Illumishade – Join the Illumi Order

With so many bands constantly vying for the attention of music fans, how do you stand out? In the case of Illumishade, you come up with a grandiose concept that not only pertains to your album, but also Read more […]

Nightwish – Nature’s Landscape

Easily one of the biggest names in metal here in 2020, Nightwish reigns as one of the most recognizable acts within the symphonic metal scene as well. They also don’t rush an album. In fact, it’s Read more […]

Warred – Mask of Chaos

In today’s global marketplace, people often take for granted how the value of music can be perceived in other countries. Thanks to the global success of Sepultura and to a smaller degree Angra and Krisiun, Read more […]

Bonfire – Hand over Fist

German precision has elevated the country’s hard rock and metal output ever since the 1970’s. There’s something to be admired and studied regarding bands like The Scorpions, Accept, Kreator on through Read more […]

Sojourner – On Premonitions

Conjurers of grandiose yet occasionally somber extreme metal, Sojourner has released two triumphant pieces of atmospheric black metal meets melodic death meets doom to date. Their third album, Premonitions, Read more […]

Warbringer – A Glorious Future

When it comes to the second wave of thrash bands post-2001 when the Thrash of the Titans benefit happened in the Bay Area, it’s easy to position Warbringer near the top of the heap. Their work ethic Read more […]

Ulcerate – No Saviors

Suffice it to say, we’re all a bit uncomfortable these days. Routines and activities that were frequent and time-honored have been put on hold as a way to slow the coronavirus’s spread. Whether humanity Read more […]

Between the Buried and Me – Between the Buried and Me Retrospective

April 2002. Yours truly was a freshman in high school nearing the end of the school year and still a solid six or seven months away from an introduction to the ‘legitimate’ metal world (that is, the Read more […]

Khemmis – We’re All Doomed

Denver, Colorado may be best known as the mile-high city – but there’s a potent metal scene brewing as well. Add Khemmis to that list of breakout acts, especially for those who are into a mix of classic Read more […]

Abysmal Dawn – Eclipses and Evolution

It’s been a while since new Abysmal Dawn came through the pipes. 2014 was when Obsolescence was released to the masses. So it’s been six years, but Abysmal Dawn is back with their latest offering Read more […]

Cirith Ungol – Idols in Black

Legacy bands in heavy metal often struggle when deciding to release new material to their legion of followers – no matter how large or ‘cult’ they may be in numbers. Considering this California act Read more […]

Forgotten Tomb – Isolation Extreme

For over 20 years, the primary lyrical themes of Italy’s Forgotten Tomb have centered on depression, isolation, estrangement and nihilism. Coincidentally, these themes are dominating the world’s headlines Read more […]

Aether Realm – Redneck Vikings Raising Some Hell

A case of some hard work paying off, Aether Realm have slowly been moving their way up the ranks since first releasing One Chosen By the Gods in the earlier half of the 2010s. It was a melodic death and Read more […]

Sifting Through Bandcamp – April 2020

With continued quarantine, it does give some a bit more time to peruse the massive and always rapidly expanding Bandcamp database. So with that in mind, here’s a brand new batch of intriguing releases Read more […]

(0) – Melancholic and Mysterious

Seemingly popping right out of the woodwork and into the Napalm Records family is that of (0). With a previous EP under their belt, the mysterious act’s trippy and atmospheric approach to extreme metal Read more […]

Dynazty – Dynamic Delight

Bands develop from their initial influences, and given time, experience, and seasoning, will grow into a stronger, confident style of their own. Such is the case for Swedish metal act Dynazty. Those into Read more […]

Etherius – From Chaos to Renewal

There are few times where it can truly be said that an instrumental act is not like the others. Etherius being one of those cases, with a sound that is thrashy and altogether energetic while still allowing Read more […]

Trivium – Dead Men’s Tales

Crazy to think that it’s been 15 years since Trivium unveiled Ascendancy, their second full-length album (and first for major label Roadrunner Records) and it basically exploded on the metal world at Read more […]

Wolfheart – Fire and Chaos

Finnish melodic death/black act Wolfheart have been very productive over the past seven years. Wolves of Karelia is their fifth album already – and their touring schedule has gotten busier and busier Read more […]

Aborted – 25 Years of Brutality

Aborted has been quite consistent in the past decade in getting new material out roughly every two years. What’s been more impressive is how consistent the quality has also been, with the band repeatedly Read more […]

The Black Dahlia Murder – A Soundtrack for the Plague

Never a band to rest on their laurels, The Black Dahlia Murder have been fine-tuning their particular brand of death metal for almost two decades now and continue to elevate their material. Upcoming record Read more […]

Wolf – Feeding the Metal Machine

At a time when traditional heavy metal was starting to regenerate interest as Rob Halford and Bruce Dickinson returned to Judas Priest and Iron Maiden, there was a second generation of bands willing to Read more […]

Testament – Titans Return

When it comes to a thrash band that began in the ’80s still maintaining relevancy in 2020, it’s easy to put Testament in that category. Based on their ability to evolve as times, technology and members Read more […]

April 2020 Rapid Fires

Precarious times these are. The Dead Rhetoric staff hopes everyone is staying safe and practicing proper social distancing and health protocol. For this month’s Rapid Fires, our short review column, we Read more […]

August Burns Red – Metalcore Guardians

Having a discography of eight previous albums, Grammy nominations, and an ever-growing fanbase, August Burns Red have long established themselves as one of the leaders in metalcore. As such, ninth album Read more […]

Candlemass – Swinging the Pendulum

Vibrant times for Swedish doom metal institution Candlemass in 2020. Receiving accolades and Grammy nominations for their last studio album The Door to Doom, they’ve released so many classic albums and Read more […]

Ad Infinitum – The Story Begins…

Ad Infinitum was first announced by vocalist Melissa Bonny a few years back with a crowdfunding campaign. Since then, Ad Infinitum has signed to Napalm Records and has just released their debut album, Read more […]

The Unity – Shuffle in Pride

There’s something to be said about tradition in hard rock and metal. Musicians who stand by their talent, their vision, and translate that passion through their creative endeavors. The Unity have amassed Read more […]

Stallion – All in for Metal

Certain bands embrace the traditional metal mold – creating material that speaks to the heart of the genre. German act Stallion are one of those bands – intertwining songs that can be speedy one minute, Read more […]

Irist – Ordering the Mind

There’s not a ton of bands that can say that they put out their first release on a large label, like Nuclear Blast Records in this instance. Therefore it’s a telling sign of the potential that a band Read more […]