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Nicklas Sonne – Truth in Resonance

Best known for his work in the Danish progressive metal act Defecto, Nicklas Sonne felt the time is right to deliver a solo album of material in Resonance that carries a different level of creative diversity Read more […]

Warkings – Quest for the Dark Sorceress

Wasting no time creating another record, international power metal band Warkings bring a sense of reverie, strong imagery, heralding ancient warrior times through their material. Morgana is the fourth Read more […]

Iron Allies – Union in Steel

Respectful admiration for their body of work over the years led to a new metal band featuring vocalist David Reece and guitarist Herman Frank with Iron Allies. Both part of the Accept family during various Read more […]

Munroe’s Thunder – Darkness, Betrayal, and Bravery

Back in 2014 this writer had the great opportunity to speak with ex-Metal Church vocalist Ronny Munroe about his latest solo album at the time, Electric Wake. Years in the making, we find the opportunity Read more […]

Rhythm of Fear – Architects of Pain

It’s exciting to hear younger artists taking a wide range of influences across the thrash, hardcore, crossover spectrum beyond the 80’s to develop newer material with their own twist on things. Florida’s Read more […]

Borealis – Escape from Reality

When it comes to versatility within the power/progressive metal landscape, those hungry for a younger act creating addictive material, look no further than Canada’s Borealis to fill that need. Their Read more […]

No Return – Relentless Requiem

Stalwarts of the French death/thrash scene, No Return embraces a take no prisoners assault on the senses through their decades of records and performances. Their eleventh studio album Requiem continues Read more […]

After All – A New Beginning

Starting in the late 80’s, Belgian act After All have been delivering a brand of speed/thrash metal that contains solid melodic hooks plus interesting riffs, songwriting, and overall musicianship-oriented Read more […]

Behind Your Fear – Embrace the New Ways

Many longtime music fans probably remember the sultry voice of Stefanie Duchene during her time in the late 90’s/early 2000’s with German gothic metal act Flowing Tears. She’s now back on the scene, Read more […]

Queensrÿche – Peaks and Valleys

Veterans of heavy metal, Queensrÿche strives to move forward with new records that celebrate the passion they have for their artistry. Digital Noise Alliance is the group’s sixteenth studio record – Read more […]

September 2022 Rapid Fires

The September 2022 edition of Rapid Fires, our short review column, boasts the usual array of the underground’s finest. Up for review this month is Dark Forest, Evermore, Hartmann, Infidel Rising, Power Read more […]

Kill Division – Peace in the Court of Public Opinion

This four-piece group contains well known players to those familiar with the extreme metal landscape. Ties to Gruesome, Megadeth, Venom Inc., plus work in the past with Malevolent Creation shouldn’t Read more […]

Allen / Olzon – Diamonds in the Rough

The days of artists only sticking to one musical outlet for their entire career rarely exists – especially if you want to remain relevant plus pay the bills as a working musician in today’s society. Read more […]

Trauma – Another Awakening

Best known for Metallica plucking their bass player Cliff Burton to join their group, Trauma would go on to release a debut album Scratch and Scream on Shrapnel Records plus get the chance to play on bills Read more […]

Splintered Throne – Beware of the Reaper

Excelling at a traditional form of heavy metal with classic and power influences from the 70’s/80’s, Oregon’s Splintered Throne perform in a comfort zone based on a style they were exposed to during Read more […]

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 […]