Rainbows in the Dark: Kariti — “Covered Mirrors”

I’ve got a Slavic two-for here this week, and we’re also taking it back to what I feel has become The Basics for this column: gentle, mournful, evocative folk music, this time courtesy of the Italian-by-way-of-Russia singer/songwriter/artist Kariti and her soulful debut Covered Mirrors.  While we sometimes stretch our comfort zones in this space, I feel like what I need right now, with fall approaching and the air turning chill, is to vibe with something that is in my wheelhouse, and this album feels like a comfort pick for all the right reasons.

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Album Review: Khors — “Where the World Acquires Eternity”

It’s not every day that you run into an album that actually teaches you something.  I’m no student of history, so there’s lots for me still to learn about world events of the past, but the last place I would expect to get a lesson is an atmospheric black metal album from the depths of the Ukraine.  Still, if anyone can do it, it would be Khors, quite possibly the most influential band you’ve never heard of.  Their titanic seventh full-length release Where the World Acquires Eternity showcases not only their use of concept but also some extremely smart songwriting.

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Rainbows in the Dark: Aru — “Fighting Hatred”

We got a quick one for you today, folks.  French synthwave veteran and Lazerdiscs newcomer Aru put out a new track called Fighting Hatred that builds on the dark, dreamlike atmosphere and the French Touch style that he has been known for since he started writing synthwave songs at the tender age of fourteen.  His nostalgic brand of upbeat and ethereal pop has been featured on a number of compilations and zines and even on national TV in France.  High accolades, but it’s well deserved and it’s what drew Lazerdiscs to ARU in the first place.

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Album Review: Jupiterian — “Protosapien”

Jupiterian - Protosapien

The big cool scientific news this week is that physicists have finally been able to use gravitational waves to detect the presence of a gigantic black hole way out in the ether.  As something of an aficionado of science myself, I do think this is extremely awesome, but I’m also pretty sure there’s a simpler explanation for the disturbance of spacetime felt.  Someone was probably just listening to Protosapien, the new offering from Brazil’s Jupiterian.  Heavy doesn’t even begin to cover how profoundly this one bangs, in a way that few other doom bands have been able to achieve.

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Second Circle: The Glorious Dead and Eave

Second Circle

In Dante’s Inferno, the second circle begins the proper punishment of Hell, a place where “no thing gleams.” It is reserved for those overcome with Lust, where carnal appetites hold sway over reason. In Nine Circles, it’s where we do shorter reviews of new (ish) albums that share a common theme.

As I scanned over our list of promos and wondered what I should take for a review this week, I was put into a predicament.  Both Eave and The Glorious Dead came highly recommended, I had listened to singles from both Phantoms Made Permanent and Into Lifeless Shrines (respectively) and really enjoyed them, I’m a sucker for both of the genres these albums fall into and they’re both Bindrune releases, which is synonymous with extremely high quality in my mind.  How, then, to choose which one to review?  As a now infamous taco commercial suggests, “¿Por qué no los dos?”

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