Rainbows in the Dark: Baby Birds — “An Olive Branch Wrapped in Barbed Wire”

Did you miss us?  We missed you.  I guess I’m going by “we” now, which may be the result of the time-space distortion that seems to be the norm for most of us, but the important thing is that Rainbows is back from an unanticipated leave, and we’ve got more post-punk/noise rock goodness for you courtesy of Houston, Texas, newcomers Baby Birds and their debut offering An Olive Branch Wrapped in Barbed Wire, which turns out to be anything but the typical post-punk affair.  It’s Rainbows in the Dark, bringing you the best of all things non-metal and metal-adjacent. Continue reading

Receiving the Evcharist: Wailin Storms and Claremont Craft Ales’ Raspberry Gose

Receiving the Evcharist 2018

Receiving the Evcharist is our weekly feature where we pair choice albums with our favorite libations. Drink from the cup of heresy. This week’s offering: Wailin Storms’ Rattle and Claremont Craft Ales’ Raspberry Gose.   Continue reading

Profile: Julia Bentley of Noisemongers Night Goat

Night Goat

I’ve said it before, somewhere on this very site even, true and real noise rock / metal should elicit raw nastiness and leave an indelible mark on whoever comes in contact with it (by mark I mean the need to go wash off afterwards). And anyone that loves true noise absolutely adores it; lock, stock, and barrel. Ohio’s Night Goat gets it and on their upcoming full length debut, Milk, they careen down a road filled with disease ridden razor blades and gutter brutality but the real key to how big of a success this album will be is their stark conviction and dedication to this particular art form. Its ten tracks are some of the vilest yet beautiful noise these ears have come across in quite some time and we’re honored to feature the following Profile we received from vocalist Julia Bentley. It’s a sincere response and a great look at Night Goat so jump in and don’t forget to hit the links to show them some support. Continue reading

Nine Circles ov…Metal on My Horror Break

Nine Cirlces ov.... October 2019

It’s been a hot minute since I’ve been on here talking about metal.  That’s because I’ve been knee-deep in Blood Red, our annual horror series where I watch a crap-ton of movies and write them up for the Letterboxd Hooptober Marathon.  But that doesn’t mean I haven’t been listening to metal – I’ve been trying to keep up with the veritable glut of heavy offerings bestowed upon us so far this Autumn season.  So for this edition of Nine Circles ov… I thought I’d jump in and share nine recent(-ish) releases that have been keeping the blood pumping…as it spurts out a major artery.

Without further ado, let’s dive in.  Continue reading

Album Review: The Austerity Program – “Bible Songs 1”

austerity program - bible songs 1

For anyone who has ever tried to dramatize Bible stories, especially for movies, the first and often most important challenge is how to fill in gaps from the text so it makes sense to modern audiences. Usually these are narrative gaps, but certainly as ancient bits of myth making, the psychologies of its characters are rarely, if ever explored. This practice of using, as Wil Gafney calls it, “sanctified imagination” goes back more than a thousand years to the rabbinic tradition of midrash. But what happens when the stories we explore are violent, unstable and predatory? Well, you get Bible Songs 1 from The Austerity Program.   Continue reading