Rainbows in the Dark: Frank Turner’s “Be More Kind”

Frank Turner Be More Kind album art

I know, I know. I’m writing about something that isn’t metal — what a shocker. At this point, me writing about not-metal is like Willem Dafoe playing a crazy person in a movie, or LeBron James going HAM in the playoffs — like, why would you expect anything else? Well, yeah…so far this year, metal as a whole hasn’t quite done it for me yet. (With some exceptions, of course.) But you know what has done it for me? This new Frank Turner album, Be More Kind, which dropped on Friday. So, let’s jump in. Continue reading

Rainbows in the Dark: BANG – “The Best of BANG”

bang - best of bang

While Black Sabbath were setting the very bones of what we’ve come to define as heavy metal music, there were a slew of other bands in the late 60s and early 70s playing righteously heavy music.  Mixing boogie, psychedelia and straight ahead rock in the vein of bands like Cream and Blue Cheer. Bang, for a time, were set to be the Next Big Thing, even opening for Sabbath.  Their self titled 1972 debut was a powerhouse of tight, adventurous hard rock but, as is evident on Ripple Music’s recent compilation The Best of BANG, there was a lot more to the band than a couple hard licks and a footnote in the annals of metal.  Bang were a dead on, kick ass rocking unit.   Continue reading

Rainbows in the Dark: Ulvesang – “The Hunt”

Ulvesang - The Hunt

Welcome back to Rainbows in the Dark, our section devoted to covering all that which lies adjacent to or outside the realm of heavy metal.  Today, I’m extremely excited to bring you my thoughts on an album that has been captivating me for weeks now: Ulvesang‘s The Hunt, a brilliant and moving work of dark folk music. Continue reading

Rainbows in the Dark: The Dark Red Seed – “Stands With Death”

the dark red seed - stands with death

I know normally in this column I’ve been talking about ambient releases, but we use Rainbows in the Dark to explore any kind of music that gets heavy without falling into “metal” territory.  One of the more exciting (at least for me) musical trends in the United States is an emergence of bands that take traditional Americana song structures and styling and add in flairs of gothic darkness.  Acts like Wovenhand and King Dude have gotten the attention of the populace at large, and now set to join those ranks is Portland, OR’s The Dark Red Seed with their debut EP Stands With Death.
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Rainbows in the Dark: Tanner Garza + Funeral Parlor – “Dark Days”

Tanner Garza Funeral Party Dark Days

Welcome to another edition of Rainbows in the Dark, the column where we talk about things that we love that don’t fall under the metal umbrella.  Rest assured that the album we will be exploring is still heavy, just a different kind of heavy.  Today brings us new sounds in the form of Dark Days, a collaboration between Texas based experimental musicians Tanner Garza and Funeral Parlor.   Continue reading