Rainbows in the Dark: Baby Birds — “An Olive Branch Wrapped in Barbed Wire”

Did you miss us?  We missed you.  I guess I’m going by “we” now, which may be the result of the time-space distortion that seems to be the norm for most of us, but the important thing is that Rainbows is back from an unanticipated leave, and we’ve got more post-punk/noise rock goodness for you courtesy of Houston, Texas, newcomers Baby Birds and their debut offering An Olive Branch Wrapped in Barbed Wire, which turns out to be anything but the typical post-punk affair.  It’s Rainbows in the Dark, bringing you the best of all things non-metal and metal-adjacent. Continue reading

Rainbows in the Dark: The O’Reillys and The Paddyhats — “Dogs on the Leash”

It’s been a long time coming for the fourth album from Germany’s The O’Reillys and The PaddyhatsDogs on the Leash was supposed to be out months ago, but due to circumstances outside the band’s control (do I even need to say it at this point?), the release of the record was delayed until now.  As I’ve mentioned before, I have a soft spot in my heart for Irish flavored punk rock, so I’ve had my eyes on this one for a while.  It’s Rainbows in the Dark, featuring the best of all things non-metal and metal-adjacent. Continue reading

Rainbows in the Dark: Ötzi — “Storm”

Post-punk is a genre that I’ve loved since before I knew what it was called, from back when my mom would play The Cure for me, to when I went through the obligatory Joy Division phase circa high school, to today, when a groovy bassline, chorused guitar and four-on-the-floor beat is enough to stir my soul.  Ötzi are a band that can take all the classic trappings of post-punk and throw them headfirst into the modern era with a healthy dose of radical attitude as they do on Storm.  This is Rainbows in the Dark, featuring the best of all things non-metal and metal adjacent. Continue reading

Rainbows in the Dark: Colossloth — “Plague Alone”

Oh hey, didn’t see you there.  We took a week away from the nonmetal side of things, hope you didn’t miss us too much.  To make up for it, I subjected myself to another album that breaks new ground for me.  While I am somewhat versed in the poppier side of electronic music, drone acts like England’s Colossloth rarely cross my radar.  Still, something in my gut told me I should give Plague Alone a shot, and I’m never one to distrust my guts.  This is Rainbows in the Dark, featuring the best of all things non-metal and metal adjacent. Continue reading

Rainbows in the Dark: Emile — “The Black Spider/Det Kollektive Selvmord”

Sometimes what you want out of an album is to take you back to a simpler time.  It’s not like we’re living in the most ideal timeline right now, but even without current events being what they are, it’s nice to be taken back to when things were different, even if that time was 25 to 30 years before you were born.  Emile’s singer/songwriter debut The Black Spider/Det Kollektive Selvmord does just that in spades.  This is Rainbows in the Dark, featuring the best of all things non-metal and metal-adjacent. Continue reading