Skull & Crossbones – Under Tyrant’s Rule

Photo: Michael Vetter The power, the strength, the might of Teutonic heavy metal. It’s been a part of the genre for decades – no matter what feels trendy, there’s nothing quite like the sound 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 […]

Mercenary – Forward Momentum in the End Times

Photo: Lucas Peter Bunk When it comes to a strong musical blend of melodic death, groove, and power metal, Mercenary seem to check all the boxes of creative flow throughout their long history. Even Read more […]

Thorn – Evergloom (Transcending Obscurity)

The year of death/doom continues on, friends. This time around, the featured act is Arizona’s Thorn; the solo project of Brennen Westermeyer, who also plies his trade in the grindcore arena with the Read more […]

Gory Blister – Reborn from Hatred (Eclipse Records)

Active since 1991, Italian technical death metal trio Gory Blister show no signs of deceleration when it comes to musically enticing material for this latest album Reborn from Hatred. Receiving stellar Read more […]

Wormhole – Almost Human (Season of Mist)

Continuing to gurgle along through sci-fi soundscapes that insidiously blur the lines between technical and slamming death metal, Wormhole have reached their third full-length offering with Almost Human Read more […]

XFEARS – Investment in Change

This scribe has been an ardent follower of progressive rock / metal since childhood really – watching the evolution of acts like Kansas, Yes, Genesis on through to Rush, Fates Warning, Queensrÿche, Read more […]

Crazy Mad Ride – Life, Liberty, Death (Sliptrick Records)

Georgia is home to strong sports teams like the Georgia bulldogs in college football as well as the Atlanta Braves for professional baseball – yet not necessarily as well known for its metal bands. Maybe Read more […]

Mortal Factor – Where To From Here? (Darkstorm Records)

Swiss band Mortal Factor began in 2003, playing over 130 shows together since their inception. Over the years they’ve issued a demo, a split release with Brazilian thrash band Hicsos, plus a full-length Read more […]

Cryptopsy – As Gomorrah Burns (Nuclear Blast)

Believe it or not, As Gomorrah Burns is the first full-length Cryptopsy album in over a decade, coming off of 2012’s self-titled effort. They kept themselves busy with the two The Book of Suffering EPs Read more […]