Rainbows in the Dark: Osi and the Jupiter — “Appalachia”

I’ve had a lot of fun with Rainbows in the Dark here.  As much as I love metal, I love a diverse range of genres, I like being able to talk about all of them, and I like being able to stretch my comfort zone and get into stuff I would normally pass by.  I’ve found a lot of albums that I’ve really enjoyed for this column, but with Osi and the Jupiter and their EP Appalachia, I have found true gold, the kind of release I hoped I would find when I picked up this column. Continue reading

Rainbows in the Dark: Aleah — “Aleah”

It’s been over four years since Aleah Stanbridge lost her battle with cancer.  She made an incredible mark on the music industry in her time, from being a featured vocalist on albums by Amorphis, Antimatter, and, of course, Swallow the Sun, to being a solo artist and a member of That Which Remains and Trees of Eternity along with Swallow the Sun’s Juha Raivio.  She was an artist, photographer, poet, musician, and an all-around great person, and as a tribute to her, Raivio spearheaded posthumously releasing an album of her solo material, simply called Aleah. Continue reading

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