Rainbows in the Dark: Mosaic — “Harvest: Songs of Autumnal Landscapes and Melancholy”

Thuringia is one of the little-known gems of Germany.  One of the least populous states in Germany, it is nevertheless replete with natural beauty in its misty forests, lofty mountains and verdant plains.  It’s in these landscapes that Martin van Valkenstijn, aka Mosaic, has taken inspiration for his somewhat folk, somewhat black metal, somewhat atmospheric project for the last fifteen years.  In celebration of this monumental anniversary of his project, Valkenstijn tirelessly worked to remaster and compile a collection of old, limited release tracks in the form of Harvest: Songs of Autumnal Landscapes and Melancholy. Continue reading

Rainbows in the Dark (?): Nobody — “Atmosfear”

I’ll be honest about this one; I’m not sure how well it falls under the Rainbows brand, considering it is a black metal album at its core, despite a lack of almost any instrumental resemblance to black metal.  However, Finland’s Nobody is committed to pushing the black metal scene forward by going the opposite direction of everyone else.  Instead of faster, louder and heavier, he’s adding by subtracting, leaving only…well, the Atmosfear, if you will.  And boy howdy is there nothing else out there like this.  It’s Rainbows in the Dark, bringing you whatever I feel like, at this point. Continue reading

Rainbows in the Dark: Urze de Lume — “Histórias de Lobos – Entre o Lume e a Escuridão”

“It was a dark and stormy night” is a clichéd opening statement to the point where it’s ironically used for laughs, but in the case of Portugal’s Urze de Lume and their new album Histórias de Lobos – Entre o Lume e a Escuridão, it is actually a dark and stormy night that opens the dark folk/soundscape tapestry, building up a world inhabited and guarded by noble and enigmatic wolves and the people that lived to tell about their experiences with them.  This is Rainbows in the Dark, bringing you the best of all things non-metal and metal-adjacent. Continue reading

Rainbows in the Dark: Ols — “Widma”

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Chances are if you’re a religious reader of this site, you’ve seen us talk about this album a lot recently, and with good reason.  Ols have put out an album that is at the same time haunting, gorgeous, terrifying and totally engrossing with Widma, and even though we’ve already tackled this subject, I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to grab this promo and throw my own thoughts in the ring.  By all means, though, go listen to the album premier.  You have no excuses!  This is Rainbows in the Dark, featuring the best of all things non-metal and metal-adjacent. Continue reading

Album Premiere: Ols — “Widma”

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You may recall that a couple of weeks ago we sampled the latest release from Ols through the video for “W ciemny las”. And today, a week before the official release of Widma, we are thrilled to present a stream of the album, in its entirety, right here. Start to finish, Widma is a dark neofolk masterpiece that will undoubtedly attract fans from all edges of the musical spectrum. Give it a listen for yourself immediately below. Continue reading