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: 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

Second Circle: Spirit Adrift and Kneel

Second Circle

Heavy is a state of mind and today’s Second Circle is a tale of heavy from two different ends of the spectrum. Spirit Adrift’s Enlightened In Eternity is a tale of modern day, straightforward heavy metal and Kneel’s Ailment is a tale of jagged heavy that comes out of society’s current level of pain and anguish. This piece aims to find the common ground between two albums and this common ground is the ‘heavy’ but these are vastly different albums from vastly different corners of the universe. So, without further ado, let’s discuss.

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Rainbows in the Dark: Hagathorn — “Hartworld”

I’ll be honest here: I’m feeling a little burned out on heavy music as of late.  Not that there hasn’t been a long list of stellar heavy releases this year, not that I’ll never go back to it, but I just feel tired of loud and aggressive when everything outside the music world is almost unbearably loud and aggressive.  I need a break, something that does a better job of helping me escape and take my mind away to a better, more peaceful place.  Enter Hagathorn and their debut release Hartworld, which rings incredibly close to what I need.

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Album Review: Inferi — “Of Sunless Realms”

2020 is a year that, as we know, is chock full of surprises, and it seems that the overwhelming majority of them are of the unpleasant variety.  It seems that all we can do to keep sanity and optimism hanging around is to do for each other and look out for the ones who are in it the deepest, not the least of which are the artists and musicians among us.  While not a complete surprise, tech-death darlings Inferi have decided to give back and spread some good vibrations with the release of their impromptu EP Of Sunless Realms.

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