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Antropofagus – Savagely Memorable

Though there may be many who raise the flag high for brutal death metal, it’s not always an easy task. People demand a ‘pure strain’ so to speak, keeping things brutal and visceral from beginning Read more […]

Dying Fetus – Keeping the Spirit of Death Metal Alive

When you ask people about death metal, one of the names sure to come up (among others, of course) is that of Dying Fetus. They’ve had a patented sound that combines the brutality of death metal with Read more […]

Product of Hate – Aggression and Progression

When it comes down to the nitty-gritty, Product of Hate is a band that has worked their way up through the ranks based on hard-work and effort alone. Having a presence for over ten years at this point, Read more […]

Walpyrgus – Night Crawlers

The merger of unsung bastions of American metal Twisted Tower Dire and Widow, deathly dark doom Daylight Dies and gallant, beyond-epic metal While Heaven Wept, Walpyrgus is just as much of an all-star Read more […]

Vandroya – Beyond Power Metal

There’s something to be said for bands that can pull off power metal at the heavier end of the genre. They can take what works best with it, but also inject a bit more aggression in without spoiling the Read more […]

Atlas Pain – Striking Pagan Scores

Encouraging sub-genre melding in a wide open metal landscape, Italian quartet Atlas Pain wish to promote their love for not only symphonic/pagan metal but also a love for cinematic film scores. Forming Read more […]

May 2017 Rapid Fires

A wide array of bands greets us for this month’s installment of Rapid Fires, including riff-rock, ultra-sloppy death metal, brutal death metal, and of course, everything else in between. All in a month’s Read more […]

Eruption – Devotion to Oblivion Part II

Read Part I HERE. Dead Rhetoric: How would you describe the Slovenian metal scene in general? Do you believe you have great opportunities for shows locally, in addition to the awesome Metal Days festival? Read more […]

Eruption – Devotion to Oblivion Part I

Breaking though in the metal scene remains a constant uphill battle. Thousands of bands vying for limited attention spans, and tighter economic constraints to boot. What can these newer acts of the digital Read more […]

Sentient Ignition – Esoteric Aggression

The tough part about death metal is knowing how to balance the myriad of influences that can come into the material. So many different subgenres of death at this point that it’s a juggling act at best. Read more […]

Karkaos – Toppling the Colossus

It takes a lot of time and effort to get a band off the ground. So many options these days, and so much instant gratification demanded by consumers in seeking out new material that one can quickly lose Read more […]

Decrepit Throne – The Sound of Retribution

Dave Mustaine perhaps said it best: “You’re only as good as your weakest member.” The Megadeth leader knows a thing or two about assembling a high-class lineup, let alone member changes. He’s right, Read more […]

Unleash the Archers – Reach for Apex Part II

Read Part I HERE. Dead Rhetoric: Being a part of a family business coordinating light sales for small mom and pop stores when not on tour, do you believe there have been specific skills that have also Read more […]

Unleash the Archers – Reach for Apex Part I

Attaining and maintaining attention in the metal scene today can be a tough combination to maneuver. Let’s face it – possibilities seem limitless to grab everyone’s interest, and soon you are down Read more […]

Once Human – In a State of Evolution

First putting their stamp onto the metal world with their 2015 debut The Life I Remember, groovy metal champs Once Human have made an even bigger splash with their latest effort, Evolution. Unlike many Read more […]

Alestorm – Donkeys, Explosions, and Anchors! Oh Wow!

Rightly established by this point in their career, it doesn’t take much to conjure up an image of the fun-loving pirates of Alestorm. But beyond the goofy, amusing lyrics and vision the band has established, Read more […]

Below – Mighty Strident Thy Doom

There are a few points on Below’s new Upon a Pale Horse where you can imagine the Swedes, top billing on some massive Euro festival shindig, weaving their forceful, triumphant doom upon a mass of new Read more […]

The Night Flight Orchestra – A Journey through Space and Time

A classic rock band containing members of both Soilwork and Arch Enemy, The Night Flight Orchestra carries some serious prestige from the metal community, even if they aren’t exactly playing metal. Read more […]

Sifting Through Bandcamp – May 2017

Already back for another month of under the radar gems and underappreciated efforts, it seems like April was just here. Always plenty to seek out though, as it sometimes feels like this column could run Read more […]

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 […]