Ola Englund – Now You Know

The reshaping of The Haunted’s lineup was a long time coming, with the band having effectively spent itself creatively well before the release of 2011’s critically and commercially-panned Unseen. Most Read more […]

Sirenia – Deep Cold and the Deeper Blue

It’s by sheer coincidence than Sirenia and Tristania are releasing albums within a few weeks of each other. The pair, inexorably linked because of guitarist/vocalist Morten Veland’s involvement in each, Read more […]

The Amenta – Null, Empty, Void

December 2009, Pittsburgh, PA. DR in its former incarnation as Blistering.com was asked to cover Vader’s North American headline tour, a run that saw no less than three bands drop off from the billing. Read more […]

Fatality North American Tour Diary Part I

Toronto’s Fatality have geared up for a two-month North American “Towards Disastour” in support of their latest masterpiece Psychonaut, which was released on June 28. As the thrash party monsters strike Read more […]

Tristania – Requiem For a Scream

Once the torchbearers for female-fronted, symphonic Goth metal, Norway’s Tristania have made diligent strides in the other direction, evolving into an entity almost separate from their past. You won’t Read more […]

Queensryche – Paving the Road to Madness

The Geoff Tate versus Queensryche battle is good enough theater for Court TV or TruTV…whatever they’re calling it these days. The story of Tate’s deception, shady business dealings, and utter lack Read more […]

June 2013 Rapid Fires

A continuation of a column we ran on our former incarnation, Blistering.com, Rapid Fires will allow us to give albums some page-time that otherwise would be forever left in the digital queue. Such moves Read more […]

Jon Oliva – The Mountain King Reigns

Musicians handle tragic circumstances in their own way. For Jon Oliva, the death of his brother Criss Oliva on October 17, 1993 at the hands of drunk driver sent the man back into the studio for the recording Read more […]

Dan Swanö – Recollections of the Shadowman Part II

The second part of our interview with Swedish producer/multi-instrumentalist Dan Swanö, on the docket for discussion is his work with perennial DR favorites Katatonia, whom Swanö had a close relationship Read more […]

Dan Swanö – Recollections of the Shadowman

One of the brick layers of the Swedish metal underground, producer, multi-instrumentalist Dan Swano has logged more hours behind the mixing board than humanly possible, all the while laying claim to a Read more […]

Dead Rhetoric.com Top 5 of 2013…So Far

We’re over the halfway mark of 2013, a year that has been peppered with big happenings and bad news (see: Jeff Hanneman). Par for the course in metal? Yeah, probably, yet somewhere in between a rash of Read more […]

Bruce Soord & Jonas Renkse – The Departer and the Nerve

The Pineapple Thief is one those periphery bands for a lot of us; proggy, a smidge obscure, but with enough musicality that it will take the progressive-minded off the rails into different territory. And Read more […]

Atrocity – Deep in the Subconscious

New death metal bands want to sound like old death metal bands, while old death metal bands want to sound new, or fresh, for that matter. It’s what happens when things come full-circle, like they have Read more […]

Everlasting Singularity: Dead Rhetoric Bids Adieu To The Devil’s Blood

When word broke that The Devil’s Blood were disbanding, subsequent waves of bafflement and wonder emerged from the underground. How could a band seemingly on the upswing, the virtual crux of greater Read more […]

Aborym – You, Me, Us…All Dirty

Aborym’s new album is titled Dirty, and it’s about being dirty. While thoughts of Christina Aguilera’s song of the same name rattle in Dead Rhetoric’s head, the focus shifts over to how in fact, Read more […]

Cynthesis – A Second Progressive ReEvolution

At one time, progressive metal as a genre represented the big three: Dream Theater, Fates Warning, and Queensryche. During the 1990s thanks to all three acts extensive touring domestic and abroad, the Read more […]

Eyeconoclast – Killing Capacity: Massive

From the garage to the underground, to whatever the next level is…such is the trajectory for Italy’s Eyeconoclast. Finding a niche band in Italy is tough enough, but apparently, keeping a stable lineup Read more […]

The Omega Experiment – Karma to Learn

We’ve spoken to bands doing things themselves least a few times in the year that has been 2013. Generally, that entails being in a one-man black metal band and not having the slightest care about production Read more […]

Immolation – 25 Years Of Terror

A long time pillar of New York’s death metal sector, Immolation continue their legacy of extreme, no bullshit metal with the release of Kingdom of Conspiracy. The latest album sees the band at their Read more […]

The Merciless Book of Metal List’s Howie Abrams

Understanding of the fabric that makes the metal underground so important to many of us, industry vet Howie Abrams and co-author Sacha Jenkins set out to create the ultimate coffee table mainstay in the Read more […]

Anciients – Hashes and Ashes

Worthy of the term “buzzworthy,” Vancouver’s Anciients are currently one of the bands that has the metal and hard rock press up in arms with praise. While Dead Rhetoric doesn’t fully have the pulse Read more […]

Amorphis – The Circle and the Smoke

The Joutsen-era of Amorphis has been so consistent and so good, that we might start taking it for granted. It’s a far cry from those hum-drum early 00’s days, when the band was treading creative water, Read more […]

Flotsam and Jetsam – Remaining Ugly and Proud of It

I recently had the chance to catch Flotsam and Jetsam live on the Dark Roots of Thrash tour with Testament and Overkill. Unfortunately though, Bobby ‘Blitz’ Ellsworth came down with an illness and Read more […]

Sodom – Triumphant Thrash Torture

For over 30 years, German thrash band Sodom move along, trends be damned. For bassist/ vocalist Tom Angelripper, he knows what he wants to play- finds the able bodies to help with the cause- and gives Read more […]

Horror Metal Sounds – May 2013

This is the first of what should be many columns regarding the connection between metal and horror films from our own Ken Gallant. As you’ll read below, Ken knows his stuff (and has a glaring affinity Read more […]

Freedoms Reign – Long Way Back to Brocken

In most instances, new bands featuring “former members from band X” or “the return of so-so” leave a bit to be desired, or fall prey to the hype machine. Some metal dudes think they can just show Read more […]

October Tide – Silence Surrounds

Owning the rare distinction of four vocalists in as many albums, Swedish dark/death metallers October Tide have proven that regardless of who mans the mic, there won’t be a drop-off in quality. Case Read more […]

GWAR – Bottomless Holes and BBQ

Still in the throes of their late-career resurgence, GWAR are starting to gain some semblance of normalcy after the tragic passing of guitarist Corey Smoot in late-2011. Touring has proven to be the remedy, Read more […]

Cauldron – Burning at Both Ends

Talk to the Cauldron guys about all of the glamour, chicks, and money that come from being in a metal band…they’ll give you the scoop. It’s probably why aspiring teenage rockers should never read Read more […]

Vicious Rumors – Pure Power Punishment

Growing up in the 1980’s pre-digital record store age, I would often maximize my entertainment purchases through a deep scouring of the cut out bargain bins. One of the American acts I discovered through Read more […]

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