Rainbows in the Dark: RÏCÏNN — “Nereïd”

We do love exploring the transcendent and slightly out-there here on Rainbows, but that has always been the draw of this column.  I’m always looking for something that no one else is doing, and with RÏCÏNN I have definitely found that.  The project’s debut album Nereïd is a successful amalgamation of the widest variety of influences, and it manages to take much of what you know and expect about how music is crafted and turn it completely on its head.  It’s equal parts strange, ambitious, and breathtaking, and it’s guaranteed to be unlike anything you’ve ever heard.

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Album Review: Pallbearer — “Forgotten Days”

Pallbearer - Forgotten Days

In this house we respect Pallbearer.  Pallbearer is one of our favorite bands that we have enjoyed since their debut.  When we saw that the Nine Circles inbox was blessed with the latest from the band, Forgotten Days, we decided to co-author a review instead of fighting each other to the death for who would do the honor.  We decided to sit down and listen to the album and write this review together as a singular cohesive piece.

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Rainbows in the Dark: History — “History”

History is a band that doesn’t exist,” reads the bio.  While that may seem like a pretty cryptic way to sell the post-punk duo, the truth is pretty damn close to that.  History’s history, if you’ll pardon the expression, is full of a multitude of reasons why they shouldn’t exist, not the least of which is the almost ten-year gap between when their self-titled debut was recorded and when it finally got to see the light of day.  Regardless of how or why, the important thing is it’s here and it feels like it came not a moment too soon.

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Album Review: Helion Prime — “Question Everything”

Helion Prime - Question Everything cover

We’ve been doing a fair bit of talking about dinosaurs on this website as of late, so perhaps the only logical place to go from there is dinosaurs…IN SPACE.  Well, sort of.  You see, while Marc Whisnant’s incredibly kick-ass cover art for Helion Prime‘s newest release Question Everything draws you in with the promise of giant cybernetic alien sauropods, the album itself deals with subject matter that is arguably more kick-ass than even that could be.  What’s cooler than dinosaurs in space, you ask?  Let me explain.  Continue reading

Album Review: Wayfarer — “A Romance with Violence”

I’m proud to say that I’ve been a fan of Wayfarer for quite a while now, ever since a buddy put me on to Children of the Iron Age what feels like forever ago.  I remember when I first heard them, I could tell that there was something that set them apart from the competition, but I couldn’t quite put my finger on what it was.  Now, after following them along their meteoric rise, it’s apparent that their special something is a gift for storytelling and songwriting, and their latest A Romance with Violence sees them at their absolute peak.

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