Reviews

Blood Red Throne – Imperial Congregation (Nuclear Blast)

Not very often in the metal community do you find a veteran death metal outfit like Blood Red Throne moving up the ranks to Nuclear Blast with their tenth studio record. Yet here we are at that precipice Read more […]

Livlos – And Then There Were None (Napalm)

One style of music that all of us at Dead Rhetoric can usually agree upon is that of melodic death metal.  Particularly when it reaches further into the deathly, old school side (as opposed to the more Read more […]

Black Rose – Game of Souls (Sleaszy Rider Records)

A part of the Swedish hard rock/metal movement since 1990, Black Rose arrives at their seventh album for Game of Souls. Delivering a sound that contains a host of European/American influences that cross Read more […]

Massacre – Resurgence (Nuclear Blast)

Massacre, most well known for their 1991 full-length debut in From Beyond, have gone through a bounty of musicians over the years despite having only 3 full-lengths prior to Resurgence.  But this album Read more […]

Kryptos – Force of Danger (AFM Records)

Racing rhythms, simplified choruses, supreme tempo control – an all for one mentality towards the cause of heavy metal. Arising out of the India scene, Kryptos now can be seen as a reliable act on the Read more […]

Catalyst Crime – Catalyst Crime (Massacre Records)

An international assembly of some significant forces within the metal world, Catalyst Crime has been brewing and bubbling up behind the works for the past few years at this point.  With drummer Gerit Read more […]

Eternal Flight – SurVive (Metalapolis Records)

Aware of vocalist Gérard Fois through his previous work in the French power/progressive metal act Dream Child, who released two albums in the late 1990’s, Eternal Flight has been his main band since Read more […]

Persona – Animal (Self-Released)

Some bands start to run into a trend of simply following what came before them by the time of their third full-length – they have established a sound and are sticking to it.  Not the case for Persona, Read more […]

Black Sites – Untrue (Self-Released)

Containing members from the Midwest with experience in the studio and on stage for acts like Novembers Doom, Abigail Williams, High Spirits, and Glacier among others, Black Sites are a trio active since Read more […]

Paradox – Heresy II: End of A Legend (AFM Records)

Rumors abound years back when preparing for the follow up to 2012’s Tales of the Weird album that German act Paradox would release a sequel to their second record Heresy, one of their iconic records Read more […]

Invictra – Of Flesh, Steel, and Stone (Self-Released)

Much like veteran artists who chose to be creative while the world went on COVID-19 lockdown, many DIY and self-released metal bands wasted no time diving into fresh tunes, recording them, and waiting Read more […]

Reaping Asmodeia – Darkened Infinity (Prosthetic)

Modern death metal act Reaping Asmodeia have been able to design a version of extremity that doesn’t fall too far out of the box, yet successfully avoids being pigeonholed into one of our many categories Read more […]

Imaginature – Imaginature (Self-Released)

Intertwining ‘imagination’ and ‘nature’ for their moniker, Imaginature from Poland develops an interesting mix of power, progressive, and symphonic metal on this self-titled album. Between the Read more […]

The Agonist – Days Before the World Wept (Napalm)

The Agonist’s sixth full-length, Orphans, saw the band shifting back towards more technical and musically complex waters after some increased dabbling in melody on Five.  Days Before the World Wept Read more […]

Wraith – Undo the Chains (Redefining Darkness Records)

Quickly establishing a presence through a series of EP’s and albums since their 2016 beginnings, Wraith lives for an early, non-compromising thrash sound that devastates. Expanding their lineup from Read more […]

Rage – Resurrection Day (Steamhammer/SPV)

Establishing their trade in the heavy/power/speed metal scene since the 1980’s, German act Rage have expanded back into a quartet lineup for their latest record Resurrection Day – a first since 1999’s Read more […]

Demolizer – Upgrade (Mighty Music)

Choosing to stay relevant after the success of their debut album Thrashmageddon, Demolizer from Denmark reaches back into the archives and puts a newer spin on old material for this Upgrade EP. Consisting Read more […]

Sceptor – Rise to the Light (Pure Steel Records)

A cross continental band with members from the US and Germany, Sceptor originally developed from 2009 to 2014, releasing a single and debut album Take Command! during that run. Reforming in 2019, they Read more […]

Aeon – God Ends Here (Metal Blade)

Swedish death metal act Aeon has been away from the scene for a bit.  Their last album was 2012’s Aeon Black, so to say that there’s been a continual uptick in death metal acts would be an understatement.  Read more […]

Thy Row – Unchained (Rockshots Records)

Containing members across Finland with experience in the power, symphonic, and melodic death/extreme metal fields, Thy Row hone in on a more melodic metal cocktail of influences for this debut album Unchained. Read more […]

Infrared – From the Black Swamp (Self-Released)

Done raiding the songwriting coffers from the past, Canadian act Infrared develops a new hard-hitting twelve-song album for From the Black Swamp. Touching on personal trials and tribulations that have Read more […]

The Breathing Process – Labyrinthian (Unique Leader)

Long-time purveyors of blackened deathcore, The Breathing Process are one of the first acts that attempted said merger with the release of In Waking: Divinity back in 2007.  Labyrinthian is their fourth Read more […]

Trivium – In the Court of the Dragon (Roadrunner)

Seemingly poised to outdo their last album with each new release lately, Trivium returns after last year’s What the Dead Men Say with their tenth full-length in the form of In the Court of the Dragon.  Read more […]

Second Reign – Gravity (Massacre Records)

Original plans for a few single releases to get live shows transformed over the next sixteen months into a debut full-length album for Swiss band Second Reign. Forced to record Gravity separately due to Read more […]

Axxelerator – Heads or Tails (Allegro Talent Media)

Hard to come up with an original name these days, but there’s something special about modifying a specific English word and making it as metal as you get from Swiss act Axxelerator. Originating as Rust Read more […]

Rebel’s End – Sing to the Devil (Pure Steel Records)

Belgian act Rebel’s End since 2016 have been a healthy export of melodic hard rock/metal – the type that has a lot of 80’s spirit and bluesy/sleazy qualities as a prevailing method of execution on Read more […]

Wage War – Manic (Fearless Records)

What’s the key to being successful in metalcore nowadays?  For one, stop aping the ‘classics’ provided to us by bands like Killswitch, Unearth, and the like.  Two, put a diverse spin on things, Read more […]

Whyzdom – Of Wonders and Wars (Scarlet Records)

Receiving below average reviews over the course of the last three albums between scribes on this site, French symphonic metal act Whyzdom return for their fifth album on Of Wonders and Wars with skepticism Read more […]

Brainstorm – Wall of Skulls (AFM Records)

Fixtures in the German metal scene for decades, Brainstorm have a large discography that has made the quintet reliable on the recording and touring/festival circuit. Hitting their 13th album for Wall of Read more […]

Signs of the Swarm – Absolvere (Unique Leader)

Signs of the Swarm’s last album, 2019’s Vital Deprivation, was a marked improvement from the band’s more generic breakdown and chug-riff happy past.  Now emerging as a 3-piece, the band’s latest Read more […]

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