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Six Feet Under – There Are No Shortcuts

Having a significant presence since their formation in the early ‘90s, largely in part due to then Cannibal Corpse vocalist Chris Barnes, Six Feet Under is one of those acts that most metal fans are Read more […]

The Final Sleep – Thoughtful Death Metal

With all of the bands available at the choosing of the listener, it’s always a pleasure to find an act that simply walk along the same path as everyone else. Far too often, imitation carries the bulk Read more […]

Thunder and Lightning – Ages Keep Turning

There are some bands that just keep plugging away in the underground. Germany’s Thunder and Lightning have been doing their thing for over ten years at this point, with a resume that includes 4 full-length Read more […]

Habitual Sins – Serial Offenders

Steady inroads continue to develop in the traditional forms of heavy metal going five decades strong. Excitement abounds through the old guard when it comes to new studio albums and tour announcements Read more […]

January 2017 Rapid Fires

With little, if any albums to clean out from 2016, onward we jump into 2017 with the first round of our monthly short reviews, otherwise known as Rapid Fires. Up this month: A Sun Traverse, Aether, Borealis, Read more […]

Firewind – Practice, Discipline, and Patience

If you’ve followed the hard rock and metal realm since the early 2000’s, there’s a solid chance you are familiar with virtuoso guitarist Gus G. His extensive discography includes work with Mystic Read more […]

Scenario II – Approaching Dawn

Clichéd as it may be to say, perhaps we are currently witnessing a new age of melodic death metal. Not of the super modern variety, as that’s been churning out the pipelines for years. But the olden Read more […]

Enemy of Reality – The Myth Comes Alive

Melding together the rich literature of mythology and the wondrous expansiveness available through symphonic metal, Enemy of Reality represent one of the shining newcomer beacons from Greece. Beyond the Read more […]

Sifting Through Bandcamp – January 2017

The start of a new year once more. A number of bands fast out of the gate already, with either preview tracks from material to come or short EPs to get a jump on the scene. Always plenty to explore for Read more […]

Xandria – Entering New Dimensions

Seven albums in to this point, symphonic powerhouse Xandria shows no signs of slowing down. Acquiring current vocalist Dianne van Giersbergen around the time of their last full-length, Sacrificium, the Read more […]

Xoth – Escape from the Void

In most cases, the bass is fourth fiddle in the instrumentation scheme. That’s just how it is in metal. The best example would be Jason Newsted’s virtually inaudible tones on …And Justice for All, Read more […]

Battle Beast – No Pain, No Gain

The tide had been rising for Battle Beast for a number of years all the way up to their third release, 2015’s Unholy Savior. Shortly after the album had been released (to even greater successes than Read more […]

Luciferian Light Orchestra – The Return is Eternal

As one of the first true practitioners of symphonic metal, Christofer Johnsson has permanent license to do as he wishes. The initial bold leap he took with Therion’s godly 1996 Theli has resulted in Read more […]

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 […]