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Excalion – Bringing the Dream Alive

Whatever happened to good, old fashioned power metal? The type of music where the guitars and keyboards convey melodies as easily as the commercial-oriented choruses – encouraging unison audience participation Read more […]

Grima – To Wander the Solitary Path

Let us never underestimate the influence of nature on black metal, which has long been the style most favorable to Mother Earth and her endless beauty. Often floated as “pagan” black metal, this angle Read more […]

Sifting Through Bandcamp – August 2017

We may have touched on this concept earlier in the year, but in the realm of things that are both positive and negative, it seems that Bandcamp is an even harder nut to crack. Even more label-backed stuff Read more […]

Dawn of Disease – Ascending from the Grave

The guys of German death metal act Dawn of Disease have been on a fiery kick as of late. Last year they came zipping in with their third effort, Worship the Grave, on their new label Napalm Records. Read more […]

Serious Black – Delivery of Magic

No rest for any metal band worth their salt these days. Especially in a scene where any prolonged absence can lose listeners in droves, the choices limitless for product to consume. Which makes it all Read more […]

Accelerator – Hustling Outbreak

Based on social data and music tastes, bands can take advantage of such findings and target their products to the best potential audience. Case in point: discovering Long Island crossover death/thrash Read more […]

Xanthochroid – A Journey through Etymos

Xanthochroid have never been much for convention. Adding layer upon layer to the music from the beginnings, they have designed a fantasy world all to their own and each release has served to broaden the Read more […]

Leprous – Continued (Prog)ression

Never a band to sit idly by, nor content to churn out more of the same with each new release, Leprous have steadily climbed towards the top of the progressive heap. No surprise really when one examines Read more […]

July 2017 Rapid Fires

In writing these short reviews, it dawned on DR that print as a medium, whether digital or physical, is having a tough time of late. With video content gaining steam and large media corporations (see Fox Read more […]

Masterplan – PumpKings 2.0

What is old and nostalgic can become new again – especially to a younger generation less fortunate to experience the wonders of a classic band in their prime. The current fervor surrounding the Keepers-oriented Read more […]

Dead Asylum – Death and Glory

Emerging Brazilian thrashers Nervosa found themselves in a pinch last year when their drummer, Pitchu Ferraz, couldn’t commit to a round of North American tour dates. Needing someone who was capable, Read more […]

Crimfall – It’s a Long Road

It’s often said that good things happen for those who wait. After Crimfall’s second album, The Writ of Sword, the band found themselves label-less. Instead of rushing out and trying to grab the first Read more […]

Brian Slagel – For the Sake of Heaviness

Even if, by some odd reason, you don’t recognize the name Brian Slagel, chances are you’ve heard of Metal Blade Records, of which he founded and is the CEO of (you are at a heavy metal website after Read more […]

Empyrean Throne – Born of Chaos

When you think of the symphonic black/death movement, one has a tendency to immediately jump towards Europe to find the best of the best. It’s been lingering below the surface here in the North American Read more […]

Protean Collective – Colorful in Collapse Part II

Read Part I HERE. Dead Rhetoric: How would you describe the attitude and philosophy of Protean Collective live- and what types of reaction are you used to from the audiences? What have been some of Read more […]

Protean Collective – Colorful in Collapse Part I

Meeting in college through mutual love and admiration for various styles of progressive rock and metal, Boston’s Protean Collective have been sharpening their skills in the studio and on the road for Read more […]

Exit Eden – Pop Goes Metal

There are certain lines that most don’t have the gusto to cross. When heavier bands start to pull in more pop references, it can often be a death sentence, or at least alienate a portion of the potential Read more […]

Portrait – Burning with Steel

Seeking out a love of true/traditional heavy metal with bursts of speed and power, Swedish band Portrait started on their quest to develop their sound a little over a decade ago. While many are quick to Read more […]

The Lurking Fear – Unsettling Darkness

A complete vortex of death. The cover art for The Lurking Fear’s debut, Out of the Voiceless Grave seems to sum up the band’s mission statement more than anything. Comprised of rather well-known members Read more […]

Project Renegade – Cerebral Renegades

Bands that seem to have a clear vision and idea about themselves and their music out of the gate is more of a rare thing. With easy access to recording equipment and technology, sometimes the option of Read more […]

Sifting Through Bandcamp – July 2017

Every once in a while, it’s nice to focus on the shorter releases. What you’ll find below are a collection of EPs and singles for the most part, where Bandcamp is a good outlet for these ‘sampling’ Read more […]

Seven Spires – Recoloring the Present

Long time readers of this site know of the affinity for Seven Spires. Fortunate for this scribe to catch early shows of this band around the Boston-area that they call home base, in four years they’ve Read more […]

Soul Remnants – Infinite Extremity

Blue collar, nose to the grindstone application pays dividends in certain markets across the world. New England has a reputation from the musicians themselves for solid skill sets at their instruments Read more […]

Now You Know: Dialith

Formation: 2015 Location: Hudson Valley New York/Connecticut Style: Symphonic/power metal Personnel: Krista Sion (Vocals); Alasdair Wallace Mackie (Guitar); Mark Grey (Bass); Charles Woodruff (Keyboards) Read more […]

Shattered Sun – Anger as Catharsis

Shattered Sun came out strong and gave it all they had back in 2015. After putting in the legwork in the years prior, the band got noticed by Breaking Bands LLC (the powerhouse team of Chuck Billy, Jon Read more […]

Ewigkeit – Space Conspiracy 101

By the end of 2016, James Fogarty had gone from being an experimental metal outlier to in-demand avant-garde revivalist. Now fronting pace-setting Norwegian adventurists In the Woods…, Fogarty’s towering Read more […]

Hogan’s Goat – Gritty and Southern Fried

Finding more uniquely styled music is becoming something more difficult by the day. It’s not due to lack of inspiration or trying, it’s just the accessibility of it all. So many bands, so many styles, Read more […]

Trigger – Churning the Waters

Providing a potent mixture of the old with the new, Trigger aim to set their sights on international audiences with their latest release Cryogenesis. It’s not very often that you have a band willing Read more […]

Concordea – Soaring Through Wide Spaces

Remembering the struggle to hear any metal bands coming from Russia during the 1980’s, it’s exciting to now be exposed to newer bands who are enjoying the limitless possibilities of exposure through Read more […]

Cryonic Temple – A Glorious Return

Active since the mid 1990’s, Cryonic Temple flew the flag for classic power metal from Sweden right along with Hammerfall and Nocturnal Rites. You know the type – battle/fantasy laden lyrical tales Read more […]

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