Reviews

Intensity Rising – The Mind Palace Gateway (Self-Released)

The instrumental project of comic book aficionado Mick Mayer, he is also a part of the Massachusetts party/progressive thrash band Sonic Pulse. The follow-up to last year’s From the Beyond effort, The Read more […]

Pentarium – Zwischenwelt (Boersma Records)

Nothing wrong with adding a little bit more melodic death metal to the daily playlist. Pentarium certainly fit the billing for a band looking to make a bigger mark for themselves in this area. After Read more […]

Ahtme – Sewerborn (Unique Leader)

Missouri-based death metal act Ahtme brought forth their first release (technically known as The Roman Holiday upon initial release in 2013), The Demonization, back in 2016. We fast-forward to the present, Read more […]

Monument – Hellhound (Rock of Angels Records)

UK traditional heavy metal resonates as a foundational genre. It’s hard to argue about the impact of it’s biggest benefactor Iron Maiden, as well as a subset that have influenced hundreds to thousands Read more […]

Lycanthro – Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse (Self-Released)

We at Dead Rhetoric feel fortunate to watch progress from release to release in not only the veterans of metal, but also the new breed striving to bust into the scene. Canadian band Lycanthro released Read more […]

Bury the Kings – V (Self-Released)

When one tends to think of deathcore releases, subtlety doesn’t seem to come along for the ride. It’s a genre that focuses on big breakdowns, brutal vocals, and speedy riffs, and the lyrical content Read more […]

Alkaloid – Liquid Anatomy (Season of Mist)

Given the massive landscape that Alkaloid’s debut, The Malkuth Grimoire, was able to accomplish, it wouldn’t be out of the ordinary to expect that high bar to be unattainable a second time around. Read more […]

Millennial Reign – The Great Divide (Ulterium Records)

A consistent struggle in the modern age of original metal music is the turnover of musicians due to the reality of work/family obligations. Especially for up and coming bands in the power/progressive metal Read more […]

Witch Mountain – Witch Mountain (Svart Records)

It’s often said that a singer switcheroo can make or break a band. Particularly when there’s an emphasis on said vocals, as is the case with bands of the doomier variety. So when revered vocalist Read more […]

Nervosa – Downfall of Mankind (Napalm)

Hungry and determined to slay all through sheer vengeance, Nervosa appear destined for greatness in the new breed of thrash acts based on their previous two albums Victim of Yourself and Agony. Stabilizing Read more […]

National Napalm Syndicate – Time Is the Fire (Iron Shield Records)

Originating in 1986, Finnish band National Napalm Syndicate have been back in their second incarnation since 2002. Guitarist Jukka Kyrö is the only remaining link between past and present – assembling Read more […]

Blood of Christ – Unrelenting Declivity of Anguish (CDN Records)

If you go back far enough into the annals of Canadian death metal, you’ll head back to the time when Cryptopsy and Kataklysm were beginning their ascension to the top in the ‘90s. You’ll also get Read more […]

Marc Rizzo – Rotation (Combat Records)

Best known around these parts for his long-term guitar role in Soulfly and Cavalera Conspiracy, Marc Rizzo has a rather prolific solo instrumental recording career as well. Releasing four albums from 2004-2010, Read more […]

Unflesh – Savior (Self-Released)

Originally catching our eye at DR through the Transcendence to Eternal Obscurity EP back in 2016, it’s safe to say that some changes have been made in the Unflesh camp. Originally the mostly one man Read more […]

Disassembled – Portals to Decimation (Self-Released)

Sometimes you just can’t force a good thing to pop up before its intended time. Take Disassembled, who have put out a few shorter releases over the span of the last two decades before finally bringing Read more […]

Owl – Orion Fenix (Zeitgeister Music)

You get the feeling that Owl, the solo project of Valborg vocalist/guitarist Christian Kolf, is akin to a mini-lab where ideas rarely discarded and the sonicscape means as much as the song. The man’s Read more […]

Apocrophex – AEternalis (Self-Released)

After releasing a real ripper with their debut, Suspended from the Cosmic Altar, Apocrophex has finally returned with their second album. It’s been three years mind you, which is enough time for some Read more […]

Infrared – Saviours (Self-Released)

What’s that saying…if at first you don’t succeed, try, try again? So many bands from the underground during the 1980’s and 90’s got lost in the shuffle, broke up, and then make a second go at Read more […]

Burn the Priest – Legion: XX (Epic Records)

What do you do when you are arguably one of the largest modern metal bands of today and you approach your 20th anniversary as a band? If you are Lamb of God, you ditch the name and go back to your roots. Read more […]

Varathron – Patriarchs of Evil (Agonia)

If Patriarchs of Evil opener “Tenebrous” isn’t the most Hellenic black metal-sounding song, then what is? The naturally exotic nature of Greek BM (you can hear it right away in the melodies) is essentially Read more […]

Fister – No Spirit Within (Listenable Records)

Hailing from St. Louis, Missouri – Fister since 2009 have been laying down the doom-sludge-stoner metal triad as a trio, permeating the market with a devastating sound. Their output has included Bathory Read more […]

Boon – Boon (Stamping Ground Records)

Austrian act Boon first appeared on this scribe’s aural proclivities due to guitarist Ken Straetman, who previously played in the melodic death/thrash act Days of Loss. Together since the late 90’s, Read more […]

Micawber – Beyond the Reach of Flame (Prosthetic)

A band that has slowly been building up steam within the underground, Micawber has previously unleashed two albums (and a few EPs) independently. But for their third album, Beyond the Reach of Flame, Read more […]

Ritual Necromancy – Disinterred Horror (Dark Descent)

In continuing what seems to be one of the larger portions of today’s death metal movement, Ritual Necromancy dust off their favorite Incantation albums and make their attempt to traverse the same, oozing, Read more […]

At the Gates – To Drink from the Night Itself (Century Media)

Much ado about the departure of lead guitarist Anders Björler, who steered the At the Gates songwriting ship, but whose rather pronounced distaste for touring led to his 2017 exit. It’s a good storyline Read more […]

Supreme Carnage – Morbid Ways to Die (Redefining Darkness Records/Raw Skull Recordz)

When one needs more than merely carnage, it’s time to bring in the supreme carnage. Jokes aside, it is the type of name that can set up some expectations when you take things a bit literally (and of Read more […]

Septic Tank – Rotting Civilisation (Rise Above)

The type of off-the-cuff, rambling record that speaks to an era that is now long gone, Septic Tank’s Rotting Civilisation is the result of patience — 20 years of it — along with some cagey metal Read more […]

Ihsahn – Àmr (Candlelight/Spinefarm)

In a way, it’s both weird and reassuring that Ihsahn is only in his early 40s. Weird, since his Emperor career is now more than two decades old, the band 16 years from their deactivation, recent live Read more […]

Overkill – Live in Overhausen (Nuclear Blast)

When it comes to Overkill, you know they go all in when presenting a ‘full album in its entirety’ concept. Go big, or go home, right? For the latest Live in Overhausen, that means recording a live Read more […]

Airborn – Lizard Secrets: Part One- Land of the Living (Fighter Records)

Active for 22 years, Italian band Airborn have released five previous albums, including a couple with Piet Sielck from Iron Savior behind the producer’s chair – beyond contributing to tribute albums Read more […]

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