Illyrian – Crushing Dark Souls

Evolving out of the ashes of Hellborn Death Engines in 2015 into Illyrian, this Canadian act from Calgary infuses a thrash platform with some intricate progressive, groove, and death inflections. Previously Read more […]

Ad Infinitum – Chapter II: Legacy (Napalm)

Given what COVID has done to touring, it’s no surprise that some newer acts are wasting no time in delivering a new album – even when they haven’t been able to properly tour for their debut efforts.  Read more […]

Gus G. – Quantum Leap (AFM Records)

Proficient while executing tremendous vision and focus a multitude of ways, Gus G. has excelled at the art of the guitar – becoming a permanent fixture in the power metal scene as well as elevating his Read more […]

Illyrian – Aegis (Self-Released)

Expanding to a quartet over the course of their last album The Entity, Unknown and this follow up EP Aegis, Illyrian remains resolute in pushing a combustible musical cocktail of modern thrash and death Read more […]

Plush – Plush (Pavement)

Truth be told, much of the modern rock of today seems to tap from the same common vein.  It feels generic and overdone, working off of a safe and comfortable palate that’s there to ensure ‘big successes.’  Read more […]

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 […]

September 2021 Album of the Month – Unto Others’ Strength

There were a lot of massive (and excellent) releases last month, no matter your taste in metal.  In our very close race though, the much favored Unto Others managed to capture the top spot, much like 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 […]

Song Stream: Cutterred Flesh’s “Knife is Not the Enemy”

We are always up for some brutal death metal here at DR, therefore when the offer came up to host a new track from Czech act Cutterred Flesh, we were all ears.  “Knife is Not the Enemy” comes from the 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 […]

The Agonist – Fragile Extremity

With a stream of high-quality releases, The Agonist has been known for a while to be an act that’s tough to pigeonhole.  For all of their extremity and musicianship, there’s a certain level of grace 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 […]

Heirs of Isildur CDs + Goodies!

We are stoked to be giving away some CDs, a patch, wooden logo sticker and comic book from Floridian epic folk metallers Heirs of Isildur. Here’s what one (1) winner will come away with: • Heirs of Read more […]

Cognizance – Upheaving Brutality

A band that really took the time to build themselves up over the years, Cognizance released a number of short EPs and singles before jumping into full-length waters.  That said, they recently released 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 […]

Wage War – Going Manic

Florida act Wage War has been raising their own particular flag of metalcore for over a decade at this point.  Their newest album, the recently released Manic, isn’t afraid of stepping out of the genre 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 […]

Crisix – Enjoy a Slice

Continually impressing audiences with their brand of thrash since their start in 2008, Spain’s Crisix have been climbing up the ranks through their energetic records and powerful live presence. During Read more […]