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Imonolith – The Reign Begins

Due to the high frequency of ‘big metal names’ involved (among them ex/members of Devin Townsend Project and Threat Signal), there’s been a lot of eyes on Imonolith since the band was first announced. Read more […]

Deathwhite – Treading Funeral Grounds

Of the newer breed of doomy acts within the metal sphere today, Deathwhite surely comes to mind as being one of the strongest (and growingly more revered). There’s a good reason for this – the band Read more […]

Runescarred – Minor Progressions

For Texas act Runescarred, they’ve established a diverse sound rather quickly since their inception in 2017. Releasing a three-song EP in 2018 with We Are, the group eventually expanded to the current Read more […]

Michael Alago – Breathing Music

Everyone tends to look directly at the bands, but how are those bands that everyone loves so much found? Michael Alago spent 25 years in A&R, discovering bands and making notable signings like Metallica Read more […]

March 2020 Rapid Fires

Uncertainty and panic, at least in some form, has enveloped parts of the world, but the metal release schedule soldiers on. Perhaps with the recent quarantines and social distancing measures put in place, Read more […]

Heaven Shall Burn – No Truth Without Sacrifice

Long have Heaven Shall Burn putting out their particular message to the metal masses. Over twenty years and now nine albums, in fact. Their aggressive form of metalcore always stuck to the heavier end Read more […]

Master Boot Record – Metal Goes Chiptune

Making a vast library of music incredibly quickly, Master Boot Record has been routinely releasing new music over the last few years – be it in the form of albums or cover songs. But this week is something Read more […]

Visions of Atlantis – Wanderers in the USA

No doubt, there were many Visions of Atlantis fans who were quite excited to see that the band was going to make their way to the United States – opening up for Dragonforce and labelmates Unleash the Read more […]

David Reece – Metal Loyalty

“David – you realize if this fails, it’s your fault and it’s my fault.” I said, “It’s not going to fail!”. One never knows, and I was shocked that (Dieter Dierks) said that. But no truer Read more […]

Porta Nigra – No Absence of Contrast

What does a black metal band have to do to get noticed? Seriously — think of how many black metal bands are currently mucking about and try to distinguish them. Good luck with that. For German black Read more […]

Cruel Bomb – Nuclear Explosion

These are thriving times for thrash. Veteran bands are still churning out high quality releases – spurring a second and third generation of musicians to also put their stamp on the proceedings. Add Pennsylvania Read more […]

Hallas – Rock Adventurers

Few and far between is the band that can actually describe their music in a way that makes it simple to grasp what they are doing. But Hallas quickly developed the term ‘adventure rock’ and it’s Read more […]

Lucifer – One Foot in the Darkness

There’s always something to be said for bands that play exactly what they want to play and ignore the current trends of the times. While Lucifer has had a number of line-up changes in its span of three Read more […]

Quasarborn – Quest for Identity

Expanding their horizons from thrash into more progressive and technical avenues, Serbian band Quasarborn possess quality musicianship and songwriting knowledge beyond the average act. Their latest album Read more […]

Burning Witches – Metal Adrenaline

Breaking down walls through their allegiance to the metal cause, Burning Witches are serious about their passion and abilities as musicians, songwriters, and performers. They’ve handled member changes, Read more […]

Brothers of Metal – Dancing on a Thin Line

We don’t have many eight-piece bands in heavy/power metal, especially with three singers and three guitarists. Such is the case for Swedish act Brothers of Metal – friends who developed a sound that Read more […]

Stitched Up Heart – Out of the Darkness

Stitched up Heart made a notable mark back in 2016 with their full-length debut, Never Alone. Passionate and energetic, there was a fresh feel to what the band was doing in comparison to much of the hard Read more […]

Sifting through Bandcamp – February 2020

It’s been a minute since I was able to do a solid, monthly Bandcamp column. Life gets in the way, as does our ever-growing website here at DR, but with any luck, we can get a sustainable one per month Read more […]

Serenity – Crown of the Last Knight

Establishing themselves in a symphonic/power/progressive metal realm since the early 2000’s, Serenity have recalibrated their approach as of late. Especially noticeable on their last studio album Lionheart, Read more […]

Beneath the Massacre – A Long Awaited Return

It’s been eight years since Beneath the Massacre released Incongruous. There was never any notice from the band that they were going on a hiatus or quit – there was just an absence of new music. Read more […]

Svart Crown – Thermageddon Rising

From their more evil and blackened beginnings through their evolution to the point of today’s blackened/deathly mix, Svart Crown have been a French act to watch. Always engaged in some form of brutality, Read more […]

Fen – The Light That Shines

Fen’s latest studio album, The Dead Light, was released at the tail-end of 2019, which, as we all know, is a time when year-end lists have already been compiled and sorted. Such matters were of little Read more […]

Black Swan – Ready to Shake the World

The coming together of four guys that have had their foot in the hard rock window for decades, vocalist Robin McAuley, Reb Beach, Jeff Pilson, and Matt Starr have crafted Black Swan into something that Read more […]

Hyperia – Striving for Growth

Success comes to those willing to put the nose to the grindstone and do all the little things that make the difference. Even in their relatively short timeframe as a band since the fall of 2018, Canadian Read more […]

Neaera – The Tempest Has Returned

While they never seemed to have the reach of fellow countrymen Heaven Shall Burn or Caliban, Neaera have been a consistent force in the German modern metal scene since the early part of the century. Combining Read more […]

Seven Spires – Traverse the Seas

If you’ve followed Dead Rhetoric at all, you know multiple scribes have been avid followers and consumers of Seven Spires. From their entertaining live shows through their EP’s and full-length efforts, Read more […]

On Thorns I Lay – Ageless Sorrow

It’s almost a prerequisite for a melodic death-doom band to make a severe right turn at some point during their career. Take a look at Paradise Lost, My Dying Bride, Anathema, Katatonia and even Moonspell Read more […]

Psychotic Waltz – Enter the Void

Intertwining a wide array of progressive metal, progressive rock and outside the box influences, San Diego act Psychotic Waltz didn’t easily fit into any “flavors” of the month during the 1990s. But Read more […]

January 2020 Rapid Fires

The first Rapid Fires of the year means we’re out from under the fervor of year-end list time and last-minute releases. There are complaints with a crowded metal release calender – it just gives us more Read more […]

Godthrymm – Exalted Beings

Pedigree, while always a nice thing to have, doesn’t guarantee a new band’s validity. The supergroup age of recent memory has taught us many valuable lessons, the most obvious being that background, Read more […]