Kayotik – Maximum Enslavement

Remember when death metal just stood for death metal – not too technical, nor fusing together elements of hardcore? Berlin, CT trio Kayotik aim to bring bring back the good old early 90’s days so to Read more […]

Overkill – Grinding Away

Outside of the Big Four of thrash, one reliable constant has been the steady meat and potatoes, bread and butter outlook and execution for New Jersey’s Overkill. When other bands break up or move on Read more […]

Hour of Penance – Casting Stones

One of the longest-running death metal bands to emerge out of Italy, Hour of Penance emerged at the turn of the century and has been going strong ever since. They’ve moved through a few labels over Read more […]

Kreator – Return to Violence

Many veteran metal acts have prospered as well if not more than their original time of popularity through the internet revolution- especially in terms of live performances in all corners of the globe. Read more […]

Static Tension – Within Reach

Grunge, the ever-infamous killer of ’80s glam and thrash bands, has enjoyed a mild boost in the credibility department as the years progress. Many are seeing the style for what it was: A more moody, less Read more […]

Hemina – Thinking Forward Part II

Click HERE to read Part I. Dead Rhetoric: How do you define progressive metal – considering the broad scope of what is considered progressive metal these days, as you can have everything from Devin Read more […]

Hemina – Thinking Forward Part I

Progressive metal needs fresh blood – as stagnation can be a death knell for veteran bands. Australia’s Hemina aim to be one of those go-to acts with their wide encompassing outlook to the genre through Read more […]

Now You Know: Continuum

Formation: 2009 Location: Waterbury, CT Style: Metal with various progressive, death, thrash, and groove inflections. Personnel: Brenda St Amant (vocals); Bryan Reilly (guitars); Jason Niezgorski (guitars); Read more […]

December 2016 Rapid Fires

Behold, the last installment of Rapid Fires for the turbulent year that was 2016. Actually, we’ll stay away from social and/or political commentary and simply note the unyielding strength of the metal Read more […]

2016 Album of the Year: Dark Tranquillity’s Atoma

As we begin yet another revolution around the sun, we at DR would like to take a moment to thank all of our supporters for this site, who continue to allow us to grow and expand. May 2017 continue in Read more […]

Best-of 2016 Musician Picks

In addition to our own staff picks this year, we thought it might be fun to reach out to some members of the metal community and get their thoughts on the best releases of 2016. Check them out, as well Read more […]

Light & Shade – Bend to the Will

Modern advances have accelerated the recording process, as what once had to be done in an expensive studio on the clock can now be achieved at a fraction of the cost at home – plus with the added benefit Read more […]

Matt Bower Best-of 2016

Undoubtedly, there was a lot of great metal released this year. With new albums from Metallica, Megadeth, Anthrax, Testament, Death Angel, Sodom, Destruction, Flotsam & Jetsam, and Vektor, it feels like Read more […]

Cancer – Malignant Cells

The U.K. thrash incarnation of Cancer and the Australian depressive black metal entity also known as Cancer are suitably worlds apart. The U.K. thrash version predates the Australian version by nearly Read more […]

Flotsam and Jetsam – Cultivating Once Again Part II

Read Part I HERE Dead Rhetoric: You recently toured Europe with Destruction, Enforcer, and Nervosa. How did the band deal with being on five different tour buses due to the breakdowns and burn-ups- Read more […]

Flotsam and Jetsam – Cultivating Once Again Part I

Second chances in any aspect of life should never be taken for granted- especially in the realm of metal. Many musicians falter due to band dissension or poor decision making at certain key moments that Read more […]

Sifting Through Bandcamp Best-of 2016

Metal is all about going out on your own and finding music that caters to what you are looking for. As such, Bandcamp is a huge tool for my own love of metal – it’s a joy to randomly come across albums Read more […]

J. Coleman Best-of 2016

So here we are, at yet another year’s end and let me tell you, what an enormous year it has been for metal. It seems like that’s what we all say at years’ end, but I truly think 2016 has been one Read more […]

Eternal Deformity – Therein Lies the Charm

In a career that has spanned 23 years, various trends, movements, and ideological shifts, Eternal Deformity has maintained one apparent constant: their love of metal, which as basic as it sounds, is the Read more […]

Matt Coe Best-of 2016

As many probably know, this scribe is an overnight creature who prefers the solitude and comfort of working alone as he takes in the music and albums he writes about (night owls of the world, unite!). Read more […]

Now You Know: Aversed

Formation: 2010 Location: Brighton/ Boston, MA Style: Extreme melodic metal. Personnel: Haydee Irizarry (vocals); Sungwoo Jeong (guitar/vocals); Alden Marchand (guitar); Martin Epstein (bass); Jeff Read more […]

Kyle McGinn Best-of 2016

Personally speaking, if 2016 is remembered by me for anything (outside the more global perspective), it’s going to be thought of for picking things up and moving in the right direction. Not to be sappy, Read more […]

David E. Gehlke Best-of 2016

Words this scribe never thought he would type: “Helloween have reunited.” If there was one classic band reunion that looked like it would never happen, it was Helloween, who dumped singer Michael Kiske Read more […]

Allegaeon – Proponent for Change

With album number four, Proponent for Sentience, recently being released [back in September], it seemed that even more people were starting to turn their heads towards Allegaeon. Their brand of technically-driven Read more […]

Battlecross – Seasoned Warriors

Usually when one thinks of Battlecross at this juncture in time, two things come to mind: hard-hitting thrash, and a true road warrior mentality. Through several full-length records, they have continued Read more […]

Chiasma – Progressive Yet Human Elements

Finding fresh new acts is always something that this scribe takes pleasure in. You never know where you are going to find the next band that will blow you away. One such band is that of Indianapolis Read more […]

Buzzard Canyon – Torn A-Thunder

“Camaro rock” it is for Connecticut’s Buzzard Canyon, a decidedly desert rock-sounding band with killer male/female vocal interplay to boot. The band’s Hellfire and Whiskey is highlighted by bluesy Read more […]

November 2016 Rapid Fires

In this month’s installment of Rapid Fires, we review a band from Oregon by the name of Nekro Drunkz. In favor of song titles such as “Puss Blood Buffet,” “College Co-Eds Pooping,” and “Tongue in the Toilet,” Read more […]

Dark Tranquillity – Perpetual Forward Momentum

One of the elder statesmen of the Swedish metal scene, Dark Tranquillity are now climbing towards that rare 30 year pinnacle (they are currently at 27 years FYI). They’ve also stayed true to their vision Read more […]

Mosh-Pit Justice – Dealers in Devastation

Growing up in a Balkan country like Bulgaria, the chances become slimmer than most in privileged areas of the globe to gain access to your favorite styles of music – let alone every album you could ever Read more […]