BattleroaR – Codex Epicus (Cruz Del Sur Music)

Epic metal and their power/traditional/heavy offshoots have been a mainstay across Greece for decades – artists from Manowar and Omen to Iced Earth, Blind Guardian, and Manilla Road gaining stellar support Read more […]

Ad Hominem – Napalm for All (Osmose)

Rumblings of fascism within Ad Hominem’s lyrics have existed for quite some time now, but that’s what you get when your lyrics tread the delicate line between individualism and political matters. Nevertheless Read more […]

Violent Life Violent Death – Come, Heavy Breath (Self-Released)

When dealing with a hardcore-based act, often the best descriptor that can be used is that the material is simply caustic. There’s no compromise, no poppy clean vocals (a la metalcore), and the material Read more […]

Mountaineer – Passages (Lifeforce)

Barely a year after their impressive Sirens & Slumber debut, California post-metal ensemble Mountaineer are back with their second foray, Passages. Written by guitarist Clayton Bartholomew over the span Read more […]

A Scar for the Wicked – The Unholy (Self-Released)

Nowadays, having a notable influence from The Black Dahlia Murder is about as interesting as vanilla ice cream. There’s a remarkable number of bands that have taken the At the Gates-esque gallop with Read more […]

Falcun – Kingdom Come (Eat Metal Records)

Delivering heavy metal with tried and true themes of fantasy, sci-fi, and the daily grind, Falcun come from India – probably not the most well-known countries for metal exports, but they’ve developed Read more […]

Waelmist – Waelmist (Self-Released)

Arriving from the North Shore of Massachusetts, Waelmist started in 2015 to unleash their own take of East Coast thrash metal. It makes sense then to hear a self-titled EP after they’ve been building Read more […]

Marduk – Viktoria (Century Media)

By all appearances, Swedish black metal mainstays Marduk are averse to change. Their brand of streamlined, practically no-nonsense black metal has often placed them at the front of the Satanic charge. Read more […]

Phalloplasty/Slamophiliac – This Split Sucks (CDN Records)

One has to compliment the obvious Beavis & Butthead references here, not only in regard to the artwork but the album title itself. Amusing in some regards, it’s enough for some to potentially check Read more […]

Dead Shape Figure – Cacoëthes (Inverse Records)

After some time scanning the playlists and genre affinities for the writers of Dead Rhetoric, it’s clear that melodic death metal finds heavy favor across the board. The reasons are numerous – the Read more […]

Crossing Eternity – The Rising World (Rockshots Records)

A multinational act consisting of musicians from Romania and Sweden, Crossing Eternity may have only started last year – but through background research you’ll find these musicians have 25-30 years Read more […]

Skogen – Skuggorna Kallar (Nordvis Produktion)

Sweden’s Skogen have been up to their brand of folky, atmospheric black metal for a while now, introducing little enhancements ever along the way. Reaching their now fifth album, Skuggorna Kallar, one Read more […]

Lizzy Borden – My Midnight Things (Metal Blade)

Waiting out the changing music industry consumption models during the past decade where streaming and digital music have become the norm, Lizzy Borden finally issues his first studio album in 11 years Read more […]

Aegaeon – Age (Self-Released)

It’s been a while since there’s been new music from the Aegaeon camp. Sure there were two singles since 2012’s Being, but Age also reunites the band with their original (and rather brutal) vocalist Read more […]

Witchsorrow – Hexenhammer (Candlelight/Spinefarm)

An easy doom “layup” if there ever was one, Witchsorrow wear their influences on their sleeve like a regular punter decking out his (or her) jean jacket with patches of their favorite metal bands. Read more […]

The Konsortium – Rogaland (Agonia)

Upon last review, Norway’s The Konsortium found themselves in the constrictive industrial/cyber black metal box, a space that few choose to operate in because of its…constrictive nature. With ex-Enslaved Read more […]

Dallian – Automata (Self-Released)

Every little bit counts today in order to help your band stand out from the pack. In the case of Dallian, the first bit of enticement came from the band’s description that included symphonic death metal Read more […]

Impending Doom – The Sin and Doom Vol. II (eOne)

One of deathcore’s premiere acts at its heyday, Impending Doom found themselves in a unique position due to their use of Christian lyrics in their otherwise blistering and brutal assault. Their particular Read more […]

Progenie Terrestre Pura – starCross (Avantegarde)

Consistently one of the best bands when it comes to pulling in the potential listener with some absolutely outstanding visuals for cover art, Progenie Terrestre Pura truly hit their mark when it comes Read more […]

Endless – Mad Sick Mind (Necromance Records)

Being thoroughly entrenched in the extreme metal world, there are still some exceptions that slip through the cracks of Dead Rhetoric. Spain’s Endless have managed to release four full-length albums Read more […]

Mindreaper – Mirror Construction (…A Disordered World) – (Black Sunset/MDD Records)

Enriching the underground since 2001, Mindreaper come from the fertile mecca of metal in Europe – otherwise known as Germany. They’ve slowly worked their way up through demos, EP, and full-length album Read more […]

Ripe – The Litany of Fantasy (Self-Released)

While active since 2002 and releasing three albums fairly quickly from 2008-2012, Danish heavy metal act Ripe have a six-year lapse between records as their fourth full-length The Litany of Fantasy comes Read more […]

Dischordia – Binge/Purge (Self-Released)

A tech-death offering of two songs may not initially appear to be worth an entire inquiry, as such is usually relegated to our monthly Rapid Fires column. But it coming from the long-standing Oklahoma Read more […]

Ribspreader – The Van Murders Part 2 (Xtreem Music)

One of Rogga Johansson’s more well-established bands, Ribspreader has been cranking out ye old school Swedish death metal since 2003. More interesting this time around is that this album is the sequel Read more […]

Mourn the Light – Weight of the World (Scene)

Starting in late 2017 with an affinity for various types of metal and hard rock, Mourn the Light hail from southeastern CT and contain members with ties to the New England scene from a club/promoter standpoint. Read more […]

Vomitile – Pure Eternal Hate (Satanath Records)

When it comes to death metal, it’s not often that a band really can do much to surprise. The most brutal and technical areas just continue to expand, but Vomitile proves that it’s still a possibility Read more […]

Eskhaton – Omegalitheos (Lavadome Productions)

It’s been well-established that Eskhaton plays bestial and blitzkrieg level death/black metal. The type that goes for the jugular and never lets go. Unrelenting and brutal, as well as any other superlative Read more […]

The Night Flight Orchestra – Sometimes the World Ain’t Enough (Nuclear Blast)

Bouncing back with just over a year in the books since their third album, Amber Galactic, The Night Flight Orchestra fully prep themselves to launch into outer space with their fourth album. One might Read more […]

Refuge – Solitary Men (Frontiers Records)

A resurrection of sorts of an early Rage lineup just under a new name, Refuge consists of the Peavy-Manni Schmidt- Christos Efthimiadis trio of musicians who recorded five Rage records together during Read more […]

Astray Valley – Unneth (Wormholedeath)

Gradually building up a band profile and evolving their sound since 2015, Spain’s Astray Valley are now set to release their first full-length album. In moving towards a more proggy and atmospheric Read more […]

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