Suffocation – More Brutal Than You

If Terrance Hobbs wasn’t playing guitar in Suffocation, he could probably be a motivational speaker. Enthusiasm seemingly oozes from the man’s voice when talking about his band, so much so, you’d Read more […]

Dimmu Borgir – Purveyors of Symphonic Darkness

What really needs to be said about long-time veterans Dimmu Borgir? Easily one of the giants of the black metal genre, they’ve lasted well over two decades by evolving and tweaking their sound. Even Read more […]

Fortis Amor – Strong Metallic Love

With the current musical structure at a constant change, and the marketplace allowing for bands to simply record, dump, and repeat, there’s a bounty of music available. Hence, some of it can wildly Read more […]

The Unity – Steady and Strong

While Gamma Ray is on extended hiatus due to Kai Hansen shifting gears for a Keepers of the Seven Keys lineup reunion world tour, guitarist Henjo Richter and drummer Michael Ehré felt the need to explore Read more […]

Xandria – Of Ballads and Bombast

Hot on the heels of their fifth and (arguably) finest release to date in the form of Theater of Dimensions, Xandria has been already making the rounds with touring. Starting the year off with 70,000 Tons Read more […]

Delain – For the Glory

They often say good things come to those who wait. Consider Delain as having the patience and fortitude to have those good things come their way over time. In terms of a North American presence, the Read more […]

Novembers Doom – Continual Growth Part II

Read Part I HERE. Dead Rhetoric: What do you hope an audience member gets out of Novembers Doom when they see the band live? Do you have a personal preference for the studio or the stage, or are both Read more […]

Novembers Doom – Continual Growth Part I

Evolution constantly occurs in all forms of life. We are born, we grow up, we learn from experiences, we adapt, we modify, we mature, and eventually settle into what we hopefully do best. When it comes Read more […]

Bear Mace – Lay to Waste

The Windy City, otherwise known as Chicago, has never been at a loss in producing quality death metal. Starting with Broken Hope, Macabre and Master, then over to Cardiac Arrest, Cianide and Novembers Read more […]

Battle Beast – Touring Hard and Driving Fast

Battle Beast most recently released their fourth album, Bringer of Pain, back in February. By that time, it was already known that the band would be taking their first trip across the Atlantic to join Read more […]

Leaves’ Eyes – Storming Through North America

There’s been a lot of excitement in the Leaves’ Eyes camp over the past six months. They finished up a successful North American run with Sonata Arctica last year (their first with new vocalist Elina Read more […]

Dragonforce – Reaching for the Next Step

Has there been enough time now where when the name Dragonforce is mentioned, Guitar Hero isn’t immediately thought of as well? Of course, a classic track like “Through the Fire and Flames” is going Read more […]

Kobra and the Lotus – Prevailing Onward

Striving to bring melodic hard rock and heavy metal to the masses in today’s marketplace can be daunting. Competing against limitless options and quicker attention spans, what is here today could easily Read more […]

April 2017 Rapid Fires

Per the usual, lots of albums and lots of albums with variety to go around for this month’s installment of Rapid Fires, our short reviews column. As we look forward to a busy summer show schedule, here’s Read more […]

Hammerfall – Keeping the Faith

Long-time flagbearers for traditional metal, Hammerfall rose up during a period of time that was not exactly friendly to the genre. More extreme styles had become en vogue and the thought was that heavy Read more […]

Pyramaze – Hunger for Contingency

Developing their own take on power metal due to diverse influences from the multiple songwriters within the band, Pyramaze keep interest alive due to their high-quality discography. They’ve had the good Read more […]

Liv Sin – A Return to Sin

Sister Sin seemed to be riding a wave for the better in 2015. Coming off of arguably their strongest effort in Black Lotus, they had been touring extensively in both Europe and North America. Culminating Read more […]

Sabaton – Marching Across North America

No doubt one of the most highly anticipated spring tours among the metal community is that of Sabaton’s headlining trek with Leaves’ Eyes and Battle Beast. After numerous support tours in the last Read more […]

Artificial Brain – The Darker Side of A.I.

There are more and more bands moving into the space game – taking a futuristic approach and using it as a launching board to create extreme metal that more ‘at one with the universe’ type of mentality. Read more […]

Life of Agony – The Journey to a Place Where There’s No More Pain

A band that’s seen more than their fair share of ups and downs over the years, Life of Agony has still found a way to come out on top. Here in 2017, they’ve just released their first album since 2005’s Read more […]

Sifting Through Bandcamp – April 2017

Amazing how quick the year starts rolling by once the winter ends. Pleasant, spring days – be it rain or shine give off that nice, peaceful vibe. Perfect for ruining or complimenting by blasting some Read more […]

God Dethroned – Passion Ablaze

Always a persistent (and consistent) force in extreme metal since their 1992 debut The Christhunt, God Dethroned should be a recognized name at this point in their career. Always moving forward and enhancing Read more […]

The Mist – Screaming to Deaf Ears

Released at the height of the thrash movement in 1989, The Mist’s Phantasmagoria debut was a grit-filled offering, emblematic of the Brazilian scene in which the band came from. Unlike some of their Read more […]

MindMaze – Commitment, Determination, and Resolve Part II

Read Part I HERE. Dead Rhetoric: How do you feel about the advancement of your guitar playing over the years? What areas of interest do you focus on to improve or refine your technique and creativity? Teets: Read more […]

MindMaze – Commitment, Determination, and Resolve Part I

For any style of music to thrive, living on the shoulders of nostalgia only gets the movement so far. Artists retire and priorities change, necessitating the need for fresh blood. Coming up on their fifth Read more […]

Nail the Mix – Instructing the Next Generation Part II

Read Part I HERE. Dead Rhetoric: I wanted to bring that up – in doing some research and trying to find some questions, it seemed like most of the time it comes across that through Nail the Mix, you Read more […]

Nail the Mix – Instructing the Next Generation Part I

Instead of spending too much time waxing poetic about producers Eyal Levi, Joel Wanasek, and Joey Sturgis’ most recent endeavor of crafting an interactive, online educational experience (not to mention Read more […]

Demon Hunter – Weathering the Storm

Rising up with one of the iterations of MTV’s Headbanger’s Ball with a video for “Infected,” from their self-titled debut, the band found themselves lumped in with the growing metalcore movement Read more […]

Nightrage – The Struggle Was Grim

Circa 2003, Tomas Lindberg was a near-legend because of his brief stint in At the Gates. Gus G. was a hot commodity, but not quite at guitar hero level. Per Moller Jensen was the respected sticksman for Read more […]

Night Demon – Metal Ambassadors Part II

Read Part I HERE. Dead Rhetoric: How do you see the state of social media in terms of branding and promoting for metal bands these days? What measures does Night Demon take to stand out from the thousands Read more […]

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