Album Review: Farer — “Monad”

Every so often, an album comes around that seems hell bent on breaking all the rules.  Metal is no stranger to this, and even in a genre where the rules are played exceptionally fast and loose, we’ve seen lots of innovation in arrangement, songwriting and instrumentation.  Sometimes this innovation is simply doing what’s least expected for its own sake, but sometimes it comes from a place that is truly inspired, seemingly beamed into the world as an already conceived idea flowing out of a human vessel.  Enter Farer and their truly unique debut Monad.

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Rainbows in the Dark: Wudewuse — “Northern Gothic”

I think what we can all agree on is that there just aren’t enough troubadours in the world today.  At what point did we, as a society, decide that travelling minstrels weren’t cool or acceptable anymore?  Why aren’t there entertainers regaling me and my compatriots with song and merriment as we feast and dance?  If this is something that is causing stress in your life, fear not.  Wudewuse, the forest boys themselves, are back with Northern Gothic, a celebration of the nature and the landscape of Northern Norway, old school rock, deep and contemplative moods, and the bardic spirit.

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Album Review: Of Feather and Bone — “Sulphuric Disintegration”

Of Feather and Bone - Sulfuric Disintegration

So, I slept on Bestial Hymns of Perversion.  I was definitely aware of all the hype around it, and it wasn’t like I had anything against it, but I just never got a solid listen in.  It should have been the highest priority for me, given that it’s everything I love about death metal, but it just never quite happened.  Now I find myself scrambling to catch up to the hype train Of Feather and Bone are currently riding, because Sulphuric Disintegration is about to surpass everything they have done before this point.  Don’t make the same mistake I did.

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Album Review: Sólstafir — Endless Twilight of Codependent Love

The one thing that has been the most consistent about the almost quarter of a century long career of Icelandic giants Sólstafir is their inconsistency.  Certainly not in terms of quality, but in their sound. There’s always been a strong tendency to break any semblance of genre rules and regulations and do whatever their hearts desire.  This has led them through the labels of black metal, post rock, grunge, art rock and more. But to them, they’ve always just done their own thing, and on their newest effort Endless Twilight of Codependent Love, they’re even harder to pin down.

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Rainbows in the Dark: October Falls — “Syys”

Okay, so I cheated a little bit with this one.  October Falls are not what anyone in their right mind would classify as “non-metal” but they are incredible, I will jump at the chance to review them anytime I can, and they have always had a way with mixing surprising elements into their brand of nature-inspired black metal. It seems that they are going to keep to that trend, and maybe throw some surprises out there, with their latest release, the all-acoustic Syys, which is also their second full-length release of this year.  See? That’s my rationale.

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