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Turilli/Lione Rhapsody – Stepping Forward

Luca Turilli and Fabio Lione are well-known names for fans of symphonic/cinematic power metal. During the 1990’s and 2000’s, their work in Rhapsody set the metal scene by storm – incorporating orchestration Read more […]

Belzebubs – Heeding the Blackened Call

During the spring of this year, we witnessed the release of Belzebubs’ Century Media debut in the form of Pantheon of the Nightside Gods. A lovingly authentic look at the earlier days of the Scandinavian Read more […]

Sabaton – Thrill of the Kill

Twenty years strong, Sabaton appear poised to become one of those legacy bands based on their power metal style and complimentary attention to military history from all countries. This time around for Read more […]

Circle of Witches – A Sinners Riot

Delivering a brand of heavy metal with stoner influences, Italian act Circle of Witches embrace a multitude of influences in their discography. Their latest album Natural Born Sinners for instance serves Read more […]

Memoriam – Fallen Requiems

While Memoriam might be a fairly recent addition to the death metal community, its members are some significant veterans. Formed initially by vocalist Karl Willetts and drummer Andy Whale to pay tribute Read more […]

June 2019 Rapid Fires

The halfway mark of 2019 has brought some form of clarity as to how the year is shaping up. Then again, we haven’t run head-first into the cluster of fall releases that so enthrall and consume our ever-wanting Read more […]

Dissentience – Unveiling the Mask

Genre blending seems more ordinary than ever. Thanks to the proliferation of product available on the internet, musicians gain exposure to wider influences and thus increase the ability to siphon those Read more […]

Inkcarceration Festival 2019 Preview

With all of the growing number of summer festivals, even here in the United States, it can be hard to stick out. But when you have your festival at the Ohio State Reformatory, the site of the film The Read more […]

Dead Rhetoric Halfway Through 2019 Best-of

Each year goes by a little quicker it seems, and 2019 is flying by with the best of them. An early flood of releases started things off in a big way (certainly bigger than in recent years), and the momentum Read more […]

Constantine – Humility in the Aftermath

After the brigade of 80’s guitarists who elevated metal technique to insane levels of technicality and proficiency – names like Yngwie Malmsteen, Marty Friedman, Vinnie Moore, Tony MacAlpine, Greg Read more […]

The Rods – Brotherhood in Music

It’s not often in the music realm to find three musicians like guitarist/vocalist David Feinstein, bassist Garry Bordonaro, and drummer Carl Canedy who started a band together in 1980 still playing together Read more […]

Diamond Head – Ride the Coffin Train

When it comes to the conversation over influential bands from the late 70’s/early 80’s British metal scene (aka the New Wave), it’s obvious that Diamond Head should be a part of the essential conversation. Read more […]

Albums You May Have Missed II

Welcome, dear listener (and reader) to the second installment of Albums You May Have Missed. This time we’re going to remain in the black metal world (where my interests tend to stay) but take a look Read more […]

Calamity – A Thrash Brotherhood

Puerto Rico may not necessarily rank high as a hotbed for a metal scene, but there have been some killer bands that generate underground interest over the years. Many moved to the mainland United States Read more […]

Smoulder – Epic Empowerment

When it comes to epic doom metal, ardent followers know the masters. Candlemass. Solitude Aeturnus. Solstice. There appears to be a new wave of musicians willing to push their take on their favored genre, Read more […]

Invicta – Terminal Aggression

The search for new sounds is easier than ever in the metal genre – thanks to tools like YouTube, Spotify, and Bandcamp to name three of many. Take Canadian act Invicta – since arriving on the scene Read more […]

May 2019 Rapid Fires

Summer is just about upon us, which means we can put the rain-soaked months of April and May in the rear-view, although there are surely some parts of the globe who are experiencing otherwise. Nevertheless, Read more […]

West of Hell – Hold the Hammer Down

Establishing yourselves in the metal scene is never easy. In the case of heavy metal band West of Hell, they’ve moved from New Zealand to Vancouver, Canada during their career- losing members in the Read more […]

Nocturnus AD – Where the Past Meets the Future

Many today are quick to cite the influence on Nocturnus’ 1990 release, The Key. A unique album, arguably ahead of its time due to the usage of more science fiction elements and the heavy incorporation Read more […]

Glare of the Sun – Burning Bright(er)

Austrian post-doom-heavy-dudes Glare of the Sun isn’t your chip off the traditional Isis/Cult of Luna chopping block. No, they’re something entirely different…riveting, even, something that comes Read more […]

Paladin – Ascending to Shred

The US is a tough market to crack if you are a power metal-esque band. Americans are much more inclined to follow heavier and more aggressive acts, which has led interesting permutations of bands trying Read more […]

Cathartic Demise – Racing for Liberty

Here at Dead Rhetoric we strive to provide metal coverage that tackles all levels of the community – from the numerous signed bands globally all the way to upcoming musicians who are plugging away on Read more […]

Arch/Matheos – For the Love of Music

John Arch is probably best known for his impressive stratospheric vocal range unearthed on the first three Fates Warning albums during the early to mid-1980’s. His abilities have continued to gain acclaim Read more […]

Dreadnought – Emerging Flames

Back in 2013, Dreadnought released their first album, Lifewoven, as an independent entity. It was a striking piece, and one that really bucked an easy classification with their use of non-metal instrumentation Read more […]

Song Premiere: Lunar Shadow’s “Roses”

Ever wondered what classic, epic heavy metal would sound like with a touch of black metal influence added in? Even if you hadn’t, Lunar Shadow are here to make that thought a most palatable and enjoyable Read more […]

Axenstar – Honor Thy Time

Arriving in the early 2000’s, Swedish power metal band Axenstar have been a solid mainstay in the scene. Their discography contains a mixture of European and American influences, running the spectrum Read more […]

Starkill – The Force of Gravity

As a band, it feels as if Starkill has really come into their own with their past two releases. First there was 2016’s Shadow Sleep, where a more modern sounding and infectious vibe permeated the material Read more […]

Hath – Venturing to Worlds Within

Hath first hit the scene with their Hive EP back in 2015, which started to make a few waves due to the mix of progressive, Opeth-ian structures and unbridled black/death brutality. It may have taken four Read more […]

Paragon – Defenders for Controlled Demolition

We need musicians sometimes who stay on a tried and true course. People who understand the main principles of their craft, willing to embrace the tools of their trade but not lose sight of the sound and Read more […]

Old Night – Soulburn

One of the best doom revelations in recent memory, Croatia’s Old Night broke onto the scene with their 2017 Pale Cold Irrelevance debut. Born from the Candlemass/Solitude Aeturnus school of emotional Read more […]

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