Dead Rhetoric.com Week in Review: December 28, 2014 – January 3, 2015

Saturday, 3rd January 2015

A new year is upon us, one that we can only hope will be as productive as the last. Without straying into bold-proclamation and/or resolution territory, it’s much more suitable to extend thanks to our readership and various partners throughout the industry for allowing us to air our somewhat questionable opinions. Metal is good times all around – that shall remain the case for 2015…- David E. Gehlke

General housekeeping
Our Nervochaos CD giveaway is winding down. Enter here before it’s too late.

Short reviews-a-plenty with our December 2014 Rapid Fires.

Features
Get to know New Hampshire thrashers Epicenter.

Matt Coe snagged emerging progressive/power metallers MindMaze for this most-excellent two-part interview here and here.

Reviews
Neurtech, a one-man project, impresses quite considerably on Antagonist.

Stargazer retain their status as one of the underground’s better cult bands with A Merging to the Boundless.

Israeli-by-way-of-Germany thrashers Shredhead get the job done on Death is Righteous.

As Daylight Fades, the first output from melodic metal supergroup Serious Black is as good as advertised.

One of the more true Norwegian viking bands, Einherjer stay on their chosen path with Av Oss, for Oss.

Spanish thrash crew Angelus Apatrida stay in stride via Hidden Evolution.

The news in five
1. Blind Guardian releases another video trailer for their forthcoming new album.
2. Within Temptation offers video recap of 2014.
3. Cradle of Filth issues studio update; 2015 fall North American tour in the works.
4. Anthrax to contribute new song to Game of Thrones mixtape.
5. Accept splits with drummer and guitarist.