Rainbows in the Dark: Jon Mueller — “Family Secret”

I’ve said it before, but it bears repeating: one of the reasons I love doing this column is for the chance to get a bigger sense of how different types of music is made.  With metal, it has its moments where the boundaries get pushed, and the genre is certainly no stranger to innovators, but oftentimes you need to go pretty far out there to get into some really creative artistic processes.  Even as far out as we have gone, I have never encountered a process quite as unique as Jon Mueller used on his newest release Family Secret.

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Receiving the Evcharist: Many Blessings and Popfuji Pilsners

Receiving the Evcharist 2018

Receiving the Evcharist is our weekly feature where we pair choice albums with our favorite libations. Drink from the cup of heresy. This week’s offering: Many Blessings’ Emanation Body and Brouwerij West’s Popfuji Pilsner.  
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Album Review: Ashtar — “Kaikuja”

Creatively captivating black/doom duo hailing from Basel, Switzerland, Ashtar, has returned after five years with their sophomore album Kaikuja.  The band has been in the studio since the summer of 2019 developing their sound and creating this darkly impressive work of art.  The rich and idiosyncratic tracks of this album are layered with intricacies giving each listen new discoveries and appreciation. Continue reading

Rainbows in the Dark: Colossloth — “Plague Alone”

Oh hey, didn’t see you there.  We took a week away from the nonmetal side of things, hope you didn’t miss us too much.  To make up for it, I subjected myself to another album that breaks new ground for me.  While I am somewhat versed in the poppier side of electronic music, drone acts like England’s Colossloth rarely cross my radar.  Still, something in my gut told me I should give Plague Alone a shot, and I’m never one to distrust my guts.  This is Rainbows in the Dark, featuring the best of all things non-metal and metal adjacent. Continue reading