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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 […]

Abhorrent Decimation – Avarice and Indulgence(s)

Despite the relatively short timeframe since the band’s inception (2013), there’s quite a bit to discuss with the UK death metal squad Abhorrent Decimation. Their first release, Miasmic Mutation, Read more […]

Integrity – Esoteric Nightmares

When it comes to hardcore/metal acts, Integrity usually stands as one of the first names out of the mouth. And for good reason. Established all the way back in 1998, they no doubt pioneered the early Read more […]

Paralysis – Mandatory Life Sentence

A common moniker plus a common theme of development for the craft of songwriting, technique, and performance – New Jersey act Paralysis have been assembling the right musicians and seasoning their take Read more […]

Decrepit Birth – Death Metal Psychedelia

Not ones to follow the ‘release a new album every two years’ track, it has never stopped Decrepit Birth from being one of the more talked about bands within the death metal circles. From their beginnings Read more […]

June 2017 Rapid Fires

Last month was intended to be our May 2017 Rapid Fires column, but the powers-that-be, rather, this site’s founder, got his months mixed up, so don’t be puzzled if you think you’ve seen June 2017 Rapid Read more […]

Byzantine – Emerging from the Underground

Perpetually heralded as one of the most underrated metal acts in recent years, Byzantine has always strived to push forward through hard work, and surviving against the odds. But after a storied existence Read more […]

Origin – Unparalleled Brutality

When it comes to insane speed and visceral carnage, it’s without a doubt that Origin is one of the first names that comes to mind. Exploding in with their self-titled debut in 2000, the band has done Read more […]

Cold Insight – The Brightest Burning Sun

Possessor of one of the most deafening roars in extreme metal, Sebastien Pierre presently holds court in up-and-coming French melodic death metal troupe Fractal Gates, atmospheric metal beacons Enshine, Read more […]

Ray Suhy – Protest Songs

Whether you realize it or not, Ray Suhy is probably someone that you’ve heard more than you may think. Between his current work in Six Feet Under and Cannabis Corpse, previous work in East of the Wall, Read more […]

Exist – Playing on Vanity

What is prog anymore? A label that at one point held a defined meaning now adorns itself on everything from power metal to death/black and even metalcore. A tag more willing to show that you are willing Read more […]

White Ward – Formlessness

We’ve yet to experience full saxophone inundation. Sure, Ihsahn has used it hardcore on a trio of his studio albums and Sweden’s Shining have made a career out of it, but the brass instrument remains Read more […]

Dead Rhetoric Halfway Through 2017 Best-of

Crazy to think that we’ve already managed to rack up the first half of 2017. But as such, it’s the perfect time to look back at what’s been hitting our speakers the most so far, while we anticipate the Read more […]

The Summoned – Revel in Controlled Chaos Part II

Read Part I HERE. Dead Rhetoric: Tell us about the cover art for Sessions – how did the idea start and develop? Murphy: We talked about how we wanted to come up with an idea that would encapsulate Read more […]

The Summoned – Revel in Controlled Chaos Part I

Strides and momentum shifts occur in bands as they gain more confidence, more ability, and more comfort in where they are going stylistically. Considering three of the members of northern Massachusetts Read more […]

Drug Honkey – A Heavy Cloak of Death

Outlasting the trends and staying true to their craft, Drug Honkey have released 5 albums since their inception back in 1999. Playing a style of music that’s both heavy in terms of the actual death/doom Read more […]

Apocalypse Orchestra – Bringing Doom Back to the Dark Ages

In a time where speed and rushing to get things done are becoming more and more of a priority, it’s nice to see a new band emerge that embraces a slower pace. Sweden’s Apocalypse Orchestra combine Read more […]

Iced Earth – Incorruptible Warriors

One of the perks for being a part of the heavy metal scene for decades is the opportunity to develop relationships with some of your favorite bands. Especially when following the discography, peaks and Read more […]

Broken Hope – Still For Only the Sick Part II

Read Part I HERE. Dead Rhetoric: I’m a pretty big fan of your first novel, The Armageddon Chord. Do you have any plans to write another full-length novel at any point? Wagner: Thank you. I’m Read more […]

Broken Hope – Still For Only the Sick Part I

While they may not have garnered all the accolades of their veteran peers, Broken Hope has nonetheless stuck around in the death metal circles for quite some time. Yes, there was a period when the band Read more […]

Sifting Through Bandcamp – June 2017

Approaching the traditional quiet period for label releases before the upcoming fall onslaught, the Bandcamp market is still rather productive. As per the usual, there’s plenty to rifle through for Read more […]

Insatia – Rising from the Flames

Many bands struggle with finding an identity that fits and further enriching it. That doesn’t seem to be a problem for US/Canadian act Insatia, who have already seemed to find their essence with their Read more […]

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