Album Review: Twilight Fauna — “Foundations”

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The thing I keep coming back to listening to the latest from Twilight Fauna is that title.  I’ve found over the past few weeks of isolation that when I reach for music I’m looking for different things than I used to.  I want connection, I want an experience that reassures me that we’re here, that we’re together.  The music Paul Ravenwood has created over the years always provided that connection, but nowhere is that intent, that essence, as crystalized as it is on Foundations.  More than being a new apex in the band’s catalog, it feels like the true foundation upon which Ravenwood will build moving forward. Continue reading

Rainbows in the Dark: Emile — “The Black Spider/Det Kollektive Selvmord”

Sometimes what you want out of an album is to take you back to a simpler time.  It’s not like we’re living in the most ideal timeline right now, but even without current events being what they are, it’s nice to be taken back to when things were different, even if that time was 25 to 30 years before you were born.  Emile’s singer/songwriter debut The Black Spider/Det Kollektive Selvmord does just that in spades.  This is Rainbows in the Dark, featuring the best of all things non-metal and metal-adjacent. Continue reading

Album Review: Jonathan Hultén — “Chants From Another Place”

Illuminated only by the stars in the night sky, a spirit dances out of a forest to guide you on a mystical journey through barren valleys, sparkling waters, and quiet mountain tops.  Jonathan Hultén‘s latest work of art and debut solo studio album, Chants From Another Place, brings listeners to magical places on an adventure filled with darkness, hopes, dreams, life, death, and rebirth.  The album is full of emotion and rises and falls in gentle cascading currents. Continue reading

Album Review: Angellore — “Rien Ne Devait Mourir”

Finally re-emerging from the shadows after four years of silence and hard work in the studio, Angellore is releasing their third full-length album.  Rien Ne Devait Mourir perfectly presents the French band’s unique metal infused blend of gothic, doom, post-rock, and folk.  Angellore’s signature sound paints scenes of venturing around old world France, floating through historic graveyards, and wandering down cobblestone paths into sacred natural spaces. Continue reading