Rage – Back to Life

A victim of multiple scheduled tours that had to be cancelled while the pandemic took away live performances during 2020, 2021, and parts of 2022, Rage has successfully been back on stage during a series Read more […]

Under the Oak – Rabid About Metal

Intertwining a love of thrash and classic heavy metal, Under the Oak are a quartet from Norway that take influences from the old school scene to develop new material through their two album releases. Their Read more […]

Meridian – Entering the Next Dimension

Displaying a catchy brand of melodic metal with throwback 80’s/90’s influences at the helm, Danish act Meridian may not necessarily be the flashiest act around – but their attention to the right Read more […]

Lost Society – Hold Up the Sky

Younger musicians naturally progress as they gain more seasoning, experience, living out their dreams while soaking in the reality of it all. Although Finnish quartet Lost Society started in their teens Read more […]

Purpendicular – Stepping Out of the Shadows

Although originating as a tribute to Deep Purple, Purpendicular musically evolved into an original act – including Ian Paice as the drumming foundation. They’ve released two previous studio albums Read more […]

Asylum – Eliminate the Tyrant

Ripping it up from Australia, Asylum delivers blistering thrash with plenty of gallop, punch, and chops through their steady stream of EP’s released over the past decade. Recently issuing their debut Read more […]

Stratovarius – Stepping Up the Game

Pioneers of putting power metal on the worldwide map through a series of tremendous records during the 90’s and 2000’s, the post-Tolkki years for Stratovarius are just as exciting to take in. The latest Read more […]

August 2022 Rapid Fires

The end of festival season usually gives way to a rash of new releases, of which the Dead Rhetoric staff is ready for. In the immediate future, here’s the August Rapid Fires, our short review column that Read more […]

Wolfheart – Gathering in the North

Continually delivering a killer blend of melodic death/black metal with penetrating depth, Wolfheart show no signs of slowing down their impact as they arrive at this sixth studio album King of the North. Read more […]

Aquila – Metal Is Metal

It’s evident that there’s a bevy of talented bands hailing from Canada these days. Add Aquila to this list – active since 2006, these musicians pull together a sound that contains a mix of death, Read more […]

Vlad in Tears – Hope Through Despair

Aligning as a quartet with residency in Germany and Italy, Vlad in Tears is a musical group that takes numerous 90’s gothic, industrial, and dark rock/metal influences into the modern world for Porpora, Read more […]

Revocation – Diabolical Chaos

Adventurous musicians never idle to strive for satisfying that creative burst of output. Always pushing boundaries in terms of intricacy, musicianship, and aggression within their style, Revocation once Read more […]

Fallujah – Embracing Oblivion

Masters at the progressive, atmospheric tech death arc in metal, Fallujah over the course of their career have been bringing their style to listeners far and wide, over many diverse platforms in the studio Read more […]

Brymir – Bigger, Stronger, Faster, Better

Finnish metal has this certain charm that translates globally across all the various subgenre platforms. In the case of Brymir, you can expect a sound that has melodic death, folk, power, and symphonic Read more […]

Soilwork – Relating to Abandonment

It’s no secret that for most of the staff at this site, Soilwork is a band that has always gained appreciation for their deep catalog and contributions to the heavy metal community. A new album always Read more […]

Hammer King – Savage Nobility

German act Hammer King have quickly established themselves as a current reliable force in the classic, traditional/power metal realm. Releasing five albums now in seven years, obvious ideas flow easily Read more […]

Idol Throne – Attack the Raven’s Blade

Newer bands often face an uphill climb to establish presence and credibility in a sea of releases, especially in the metal landscape. One act rising to that challenge is Midwestern quintet Idol Throne Read more […]

Edenbridge – All Paths Lead to Shangri-La

Symphonic metal veterans Edenbridge have a well-established discography and following as they close in on their 25th anniversary as a group in 2023. The eleventh studio album Shangri-La allows the quintet Read more […]

Nordic Union – Talent Personified

One of the highlights in the modern music era is the proliferation of talented musicians combining their skillsets to offer the public more recordings than ever before. Nordic Union started in 2016, putting Read more […]

Toxik – Heavier Yet Still Cynical

Just before online media consumption usurped the old-fashioned in print marketplace, this scribe used to be a co-editor for a few years in the late 90’s/early 2000’s at Snakepit magazine. Unearthing Read more […]

Jeff Wagner – Destination: Onward and Beyond

It’s been an honor to know music appreciator, journalist, and friend Jeff Wagner since the late teens as we both were contributors to Curious Goods fanzine during the late 80’s/early 90’s. He has Read more […]

July 2022 Rapid Fires

The July 2022 edition of Rapid Fires, our short review column, contains a wide array of bands, from blazing Australian death/thrash, symphonic power metal, progressive metal and everything in between. Read more […]

Tomb of Finland – Prepare for Entombment

Finnish metal encompasses a wide array of influences – the common thread throughout most of the bands is this purity and sensibility regarding the channeling of emotions through musical passages that Read more […]

Horizon Ignited – Flames Burning Bright

Many listeners within the melodic death metal community desire new blood to push the scene forward. For those who love a classic mix of the 1990’s early days with the finesse and energy of the present, Read more […]

Denied – Swirling in Madness

Many artists remember their final gigs before the COVID-19 pandemic shut down the entertainment industry. In the case of heavy/thrash metal act Denied, they would play one show in March 2020 three months Read more […]

Among These Ashes – Breaking Free

Today’s marketplace makes it difficult to stand out in the heavy metal landscape – especially if you are fresh to the scene. Quality often wins out in the end – and that’s the case here for Michigan Read more […]

H.E.A.T. – Rising with Force

Proving that quality melodic hard rock and heavy metal doesn’t have any expiration date, H.E.A.T. are one of the premiere artists resurrecting the love of these styles over the past couple of decades. Read more […]

Farewell to Fear – Punching Through

Producing a cross-pollination of styles across the hard rock/metal spectrum that have influences that are old school as well as modern, Farewell to Fear draw upon their decades of experience as musicians Read more […]

Oceans of Slumber – Lessons in Folklore

Finding a way of developing one’s own style can be an ever-evolving process. With experience and confidence, Texas act Oceans of Slumber continue to march to their own creative muse – incorporating Read more […]

Origin – Ripping with Nostalgia

Masters at their brand of technical, extreme death metal, Origin show no signs of relenting in their quest to appease their faithful global following through the release of Chaosmos, the eighth and latest Read more […]

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