Rainbows in the Dark: Urze de Lume — “Histórias de Lobos – Entre o Lume e a Escuridão”

“It was a dark and stormy night” is a clichéd opening statement to the point where it’s ironically used for laughs, but in the case of Portugal’s Urze de Lume and their new album Histórias de Lobos – Entre o Lume e a Escuridão, it is actually a dark and stormy night that opens the dark folk/soundscape tapestry, building up a world inhabited and guarded by noble and enigmatic wolves and the people that lived to tell about their experiences with them.  This is Rainbows in the Dark, bringing you the best of all things non-metal and metal-adjacent. Continue reading

Album Review: The Dark Red Seed – “Becomes Awake”

The Dark Red Seed - Becomes Awake

Occupying a space somewhere in the dark corners of psychedelia and the snake charming swagger of dark folk lay the heart and bones of The Dark Red Seed, the duo comprised of King Dude guitarist Tosten Larson and engineer Shawn Flemming.  Where King Dude travels the sonic highways of neon bars and the squalor of dim hallways, Tosten and Flemming migrate to more exotic climates, and their debut full length Becomes Awake is an ambitious if slightly mixed offering that works the weirder and spacier it gets.   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