Rainbows in the Dark: Forndom — “Faþir”

It’s been a really good week for me on the “I get to review awesome albums” front.  I’m still reeling from Aara’s new release and next week is going to feature some bangers as well.  Your boy is truly blessed, and even though you might be looking at this page and saying “oh my god, not another folk album,” please know that Forndom’s Faþir isn’t your average folk album and also, you’re not my real mom and I don’t care.  It rules. It’s time for Rainbows in the Dark, featuring the best of all things non-metal and metal-adjacent. Continue reading

Album Review: Duende en la Penumbra — “That Same Evergreen I Love So Well, Despite the Way Its Shadows Make Me Sad”

Blast beats to melancholy drumming, tremolo picking to soft folk guitar—top it off with poetic lyrics in different languages growled, sung, and spoken, wrap it all up in a beautifully illustrated package and you get That Same Evergreen I Love So Well, Despite the Way Its Shadows Make Me Sad.  The talented NYC duo Duende en la Penumbra brings plenty to the table in this debut album.  Their unique blend of genres (black metal, folk, progressive metal, electronic, to name a few) and blend of languages (English, French, Spanish) create something intriguing and ever-changing. Continue reading

Album Review: Aara — “En Ergô Einai”

Folks, it has been a LONG wait for this one.  I can’t tell you how much I’ve anticipated this review ever since “Arkanum” debuted over at No Clean Singing.  I have not been floored by a track like that in a good while, and I think I grabbed the full promo the minute it was available.  After having about six weeks to sit with it, I have only gotten more psyched up to talk about what almost assuredly will be in my top releases for the year, Aara’s sophomore album En Ergô Einai. Continue reading

Rainbows in the Dark: Lord Buffalo — “Tohu Wa Bohu”

It’s Sunday, so it must be time for me to review another folk album.  I feel like that is most of what I do here but I’m also fine with that.  Outside of metal, folk is what I listen to the most, so naturally I’m going to gravitate towards that, given the chance.  Sometimes, I even get a chance to talk about an album that shamelessly straddles the gap between the two genres, which is exactly what Lord Buffalo’s new LP Tohu Wa Bohu does.  This is Rainbows in the Dark, featuring the best of all things non-metal and metal-adjacent. Continue reading

Album Review: Chrome Ghost — “The Diving Bell”

Wherever you are, whatever your situation is, I hope you’re well and safe.  It’s not ideal times, but I’m looking on the bright side by taking advantage of good tunes and a lot of extra time to listen to them.  One album that I’ve been really excited to dive into is Chrome Ghost’s sophomore full-length The Diving Bell.  Although digitally released last November, the album is getting a physical release via Seeing Red Records.  Whether you’re already a fan or you’re just hearing about it now, do yourself a favor and get the vinyl of this one.  You’re worth it. Continue reading