Dead Rhetoric.com Week in Review: December 21 – December 27, 2014

Saturday, 27th December 2014

We’re now officially in the “dead zone” of the music calendar year, meaning, news will be slow, and action will be even slower. The industry shuts down at this time of year, with our various comrades at home, hopefully recharging their batteries for 2015. That statement in itself is hard to believe…the new year is right around the corner. Where does the time go? – David E. Gehlke

General housekeeping
Lest you forget about our Nervochaos giveaway. Enter here!

Features
Australian progressive metal death metal outfit Ne Obliviscaris are a band on the rise. Matt Coe investigated to find out why.

Kyle McGinn unearthed the latest and greatest from Bandcamp.

Reviews
Italian power metallers Renegade leave a lasting impressing with Thunder Knows No Mercy.

Unsung Netherlands-based death thrashers Pentacle have enjoyed quite the productive career, as so documented on the band’s The Fifth Moon…Beyond and Back compilation.

Crusty black metallers Unsacred get in and get out on False Light. 

Weird death metal has yet another band to get behind: Dimesland.

Finnish melancholic metallers 2 Wolves pay homage to some of their countrymen on Shelter.

The news in five
1. The original lineup of unsung 90’s groove metal crew Pissing Razors has reunited.
2. Broken Hope undergoes a lineup change.
3. King Diamond officially adds bassist Pontus Egberg.
4. Marty Friedman releases “Undertow” music video.
5. Nightwish reveals new album title, Endless Forms Most Beautiful.