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Destruction – Agony and Ecstasy

When life throws lemons, many individuals make lemonade. Case in point – the COVID-19 pandemic that took over the world by the spring of 2020 – essentially shutting down the live music business for Read more […]

The Metalhead Box – May 2020

We arrive anew in a new month and a new set of opportunities to be devastated by the work of the good folks over at The Metalhead Box. Much closer to the pre-COVID timelines (and not obstructed by my own Read more […]

Dead Rhetoric Halfway Through 2020 Best-of

Hard to believe that we are already halfway through 2020! As always, we at DR have gathered our thoughts about the state of metal and mustered up a list of our very favorite releases for the year to date Read more […]

Afterimage – Executing Temperance

Forming at college and gelling together through a mixture of college house parties and outside New England gigs, Afterimage developed an engaging progressive rock/metal sound that incorporates a mixture Read more […]

Paradise Lost – Solidity and Grace

Over the course of sixteen studio albums and thirty plus years as a band, Paradise Lost have gained appeal and support from the death/doom and gothic communities in metal due to their originality and steady Read more […]

Sifting Through Bandcamp – June 2020

The Bandcamp world continues to turn rapidly, and it’s a particularly important time as delays with physical media have become more evident. A quick stream/download from Bandcamp is all that it takes Read more […]

Voices of Ruin – Seeking Immortality

Blending melodic death metal with Scandinavian touches together against some traditional heavy metal and thrash nuances, Southern California’s Voices of Ruin have made quite an impression prior to signing Read more […]

Withering Surface – The Wolves Have Been Fed

Flying just ever-so-slightly out of radar’s view during the late ’90s/early ’00s melodic death metal boom, Denmark’s Withering Surface pulled together a string of albums that warranted further Read more […]

Ensiferum – Seas, Water and Victory

Heading into their 25th anniversary as a band, Ensiferum are a veteran folk metal outfit who continue to be relied upon to entertain and delight audiences globally with their records and live shows. Whether Read more […]

June 2020 Rapid Fires

As summer (and some well-deserved fresh air) finally approaches, it’s a strange time this year as most festivals have cancelled. But there’s just as much metal to consume as always as it comes through Read more […]

Smackbound – Melodic, Energetic, and Emotional

So often nowadays you see bands haphazardly throwing music together just after forming, so it’s rare to see a more ‘realized’ effort that stems from really getting an understanding of the group and Read more […]

Falconer – Raise the Final Curtain

After nine albums and retiring from the live stage five years ago, it shouldn’t be a shock that the folk/power metal veterans Falconer are officially ending with this last album From a Dying Ember. For Read more […]

Fellahin Fall – Urban Gloom

A band that we at DR have been paying a lot of attention to over the last half a year or so has been Brooklyn’s Fellahin Fall. For good reason, with their melancholic take on gothic and industrial flavors Read more […]

Lamb of God – Opening a New Chapter

Lamb of God was one of those rare cases where there wasn’t any changes to the line-up over the years, as they continued to rise up through the ranks due to their unique brand of American metal. But Read more […]

Marrowfields – Low, Slow, and Brooding

Forming in 2015 originally as a project for guitarist Brandon Green and growing into a full-fledged band over the course of years, Marrowfields is a Massachusetts quintet that perform in the atmospheric Read more […]

Naglfar – Unleashing a Vortex

Snarling melodic black metal act Naglfar have long been a part of the Swedish scene, jumping in with a significant splash back in 1995 with Vittra. While the band doesn’t necessarily make a record per Read more […]

Beyond the Black – Reaching New Horizons

Justifiably moving their way up the ranks rather quickly over the course of three previous albums, Beyond the Black have become a more prominent force within the symphonic/modern metal scene. But what Read more […]

Mike Lepond’s Silent Assassins – Creating Continuity

Excelling at your instrument and garnering a reputation for your work allows you to make an impact in your niche, especially within the heavy metal genre. Case in point – Mike LePond. Probably best known Read more […]

Currents – Approaching the End

Having done some rising since the release of their debut, The Place I Feel Safest, modern metal/metalcore act Currents now sit upon the release of their second full-length, The Way it Ends, at the end Read more […]

Warning Sign – Redemption of the Crown

Guitarist/vocalist Maxim Beaulieu of Canadian metal band Warning Sign opens our Skype chat with the following line: ‘You’re depriving me of my last hour of work’. Considering most of the world has Read more […]

Cadaver – Returning to Splatter

Originally coming into existence in the late 1980s, Cadaver released some material in the early ‘90s before the band ultimately folded. But it was briefly resurrected around the turn of the century Read more […]

King Witch – Darkness and Light

Considering their relative short time frame as a unit, Scottish band King Witch are making an indelible impression on the heavy metal scene through two full-length albums. Signing to Listenable Records Read more […]

Sifting Through Bandcamp – May 2020

Another month winding down, as we start to see some quarantine restrictions lifting up and the temperatures rising. Here comes the summer, and along with it, a slew of more unknown acts trying to make Read more […]

Her Chariot Awaits – Embrace the Age

Over the past decade, guitarist Mike Orlando hasn’t been whittling his time when it comes to music and production. He owns his own studio Sonic Stomp, has been an integral part of Adrenaline Mob, and Read more […]

Winterfylleth – The Essence of Atmosphere

One of the early bands to emerge from the UK with their own take on atmospheric black metal was that of Winterfylleth. An emphasis on nature and national history helped them to make their mark, and it’s Read more […]

Darker Half – Out of the Shadows

In the six years since witnessing Australian power/heavy metal act Darker Half on their first US tour, a lot of things have happened for these fine musicians. They released the Classified EP in 2016 on Read more […]

Haken – A Viral Message

Unbeknownst to Haken, this progressive metal unit recorded their sixth studio album entitled Virus at a time that would affect the world – and themselves – in an unprecedented manner. Having to pull Read more […]

Alestorm – The Art of Fun

If one metal act exists today that can be associated with having a great time, it has to be Alestorm. Their pirate-themed antics have continued to raise the bar for catchy little songs that find a way Read more […]

May 2020 Rapid Fires

As some parts of the world start to ease out of quarantine, there’s still just as much going on in the heavy metal world as ever (except for live shows that is). So we are continuing our due diligence Read more […]

Bleed from Within – Fracture and Rebuild

Scottish modern metal act Bleed from Within have been playing the long game, having been around since 2005 and are now releasing their fifth album, Fracture. But it’s worked for them, with previous Read more […]

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