Dead Rhetoric.com Week in Review: February 2 – February 8, 2014

Saturday, 8th February 2014

The football season has finally concluded (the NFL does a great job of making its sport a 24/7, 365 endeavor), winter is rolling along, and so is metal. But, we don’t need to tell you that – just reference just some what transpired on this site and the metal world via the links below… – David E. Gehlke

General housekeeping
Your thoughts on At the Gates releasing a reunion album? Vote in our poll to weigh in.

Matt Coe caught the Worcester date of the Dark Tranquillity/Omnium Gatherum tour, which also happened to fall on his birthday.

A packed house in Pittsburgh was treated to Amon Amarth, Enslaved, and Skeletonwitch…and some power outages.

Live shots of the aforementioned Amon Amarth, Enslaved, and Skeletonwitch.

Features
Returning American melodeath outfit Inferi have a lot to prove, and do so on their The Path of Apotheosis album.

Former members of Sonic Syndicate circle the wagons and come out for the better in The Unguided.

British death/doom troupe Eye of Solitude caught up with DR to wax on their new Canto III album, and what’s it like to corral six members for rehearsal.

Ex-Prong, current Madonna guitarist Monte Pittman has an excellent new album, The Power of Three, on his hands. Hear what he had to say about it, and showering at truck stops.

Reviews
Israel’s Hammercult create a wholly enjoyable maelstrom on their sophomore Streetcrusher album.

The Unguided’s Fragile Immortality is a worthy melodeath platter, according to Kyle McGinn.

Long-running German metalcore quintet Caliban keep ’em coming with Ghost Empire.

A fascinating mix of black metal and Agalloch can be found on Fluisteraars new Dromers.

The Haunted are back on track, with a new lineup and re-focused, but familiar direction. The Eye of the Storm 7″ sets up their forthcoming full-length nicely.

Released last year in Europe, Sahg’s Delusion of Grandeur scores high marks for its spacy metal mix.

Quasi-legendary Finnish death metallers Demilich receive the reissue treatment for their 1993 album, Nespithe, which is renamed 20th Adversary of Emptiness.

The first perfect score of the year is for Behemoth’s new The Satanist.

Emerging technical melodic death metal clan Exmortus have a winner on their hands with Slave to the Sword.

Drudkh pack three EPs onto one release with Eastern Frontier in Flames.

The news in ten
1. Triptykon reveals new album details.
2. Jeff Hanneman gets traffic circle in Poland named after him.
3. Machine Head to hit the studio this weekend.
4. Megadeth’s tour manager claims the band had nothing to do with Newsted being booted off Sidewave shows in Australia.
5. An all-star tribute to Ronnie James Dio in the form of This is Your Life will be released in April.
6. Despised Icon to reunite for European, and eventually, North American shows.
7. Fleshgod Apocalypse releases the video for “Pathfinder.”
8. Mastodon to hit the road with Gojira and Kvelertak.
9. Meshuggah celebrates 25th anniversary.
10. Alestorm begins recording new album.