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Hiraes – Awakened Resilience

Storming into the melodic death metal community with their first album in the middle of the pandemic, Hiraes are back for round two with Dormant. Comprised of ex-members from Dawn of Disease and Critical Read more […]

Any Given Day – Unbroken Spirits

With three full-length albums already under their belts, Germany’s Any Given Day have been making a name for themeselves in the German metal scene for over a decade. Their newest album, Limitless, is their Read more […]

Saxon – Hurling Fire and Steel

Photo: Ned Wakeman Veterans of the classic British metal style that elevated this music to a global audience, Saxon continues to produce high quality studio albums even in these modern times. Hell, Read more […]

Advocacy – Perseverance Through Decoherence

Progressive rock / metal may always be a niche style in terms of acceptance, but the following and exploration in terms of where musicians take these genres has never shined brighter as it has in the current Read more […]

Dissimulator – A Lower Form of Resistance

Not very often you hear bands in 2024 willing to tackle an advanced form of technical thrash while also injecting a bit of death, avant-garde angular aspect to their sound. That’s what you’ll hear Read more […]

Domination Campaign – Launching the Storm of Steel

A side project established by Psycroptic members Jason Peppiatt and Joe Haley, Domination Campaign explores older pure death metal influences through their style of tones, songwriting, plus war-inspired Read more […]

Lord Dying – Nothing Is Everything

Photo: Neil DaCosta Continually evolving from record to record, Lord Dying can’t be merely categorized as a sludge metal outfit. Aspects of psychedelia, progressive rock, all the way through to stoner Read more […]

Metalite – New Expeditions

Having made a name for themselves in the modern metal community with their commitment to merging power metal glory, cinematic gravitas, and elements of electropop, Metalite have become a force to be reckoned Read more […]

Rome In Monochrome – Pushing Ego Out of the Equation

Italian sextet Rome In Monochrome embraces a wide array of influences when it comes to their style. Dubbing themselves ‘ghost metal’, listeners can expect everything from post rock, alternative to Read more […]

Exit Eden – Breaking the Mold

Debuting in 2017 with an album of pop-turned-metal covers in Rhapsodies in Black, and composed of all-star vocalists from the symphonic and modern metal scenes, Exit Eden hit the ground running. But when Read more […]

Daniel Barkasi Best-of 2023

Pictured above: Myself with one of our kittens, Akasha, who’s absolutely mad in the best way. Another year that blasted by very quickly, and here we are, with another year end list. What a crazy year Read more […]

Striker – Rev Up With Ultrapower

The heavy, power, and traditional melodic metal landscape is in great shape thanks to bands like Striker producing high quality songwriting year after year. These Canadians continue to explore horizons Read more […]

Hyloxalus – Stare Into the Black Hole

Photo: Charis Windrim We at Dead Rhetoric love to cover as many artists as we can, in diverse genres no matter if they have a major label / distribution support on down to those climbing the ranks on Read more […]

Everdawn – Seek the Silver Lining

Residing on the East Coast of the USA in New Jersey, Everdawn displays an intriguing blend of sounds and approaches going into their latest studio album Venera. The fourteen songs contain elements of AOR, Read more […]

Selected Singles – December 2023

With the way that people consume music changing, alongside the way that groups release music in smaller packages (EPs, singles), it seemed like the right idea to start looking at ways to cover those releases Read more […]

Hitten – Making Passion Last

Together now for well over a decade, Spain’s Hitten have developed a sound that incorporates a host of classic heavy metal and melodic hard rock influences – along with power and speed elements – Read more […]

Katarina McGinn Best-of 2023

Despite some small personal health setbacks at a few points, 2023 felt like the year of ‘getting back to normalcy,’ for me at least. Getting back into the double-digits for live shows over the course Read more […]

David E. Gehlke Best-of 2023

The intrepid Matt Coe recently shared the factoid that this site has eclipsed 18,000 posts. Dead Rhetoric was launched ten years ago with Mr. Coe under the premise of delivering a healthy dose of insightful Read more […]

Axenstar – Victorious Symphony

Fortunate to access promos from this Swedish power metal outfit since the start through their debut album from 2001 Perpetual Twilight, Axenstar arrives strong as ever for their eighth studio platter for Read more […]

High Spirits – Investigate the Other Side

Almost fifteen years running, Chicago-based act High Spirits continues to resonate to those who love classic hard rock/heavy metal done from a passionate, purity perspective. It’s all about catchiness Read more […]

Gama Bomb – Exploring New Adventures

Photo: Emmett Moore Veterans of incorporating pop culture, movie, and society topics with a sense of humor over an addictive brand of thrash metal, Gama Bomb through their latest album BATS explore Read more […]

Kaivs – Decisively Carving Forward

Death metal is one of the most enduring styles of metal, and has continued to evolve and inspire a plethora of new acts to carry the torch forward. From the avant-garde to the classic, and everything in Read more […]

Earthside – Turning Challenges into Opportunity

In the blink and you’ll miss it mentality of today, some bands continue to buck the trends and double down on their own vision. Earthside is a symphonic and progressive entity that first debuted back in Read more […]

Cobra Spell – Rebellious Empowerment

Photo: Raquel Garcia Now elevating the 80’s hard rock/metal sound, style, and imagery to a modern audience, Cobra Spell feel invigorated in this all-female lineup for their debut full-length 666. Read more […]

Satan’s Fall – On a Destructive Destination

Photo: Toni Salminen Probably paying homage to Mercyful Fate in moniker, Finnish act Satan’s Fall delivers a classic heavy/speed metal style chock full of addictive axe chords, pounding rhythm section Read more […]

Hinayana – Beauty Within Aggression

Photo: Jackie Schutza Continually developing their brand of melodic death metal with modern and doom touches, Texas’ Hinayana arrive at a pinnacle moment in their career for the latest album Shatter Read more […]

Isiliel – Living for Tomorrow

Himari Tsukishiro has spent nearly a decade as an idol in Japan. She wasn’t one to dream about being an idol growing up, but came across it when mulling over what she wanted to do with her life. “I Read more […]

A Dark Reborn – Circling the Last Echo

Always on the prowl for new artists at this site that explore our favorite genres, A Dark Reborn is melodic death metal band from Spain that also inject a mix of modern, pop, and alternative influences Read more […]

Michael Catton – Testament to Talent

Finally venturing into a solo career after establishing himself as a premiere vocalist with the Danish heavy rock act Tainted Lady, singer Michael Catton surrounded himself with a great set of musicians Read more […]

Angra – Evolution in Cycles

Photo: Marco Hermes When it comes to developing a unique brand of melodic power/progressive metal, no one can dispute the impact of Angra on a global scale. Making a strong impact out of the gate through Read more […]