Album Review:  DROTT — “Orcus”

Ready for something different, otherworldly, fresh and new?  Let me tell you about DROTT and this three-man band’s first full length release Orcus.  The band hails from Bergen in the west coast of Norway and is inspired by nature, superstition, and spirituality.  The album title is after Orcus, god of the underworld, punisher of broken oaths.  While this namesake brings dark themes and undertones, the feel of the album is not as heavy as one might think.  Musical style influences include metal, progressive rock, jazz, folk, classical and each influence can be detected throughout these compositions.  This makes it hard to classify the release, but I think part of the beauty of the album is that it does not NEED to be classified since it does not fit perfectly into any box and brings a little something for everyone.

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Album Review: Dawn of a Dark Age — “Le Forche Caudine”

This one’s for the history buffs out there: what do you get when you cross jazz, black metal, folk and ancient Roman history all in one Frankenstein of a project?  Dawn of a Dark Age, that’s what.  On Le Forche Caudine, the nominally one-man project expands itself once again, and digs extremely deep into territories of history that even avid historians might consider too niche to talk about.  But such is the way of things: we all have our hyper fixations, and while mine might not be ancient Roman history, I can certainly appreciate the passion of those who dig that sort of thing.

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Album Review: MONO — “Pilgrimage of the Soul”

Well, this was *supposed* to be a Rainbows that went up two days ago, but, you know, life and stuff.  Still, I would be absolutely remiss if I didn’t move things around to make time to talk about another notch in the belt of 2021 being one of the best years for post-rock in recent memory.  But then again, you probably already had an idea that a new MONO album was going to be good.  Anybody who wasn’t expecting that has probably never listened to MONO, but hey, you’ve got to start somewhere and Pilgrimage of the Soul is as good as anything they have ever done, which is to say it is utterly astonishing.

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Album Review: Unto Others — “Strength”

Unto Others - Strength

With 2019’s Mana, Unto Others (then, Idle Hands) made quite possibly the biggest splash a band could make with a debut full length. It was an amalgamation of goth, classic metal, and tragically intense lyrics that painted itself across best of lists by the truckload. On follow up Strength, there’s burning questions aplenty and, admittedly, a bit of trepidation going into it that this would merely be a part II. And really, who could blame them? However, this couldn’t be further from the truth as the band has, somehow, made a tighter, better, more focused album. 

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