Rainbows in the Dark: Ulvesang – “The Hunt”

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Welcome back to Rainbows in the Dark, our section devoted to covering all that which lies adjacent to or outside the realm of heavy metal.  Today, I’m extremely excited to bring you my thoughts on an album that has been captivating me for weeks now: Ulvesang‘s The Hunt, a brilliant and moving work of dark folk music. Continue reading

Sepulchral Saturday: Isenordal – “Shores Of Mourning”

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I’m going to go ahead and proclaim Isenordal‘s debut, Shores Of Mourning, one of my better new discoveries to emerge in 2017. It may still be early in the year — and my personal lackadaisical approach to new music hasn’t helped either — but don’t let any of that take away from how impressive and transcending this neofolk/funeral doom project is. Dark and addicting, Isenordal have created something that will continue to mesmerize us long after the first several spins have elapsed. I would not be surprised in the slightest if additional praise resurfaces as we approach this year’s conclusion. Continue reading

Album Review: Twilight Fauna – “The Year the Stars Fell”

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Push away the tags, move past the labels and niches of “Appalachian metal” and “black/neofolk” that have been used to describe Twilight Fauna and artist Paul Ravenwood over the years. The concept of music recalling and communicating a sense of place, of community and time is well and good and entirely accurate, but there’s another layer to what Ravenwood is unraveling for the listener in Twilight Fauna’s latest, The Year the Stars Fell. By weaving his musical heritage into his own personal history Ravenwood exposes a raw nerve of grief and tragedy, a painful narrative buried deep under a foundation of feedback waiting for someone to take the time to dig.   Continue reading

Throwback Thursday: Agalloch’s “Ashes Against The Grain”

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“Ashes Against The Grain” original slipcover artwork

While maybe not the most popular Agalloch work, there are still plenty of reasons to celebrate their third full-length album, Ashes Against The Grain. Obviously, the works of the black folk metal band out of Portland, Oregon are among the most important in my extensive library, and this is something I have reiterated many times. The quality contained in their catalog is undeniable. And while the final album with The End Records may not have been the band’s favorite (and if you dig enough you may discover that they borderline hate it), I’m still as captivated by it now as I was when I first heard it. Let’s take a closer look.  Continue reading