Album Review: Inter Arma – “Garbers Days Revisited”

Goddamn I love a good cover.  There’s something so humanizing about having a band bare their influences to the world, and whether they choose to do something that reinvents a classic or they simply let loose and jam to one of their favorites, it’s so refreshing and a much-needed break from the temptation to always put up a serious front.  Enter Inter Arma and their new covers album Garbers Days Revisited, which lets loose with a wide range of covers, inclusive of everything from Venom to Neil Young to Prince and Tom Petty, but never gives up the good-time vibes. Continue reading

Rainbows in the Dark: Aleah — “Aleah”

It’s been over four years since Aleah Stanbridge lost her battle with cancer.  She made an incredible mark on the music industry in her time, from being a featured vocalist on albums by Amorphis, Antimatter, and, of course, Swallow the Sun, to being a solo artist and a member of That Which Remains and Trees of Eternity along with Swallow the Sun’s Juha Raivio.  She was an artist, photographer, poet, musician, and an all-around great person, and as a tribute to her, Raivio spearheaded posthumously releasing an album of her solo material, simply called Aleah. Continue reading

Album Review: Convocation — “Ashes Coalesce”

 

Convocation - Ashes Coalesce

Boy it sure is doomy out here, huh?  I normally don’t push myself like this, but even though I already had an album, and a doom album at that, picked this week, I saw Convocation’s new one on our list and I knew I couldn’t let it get away from me.  Ashes Coalesce originally came recommended to me courtesy of the esteemed John Darnielle, professional mountain goat and death-doom scholar, and as soon as I saw that gleaming stamp of approval on “The Absence of Grief,” I was instantly sold.  Unsurprisingly, the rest of the album goes stupid hard. Continue reading

Album Review: Isaurian — “Chains of Blue”

Brazil’s Isaurian may have started as a way for a few members of Optical Faze to bide their time while their main project was on hiatus, but it has very rapidly grown to be so much more than that.  They’ve only been around since 2017, but they’ve already gotten to work with legends like Rhys Fulber and Justin Broadrick before they even have a debut album.  Until now, that is.  Chains of Blue is the band’s opening statement, and it sees them reach for new heights while attempting to nail down definitively what they want their sound to be. Continue reading

Rainbows in the Dark (?): Nobody — “Atmosfear”

I’ll be honest about this one; I’m not sure how well it falls under the Rainbows brand, considering it is a black metal album at its core, despite a lack of almost any instrumental resemblance to black metal.  However, Finland’s Nobody is committed to pushing the black metal scene forward by going the opposite direction of everyone else.  Instead of faster, louder and heavier, he’s adding by subtracting, leaving only…well, the Atmosfear, if you will.  And boy howdy is there nothing else out there like this.  It’s Rainbows in the Dark, bringing you whatever I feel like, at this point. Continue reading