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 […]

Night Demon – Metal Ambassadors Part I

They say you have forever to put into the first album – but roughly half to a quarter of that time to make the follow up. Ventura, California act Night Demon knows all too well the rigors of the road Read more […]

Saturn – Unaltered Universe

Otherwise known as the sixth planet from the sun, Saturn also is the namesake of this Swedish quartet. Despite not being alive in the 1970’s, these musicians wish to take their favorite bands from that Read more […]

March 2017 Rapid Fires

Aside from the occasional winter blast, most DR staffers emerged from March unscathed. However, winter weather does have its benefits, most notably forcing us inside to review albums, like this month’s Read more […]

Amorphis – Lighting the Dark Path

On their first full North American trek in what seems like eons, Finnish metal heroes Amorphis have come to remind everyone who truly is Finland’s flagship metal band. Buoyed by their utterly-fantastic Read more […]

Zerozonic – Crushing Propulsion

Developing multiple outlets for all metal interests appears to be more of a regular occurrence these days. Especially if you can manage time and musicians well to make all your ideas become a reality. Read more […]

Trollfest – One Helluva Album!

When it comes to folk metal, few handle the quirky and often goofy nature of the material better than Trollfest. Not to mention taking it to a whole new level! No one doubts the musical genius (and occasional Read more […]

Persefone – Spiritual Evolution

Some bands are able to fire off albums like they are going out of style, putting a new one out every year or two. It’s a process that can work, but it doesn’t fit the mold and style of every band. Read more […]

Cellador – Back on the Grid Part II

Read Part I HERE. Dead Rhetoric: Now that you are in your thirties, when you look back upon your twenties, are you satisfied with everything that you accomplished with Cellador and in your personal Read more […]

Cellador – Back on the Grid Part I

Bursting onto the power/speed metal scene with their 2006 debut album Enter Deception on Metal Blade, Cellador proved that a young US band could compete with the established European brigade in this style, Read more […]

Sifting Through Bandcamp – March 2017

Another month bites the dust and we have finally made it to spring. That time of renewal and freshness after the scourge of a dark winter. To help put a little more pep in your step, we’ve got new Read more […]

Amaranthe – Endlessly Succeeding

Ever moving forward and perpetually touring, Amaranthe has tried to overtake the metal world since the release of their first, self-titled album in 2011. While Europe seemed to immediately embrace the Read more […]

Substratum – Wielding Mighty Swords

In the old business model of underground music, you had to scour local record stores, attend shows, or get into the tape trading network to find out about unsigned bands if you didn’t have access to Read more […]

Warbringer – Vanquish Once Again

To sustain anything over a decade in metal as far as a band deserves kudos – especially when playing more of an underground form of music that speaks to the people, void of any hope for major media push Read more […]

Fit For an Autopsy – “Angry People Need Angry Music”

Though the band is certainly much more than this, as they’ve proved with each successive album, angry people do need angry music. And they can get their fill from the guys of Fit for an Autopsy, who Read more […]

Without Waves – Limitless Creativity

Chicago, IL is a Mid-Western city known for coldness in the winter, bustling activity in the summer, and what some may consider the best deep dish pizza in the United States. It also happens to be home Read more […]

Katatonia – The Heart Beneath

After a three-year absence, Katatonia is returning to North American shores this March in support of their new The Fall of Hearts album. For a band who has been quite active on the live front since 2006’s Read more […]

Au Champ des Morts – No Comprise, Just Art

Probably, no, definitely, the most exciting French black metal band in recent memory, Au Champ des Morts have crafted what might be the year’s most majestic album in Dans la joie. The band’s penchant Read more […]

February 2017 Rapid Fires

The second month of 2017 provided in terms of new releases to fawn over. As per our habit, here is the next installment of Rapid Fires, our short review column. Bands up for review this month include Black Read more […]

Crystal Viper – The Witch is Back

When looking at the Polish metal scene, most ardent followers probably know of the extreme sub-genre of death/black bands led by the work of Vader and Behemoth who have elevated themselves to headliner Read more […]

The Charm The Fury – Ingredients for Timelessness

It’s hard to keep track of all the different bands coming out of the woodwork in the metal scene today. So many bands with the cookie-cutter approach in full effect, offering only the smallest adjustments Read more […]

Obituary – Three Decades Strong

One of the most revered veteran death metal acts still coming up with fresh material, Obituary is one of the few bands that shouldn’t require an introduction. The band’s celebrated history, and that Read more […]

Arduini/Balich – Men on a Doom Mountain

The “Arduini/Balich” name may not strike fear and/or interest into the average metal goer, but the sounds emanating from the band’s Dawn of Ages (Cruz Del Sur Music) debut should do the trick. The Read more […]

Ex Deo – The Importance of History

Heavy metal has long been associated with Vikings and their lore. Some of it due to European heritage, and some being that many find them to be an interesting culture. Not nearly as much love has been Read more […]

Sifting Through Bandcamp – February 2017

The Bandcamp machine continues to roll ahead at full steam. With more and more label-based material entering the waters, it’s even tougher to find the smaller releases, though we at DR are always happy Read more […]

Glare of the Sun – Soil’s Song

“There will be doom” is Glare of the Sun’s calling card, a line that could be used for countless purveyors of ungodly heavy music. The Austrian/German outfit have been a functioning entity since Read more […]

The Evil Dead – Scorching Earth

Heavy metal has blossomed into a worldwide movement. The internet bringing the community and music closer to those who wish to learn, to share, and to discover everything out there from the old to the Read more […]

Seven Kingdoms – Bringing Back Power

How many times in the metal landscape have we witnessed artists that originally develop an explosive style right out of the gate – only to morph into something more watered down, commercial, or off tangent Read more […]

Kurnugia – What’s Old Is New

In Babylonian mythology, Kurnugia is the underworld. When it comes to underground credibility, this Ohio death metal quintet embodies the principles of old school based on their steady development decades Read more […]