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Calamity – A Thrash Brotherhood

Puerto Rico may not necessarily rank high as a hotbed for a metal scene, but there have been some killer bands that generate underground interest over the years. Many moved to the mainland United States Read more […]

Smoulder – Epic Empowerment

When it comes to epic doom metal, ardent followers know the masters. Candlemass. Solitude Aeturnus. Solstice. There appears to be a new wave of musicians willing to push their take on their favored genre, Read more […]

Invicta – Terminal Aggression

The search for new sounds is easier than ever in the metal genre – thanks to tools like YouTube, Spotify, and Bandcamp to name three of many. Take Canadian act Invicta – since arriving on the scene Read more […]

May 2019 Rapid Fires

Summer is just about upon us, which means we can put the rain-soaked months of April and May in the rear-view, although there are surely some parts of the globe who are experiencing otherwise. Nevertheless, Read more […]

West of Hell – Hold the Hammer Down

Establishing yourselves in the metal scene is never easy. In the case of heavy metal band West of Hell, they’ve moved from New Zealand to Vancouver, Canada during their career- losing members in the Read more […]

Nocturnus AD – Where the Past Meets the Future

Many today are quick to cite the influence on Nocturnus’ 1990 release, The Key. A unique album, arguably ahead of its time due to the usage of more science fiction elements and the heavy incorporation Read more […]

Glare of the Sun – Burning Bright(er)

Austrian post-doom-heavy-dudes Glare of the Sun isn’t your chip off the traditional Isis/Cult of Luna chopping block. No, they’re something entirely different…riveting, even, something that comes Read more […]

Paladin – Ascending to Shred

The US is a tough market to crack if you are a power metal-esque band. Americans are much more inclined to follow heavier and more aggressive acts, which has led interesting permutations of bands trying Read more […]

Cathartic Demise – Racing for Liberty

Here at Dead Rhetoric we strive to provide metal coverage that tackles all levels of the community – from the numerous signed bands globally all the way to upcoming musicians who are plugging away on Read more […]

Arch/Matheos – For the Love of Music

John Arch is probably best known for his impressive stratospheric vocal range unearthed on the first three Fates Warning albums during the early to mid-1980’s. His abilities have continued to gain acclaim Read more […]

Dreadnought – Emerging Flames

Back in 2013, Dreadnought released their first album, Lifewoven, as an independent entity. It was a striking piece, and one that really bucked an easy classification with their use of non-metal instrumentation Read more […]

Song Premiere: Lunar Shadow’s “Roses”

Ever wondered what classic, epic heavy metal would sound like with a touch of black metal influence added in? Even if you hadn’t, Lunar Shadow are here to make that thought a most palatable and enjoyable Read more […]

Axenstar – Honor Thy Time

Arriving in the early 2000’s, Swedish power metal band Axenstar have been a solid mainstay in the scene. Their discography contains a mixture of European and American influences, running the spectrum Read more […]

Starkill – The Force of Gravity

As a band, it feels as if Starkill has really come into their own with their past two releases. First there was 2016’s Shadow Sleep, where a more modern sounding and infectious vibe permeated the material Read more […]

Hath – Venturing to Worlds Within

Hath first hit the scene with their Hive EP back in 2015, which started to make a few waves due to the mix of progressive, Opeth-ian structures and unbridled black/death brutality. It may have taken four Read more […]

Paragon – Defenders for Controlled Demolition

We need musicians sometimes who stay on a tried and true course. People who understand the main principles of their craft, willing to embrace the tools of their trade but not lose sight of the sound and Read more […]

Old Night – Soulburn

One of the best doom revelations in recent memory, Croatia’s Old Night broke onto the scene with their 2017 Pale Cold Irrelevance debut. Born from the Candlemass/Solitude Aeturnus school of emotional Read more […]

Entombed – A Clandestine Path

When it comes to the seminal names in death metal that new bands often cite as an influence, it’s hard to top that of Entombed. One of the acts that defined the Swedish death metal movement with their Read more […]

April 2019 Rapid Fires

April showers bring May flowers, a line surely plenty of us were uttering throughout the month as rain foiled plans and soaked the earth. All the more reason to stay inside and listen to metal, though, Read more […]

War Curse – Prepare for Eradication

While thrash enjoys a second (or third) wave of appeal globally, it’s important to not just praise and savor the tried and true old guard who push new albums or gain prime touring/festival slot chances Read more […]

Abnormality – A Construct of Intensity

Truly, if there’s one word that sums up the death metal of Abnormality, it’s intensity. There’s something special to the band’s attack. It’s something that jumps right up in your face. From Read more […]

Lord Dying – Cycles of Life and Death

It’s been a few years since we’d gotten any new music from Lord Dying. The sludgy act chose not to sit still in that time though, as they continued onwards on the road, and took some careful time Read more […]

Solarus – Seamless Integration

Originating as a personal project and blossoming into a full band entity, Canadian band Solarus bridge many sub-genres from progressive/power metal to symphonic and melancholic/gothic strains through their Read more […]

Sylvaine – On Nature and Duality

Sylvaine, the one-woman project of Kathrine Shepard, has been making leaps and bounds with each successive release. Her most recent release, 2018’s Atoms Aligned, Coming Undone continues to expand what Read more […]

Silver Bullet – Purge the Witches

When you think of Finnish power metal, a few specific bands come to mind. Probably the two most famous bands to make an international splash would be Stratovarius and Sonata Arctica. But there are wider Read more […]

Enforcer – Reaching the Zenith

We’ve all known the story. A hungry band establish themselves, a cult-like fanbase grows through word of mouth and touring – and then fear sets in as that ‘baby’ band becomes bigger and more successful Read more […]

Valence – Instrumental Dissidents

Sometimes there’s a disconnect that causes music fans to not be interested in instrumental music. Some view it as lacking structure, or the band at hand is more concerned with technicality rather than Read more […]

Drawn into Descent – Prelude to Fall

Believe us, there is no shortage of atmospheric black metal bands huddling around the smoldering fire that is their music of choice. It’s like everyone is running the same race, but no one is able to Read more […]

Grand Magus – Strike of the Wolf

When legends die or retire, who is left to hold the heavy metal mantle? Opinions vary as to who will carry the torch, but for this scribe’s money you can’t go wrong with Grand Magus. Celebrating their Read more […]

Heavy as Texas – A Texas State of Mind

Obviously a name like Heavy as Texas implies there’s going to be some dense guitars and weight to the sound. But what you might expect is the diversity that comes to play over the 8 tracks that makes Read more […]

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