Album Review:  Messa — “Close”

Fans have waited four long years for a new release from experimental doom act, Messa, and the band’s latest release, Close, is well worth the wait. It does not disappoint as it is an elevated offering that dives into new instrumentation and techniques while expanding on the band’s already established unique sound.  Messa started out as a progressive doom band before evolving to incorporate various influences including jazz, blues, sludge, black metal, and dark ambience.  Close brings together all these elements while also adding cultural inspirations and instruments.  In addition to the uniqueness of style and sound, the production is clean and crisp helping listeners unearth each new piece while flowing brilliantly from movement to movement.

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Album Review: MRTVI — “Autology: The Shadow Work”

MRTVI are no stranger to the…let’s say unconventional in their practice of psychedelic, experimental, completely out-there black metal.  Last year’s Omniscient Hallucinatory Delusion was quite something in the way that it broke down into tiny parts everything you thought you knew about black metal, or even music in general, for that matter.  Not even a year later, the project is back with yet another mind-bending full-length, Autology: The Shadow Work, which is their fourth release.  This time around, things somehow get weirder, if you can even believe such a thing was possible.

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Rainbows in the Dark: Leila Abdul-Rauf — “Phantasiai”

Phantasiai is an album that sets out to answer the age-old question that I physically cannot stop tumbling out of my accursed brain anytime anyone utters the phrase “I’m dying”: “Is it blissful?”  Well, according to multi-instrumental wizard Leila Abdul-Rauf, while it might be like a dream, the answer is a resounding “NO.”  The album is a high-minded journey through ancient philosophy, existentialism, performance art, and much more all wrapped up in dark textures and eerie beauty that showcase her immense talent at a wide variety of musical fields.  Just be careful of how deep you go.

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Rainbows in the Dark: Gridfailure ft. Mac Gollehon — “Dismemberment Cabaret”

We’ve encountered a lot of the…unusual here on Rainbows in the Dark, but I think this one might be the most unusual of them all.  Not that unusual means bad.  It doesn’t inherently imply quality, and (spoiler alert) it doesn’t apply here, but Dismemberment Cabaret, the newest collaboration between harsh noise outfit Gridfailure and uber-prolific trumpet player Mac Gollehon might be the toughest release I’ve ever had to get my mind around in these parts.  To sum it up succinctly would be almost impossible.  The title of the album kind of tells you exactly what you’re getting yourself into.

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Cave Of Swimmers’ Arturo Garcia on new album “Aurora,” efficiency of being a duo, origin of the band’s name, how his drumming career started, and so much more!

Cave Of Swimmers have been around since 2012 and have finally released their debut full length Aurora. And what a surprise it is after two EP’s worth of what could be described as “doom-prog.” This album shifts effortlessly between a Mars Volta meets System of a Down vibe to a thrashtastic Megadeth vibe while giving a world music spin to their particular brand of metal. It’s a mouthful on paper but rest assured it works seamlessly and is an absolute blast to experience.  Head below to get the details of a recent chat between Buke and drummer Arturo Garcia.

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