ProgPower USA XXII – Day 2 – September 7, 2023 – Center Stage Theater, Atlanta, GA

If you’ve missed the Day 1 recap, please check it out here. After a good night’s sleep, we felt rested and ready for another day of fun and metal (which is basically the same thing). Before the Read more […]

Nervosa – Jailbreak (Napalm Records)

The implosion of any band lineup can take a toll mentally as well as physically. To survive this happening twice over the past five years could be catastrophic for most – but not in the case of Prika Read more […]

Sinnery – Below the Summit (Exitus Stratagem Records)

Smartly following up last year’s great Black Bile album, Israeli band Sinnery serve listeners a five-track EP in Below the Summit. There’s a sense of urgency tempered with finesse, sophistication, Read more […]

Sodomisery – Mazzaroth (Testimony Records)

The name Sodomisery ringed a slight bell when the wife mentioned that their new album would be right up my alley. Maybe the name being an odd and interesting play on words was what stuck in the brain. Read more […]

Deathblow – Rotten Trajectory (Sewer Mouth Records)

Although there are plenty of Deathblows across the globe of the death, gothic, or doom variety, this specific Deathblow hails from Salt Lake City, Utah. Originally formed as a cover band, they changed Read more […]

Uada – Crepuscule Natura (Eisenwald)

When it comes to workhorse bands in the black metal scene, it’s hard to out hustle Portland’s Uada. Constantly touring with diverse packages, these fellows have managed to grow their following exponentially. Read more […]

Night in Gales – The Black Stream (Apostasy Records)

Within melodic death metal circles, those truly in the know have Night in Gales near the top of the most influential and finest of the many acts the genre has to offer. Nary setting a foot in the wrong Read more […]

Primordial – The End Is Near

Photo: Fergal Flannery With over thirty years invested as a group, Irish veterans Primordial are a reliable force when it comes to Celtic folk/black metal. Epic songwriting, cultural aural tapestry, Read more […]

Electric Callboy – September 15, 2023 – Palladium Times Square, New York, NY

You know what metal shows need more of? FUN! With a very firm history of extreme music concerts in my backpocket, which I absolutely love, increasingly over the last few years I’ve longed for something Read more […]

Cannibal Corpse – Chaos Horrific (Metal Blade Records)

One of the premiere acts in the death metal genre, Cannibal Corpse didn’t neglect the time away from the stage when locked away working on their previous record Violence Unimagined from 2021. Instead, Read more […]

Terra Builder – Solar Temple (Transcending Obscurity)

Who doesn’t love unfiltered aural onslaughts that overwhelm and leave complete annihilation in their wake? Swifties, perhaps? Pay no mind to that nonsense; what we have here may make their eardrums collapse Read more […]

Blackbriar – A Dark Euphony (Nuclear Blast)

Of all the acts that weren’t getting signed over the last decade, Blackbriar certainly stood up as one of the most consistently headscratching. A beautiful, gothic-drenched symphony that dreamt up whimsical Read more […]

ProgPower USA XXII – Day 1 – September 6, 2023 – Center Stage Theater, Atlanta, GA

If somehow you are unfamiliar with ProgPower USA, let me give you a quick rundown of this amazing festival. The United States is not really known for our metal festivals, but we do have some that are very Read more […]

Song Premier: Terra Builder’s ‘Solar Temple’

Excitement abound with another exclusive song premier here on Dead Rhetoric! This time, we’ve got a fresh track from the debuting death/grind powerhouse Terra Builder titled “Solar Temple,” which Read more […]

Broken By the Scream – Whitewater Park (Tokuma Japan Communications)

One of the most intriguing oddities from the Japanese metal scene in the last decade, Broken by the Scream launched in 2016 and have three full-length albums to their credit, not to mention a few EPs, Read more […]

Kerrigan – Bloodmoon (High Roller Records)

It’s always interesting to look at the origins of new bands, as they sprout up in so many different ways. In the case of German act Kerrigan, the duo behind the instruments/vocals already had another Read more […]

Mercenary – Soundtrack for the End Times (NoiseArt Records)

Sometimes it takes a lot of patience to be a metal fan. Some bands may dole out new songs on the regular, but sometimes you might just have wait…and wait…and wait some more. Such is the case for fans Read more […]

Song Premier: Dyssebeia’s ‘Sacrificed on the Threshold’

We’ve got a big song premier that’ll take a lot of you fine folks pleasantly by surprise. Debuting exclusively at Dead Rhetoric is the latest song by the brand new Swiss progressive blackened melodic Read more […]

Farscape – Purged and Forgotten (Dying Victims Productions)

Ten years beyond this Brazilian quartet’s last studio outing, Farscape returns with the appropriately titled Purged and Forgotten as they probably seem like an outside, looking in underground act when Read more […]

Never Obey Again – The End of An Era (Scarlet Records)

Modern metal has taken on influences from a broad range of styles – bringing acts like Spiritbox and In This Moment to healthy headlining status as the next generation to keep the movement alive. Newcomers Read more […]

Death Dealer Union – Initiation (Napalm)

When you hear a band that settles into the ‘modern metal’ category, there are certain things you expect. Leave it to freshly minted Death Dealer Union to manage to subvert those expectations by bringing Read more […]