Reviews

Mask of Judas – The Mesmerist (Self-Released)

There’s always something to be said for a band that can put out a debut full-length and generate a more unique feel to their music. Such is the case with the UK’s Mask of Judas, who fall within the Read more […]

Dead City Crown – Apex of Fury (Self-Released)

New Jersey’s Dead City Crown may not have an extensive back catalog since their beginning (which includes a few years under the name Ashes of Amber from 2010-2013), but they have made their releases Read more […]

Aggression – Feels Like Punk, Sounds Like Thrash (Dissonance Productions)

Canadian thrashers Aggression are one of the early pioneers from the Great White North – recording their first demo in 1985 and releasing their debut album The Full Treatment in 1987. They would break Read more […]

Nils Patrik Johansson – Evil Deluxe (Metalville Records)

Unless you’ve been locked in a dungeon for a couple of decades, if you are familiar with power/ progressive metal worldwide, especially of the Scandinavian variety, you’ll know of vocalist Nils Patrik Read more […]

Kataklysm – Meditations (Nuclear Blast)

From their chaotic and dizzying beginnings to their melodic/heavy combo that has kept them going over the past decade or so, Kataklysm has remained a force within the extreme music scene. For their thirteenth Read more […]

Candlemass – House of Doom EP (Napalm)

Candlemass creating a soundtrack for a video game…not quite the sign of the apocalypse (or total doom), but you get the idea main dude Leif Edling is looking for ways to keep the band interesting rather Read more […]

Fractal Gates – The Light That Shines (Rain Without End)

A hot commodity within the melodic death metal community, France’s Fractal Gates was last heard from via 2013’s sterling Beyond the Self, a space-faring, astral shower of lively melodies and blunt, Read more […]

Eufory – Higher and Higher (Sliptrick Records)

It’s very interesting to see the origins and development of new groups today. Take for instance Eufory – who started in 2008 as a Def Leppard tribute act, developing through the years into more of Read more […]

Callidice – Anthem for Resistance (Inverse Records)

Callidice happen to fall in an interesting position. While their music is something that could be tucked into the modern melodic death metal grouping, they don’t do it in the same way that their peers Read more […]

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 […]