stay the same. Metal has been a way of life for me since youth. In junior high, the discovery of bands like Def Leppard, Judas Priest, Saxon, Accept, and Iron Maiden Read more […]

Ne Obliviscaris – The Virtue of Patience

When it comes to the progressive metal scene, one band that has really made a name for themselves in the last few years is that of Autralia’s Ne Obliviscaris. With their brand of challenging, intricate, Read more […]

Kyle McGinn Best-of 2017

Another year of high quality metal in the books, which means it’s time to tally up who put out the best material. As someone who starts a list early, as to not forget some of the early year releases Read more […]

November 2017 Rapid Fires

This year, like virtually every year in metal, brings forth a wide variety of releases from new and old bands. We typically uncover newer and lesser-known bands in Rapid Fires, our monthly short review Read more […]

David E. Gehlke Best-of 2017

These lists are never easy to make, but it’s a worthy, if not joyous endeavor, trying to sort through hundreds of titles and condense them to 12. Metal surely doesn’t lack for quantity, that’s for Read more […]

Communic – The Deepest of Minds

Originally labeled as Nevermore knock-offs, Norway’s Communic have managed to pull together a career that has exceeded expectations — including their own. Their 2005 Conspiracy in Mind is a bonafide Read more […]

Visual Rhetoric – November 2017

Here we are in the home stretch of 2017. While it doesn’t seem too long ago that we at DR were just putting together top lists for 2016, here we are once more. Onward and upward as they say. It was Read more […]

Morbid Angel – Kingdom Come

Lots of things have been a-changing in the Morbid Angel front in the last six years. Their previous full-length, Illud Divinum Insanus, had seen the return of vocalist David Vincent to the studio setting Read more […]

Tarja – Dreaming of a Dark Christmas

Leave it to Tarja Turunen to bring metal fans a Christmas themed release that combines the darkness they require with the familiarity of holiday classics. Though not quite metal in a literal sense, it Read more […]

Sleeping Romance – To the Light

The growing field of symphonic metal is often one that is riddled with clichés and bands content to follow the lead of others instead of choosing their own pathway. But for each band like that, there Read more […]

Forgotten Tomb – Negative Approach

“My aim was to make my music as miserable as possible and to outdo every other band at that.” Sounds like a proper goal, eh? Such are the words of Forgotten Tomb leader Herr Morbid (real name: Ferdinando Read more […]

Sifting Through Bandcamp – November 2017

Alas, we’ve gone through almost another year of digging through Bandcamp’s best and brightest. This, as usual, will be the last ‘regular’ column for the year, as December will focus on the best Read more […]

Niviane – Rise of the Druid

Power metal unlocks the imagination and takes you on a journey of both sound and mind. It resonates globally due to historical, fantasy, and mythological tales where unlikely heroes reign, battles are Read more […]

Angel Vivaldi – Synaptic Connections

While Angel Vivaldi might not be the absolute first name that one thinks of when it comes to instrumental shredding guitar acts, he has no doubt been gaining ground with each new release since his first Read more […]

Skarlett Riot – Becoming a Warrior

UK act Skarlett Riot hasn’t been one to take the easy way out. Forming in the early part of this decade, they’ve moved progressively heavier and darker with each release. Their last EP, 2016’s Read more […]

Throne of Heresy – Unleashing the Plague

Continuing to gain traction in the death metal realm, Throne of Heresy recently released their third full-length, Decameron. A conceptual album based on the Black Plague, a fitting topic for a band entrenched Read more […]

Hanging Garden – Before and Hereafter

Two years removed from their undisputed “departure” album, Blackout Whiteout, melancholic Finnish metallers Hanging Garden are now fully on a path that will take them away from their early doom rumblings. Read more […]

Sorcerer – An Epic Crowning

While the doom genre has further morphed into segmentation that include stoner and funeral sub-categories, there’s something to be said for bands willing to develop an epic, melodic take on the genre. Read more […]

Trivium – Still Ascending

Being thrust into the limelight back in 2005 with their second album Ascendency, Trivium has been in the public eye ever since. They have long survived many of the NWOAHM acts that surfaced around that Read more […]

Arch Enemy – Powered Up

As far back as their first release back in 1996 with Black Earth, Arch Enemy has been a revered name in melodic death metal. In fact, it seems they only seem to grew with each new release. They’ve Read more […]

The Dark Element – Sweet Mysteries

From the very start, some bands have all eyes staring at them, watching every move they make. With the combined talents of established guitarist Jani Liimatainen (Cain’s Offering, ex-Sonata Arctica) Read more […]

Entheos – A Cinematic Future

Some bands are critiqued for any sort of progression or change, and some bands are beloved for it. Thankfully the extreme act Entheos fall under the latter category. Being in the spotlight since their Read more […]

Liar’s Tongue – A Crossover Threat

When you think of crossover music that takes equal influences from hardcore, thrash, and modern metal – Utah probably is not the first state that comes to mind as delivering those goods. Dig deep into Read more […]

The Unguided – Emerging Victorious from Battle

With the unceremonious split with Sonic Syndicate further and further in the rear-view mirror, The Unguided has had little difficulty making their own name for themselves. Essentially a modern melodic Read more […]

Annihilator – The Demented Check In Part 2

Read Part I HERE. Dead Rhetoric: Do you believe Canadian metal has gained more respect and admiration over the decades, and what qualities do you see as distinctive in comparison to say Europe, the Read more […]

Annihilator – The Demented Check In Part 1

Jeff Waters is an ambassador and connoisseur of heavy metal. His guitar playing electrified the thrash community right out of the gate back in 1989 on Annihilator’s debut album Alice in Hell – precise, Read more […]

Nullingroots – Grey Skies Approaching

If the beauty of post-black metal material is a bit too much for some (read: not ‘metal enough’), then Nullingroots should be the band to change your mind. Taking the grace that blackgaze can provide, Read more […]

Naeramarth – Looking to the Stars

Sometimes you just have to marvel at the melting pot that is today’s metal scene. You can get some of the craziest concoctions of material, blending together genres that you wouldn’t think of putting Read more […]

Framework – Ascending the Divide

When it comes to melodic death/thrash, the prevalent scene may still reside on European shores, but there is a fair amount of action bubbling around the United States. Framework represent one of the new Read more […]

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