Album Review: Bhleg — “Ödhin”

I’m a simple man.  I see a Nordvis promo and I click it.  We all have our labels that we’ve come to instantly associate with quality in our heads, and for me it doesn’t get much better than the Swedish label’s self-styled brand of “poor music for poor people.”  I haven’t yet met a release of theirs that I didn’t appreciate, and I certainly didn’t see that trend stop when I picked up Ödhin, the newest release from Swedish folk/black metal duo Bhleg (who may just have the best name on the scene right now). 

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Rainbows in the Dark: Hagathorn — “Hartworld”

I’ll be honest here: I’m feeling a little burned out on heavy music as of late.  Not that there hasn’t been a long list of stellar heavy releases this year, not that I’ll never go back to it, but I just feel tired of loud and aggressive when everything outside the music world is almost unbearably loud and aggressive.  I need a break, something that does a better job of helping me escape and take my mind away to a better, more peaceful place.  Enter Hagathorn and their debut release Hartworld, which rings incredibly close to what I need.

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Rainbows in the Dark: Forndom — “Faþir”

It’s been a really good week for me on the “I get to review awesome albums” front.  I’m still reeling from Aara’s new release and next week is going to feature some bangers as well.  Your boy is truly blessed, and even though you might be looking at this page and saying “oh my god, not another folk album,” please know that Forndom’s Faþir isn’t your average folk album and also, you’re not my real mom and I don’t care.  It rules. It’s time for Rainbows in the Dark, featuring the best of all things non-metal and metal-adjacent. Continue reading

Album Review: Grift — “Budet”

It kinda feels like winter is never going to end here in the Midwest.  The skies are still cold and grey and the snow is still coming down, which would make my work commute a real pain if I wasn’t told to work from home for the next three weeks.  I’m a pretty big fan of the snow and the cold, and even though I know it’s not supposed to be here, I’m trying to look on the upside of things.  There’s a beauty in the melancholy, and nobody shows that better than Sweden’s Grift on their new release Budet. Continue reading

Rainbows in the Dark: Blood and Sun – “Love and Ashes”

It’s been quite a long time since we’ve brought you something from beyond the world of metal, but like the mighty halogens and the noble gases, we’re back with something less metallic in nature but just as compelling and righteous.  Blood and Sun’s sophomore release Love and Ashes is an album that I could not pass up the chance to review, and it’s a perfect excuse to bring back some content that hasn’t been getting a lot of love in these hallowed halls recently.  This is Rainbows in the Dark, featuring the best of all things non-metal and metal-adjacent. Continue reading