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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Initial Descent: July 29 – August 4, 2018

dan jackson - void ritual
Void Ritual – Dan Jackson

This week, we cross into August and amazingly this rock we call earth is still here. Ten thousand wonders. As we spiral further into the abyss, stock in the metal we love goes up, obviously, because what else can we fall back on that will always be there like a glowing beacon of eternal fire? With that said, it’s time to see what this week has in store. Carry on…

Void Ritual leads the charge and rightfully so, Death Is Peace is not only a tour-de-force of melodic second wave..ish black metal and arguably the band’s best work to date but the revenue from its sales will go to The Coalition to Stop Violence Against Native Women so GO BUY IT! Rhode Island’s gory death metal duo Blight House give us their debut Summer Camp Sex Party Massacre just in time for memories of an actual summer camp with a killer running around to still be relevant. And, Abhorrent Deformity offer up yet another gory platter of technically brutal death metal in the form of their second effort Slaughter Monolith.

An outstanding black metal album and two horrifically gory death metal albums up here for you to chew on. AND, there’s much more to digest below so hang around and start clicking. You’re welcome. Enjoy your Monday and we’ll be seeing you here throughout the week. Continue reading

Initial Descent: January 29 – February 4, 2017

Tomb Mold
Tomb Mold

Yesterday was the first time I’ve ever seen Bandcamp actually slower than a sack of turtles. But that just means that TONS of you showed up for a cause and did your thing. In case you missed out on what I’m referring to one of our own, Chris, has the details right here and with any luck some of today’s Initial Descent albums made the rounds in all the gifting. With that said, lets get on with it: Tomb Mold melt eardrums with their first full length Primordial Malignancy and what a sweet death metal sound it is, Iron Reagan are back with their crossover thrash on the aptly titled Crossover Ministry, re-issues don’t generally make top billing but The Mist‘s debut from way back in 1989, Phantasmagoria, has just done it and rightfully so — the album is a thrash masterpiece and will hopefully get the recognition it so deserves, and Dying Whale rounds out the top end with Last Moments of Misery — for reference points think about what it would sound like if sludge metal and hardcore fought in a razor wired cage with knives and hammers, yea blood everywhere. And just like that, this week is yet another stacked high with quality but we have so much more in store after the jump. Continue reading