Rainbows in the Dark: Ötzi — “Storm”

Post-punk is a genre that I’ve loved since before I knew what it was called, from back when my mom would play The Cure for me, to when I went through the obligatory Joy Division phase circa high school, to today, when a groovy bassline, chorused guitar and four-on-the-floor beat is enough to stir my soul.  Ötzi are a band that can take all the classic trappings of post-punk and throw them headfirst into the modern era with a healthy dose of radical attitude as they do on Storm.  This is Rainbows in the Dark, featuring the best of all things non-metal and metal adjacent. Continue reading

Rainbows in the Dark: Fotocrime — “South of Heaven”

I don’t know about you, but life has been a little crazy for me.  Still, there’s always time for some good tunes, especially if you’re looking for a distraction or something to vibe with, and today we’re bringing you an album that’s got vibes to spare.  Fotocrime’s sophomore release South of Heaven is a post-punk workout, with dark grooves that breed as much introspection as they do ass-shaking.  This is Rainbows in the Dark, featuring the best of all things sort of metal and metal-adjacent. Continue reading

Album Review: The Wraith – “Gloom Ballet”

The Wraith - Gloom Ballet

Somehow the seedy dive bar you enter is darker than the night outside.  The music throbs, sending out pulses your cerebral cortex can’t process but some older, primordial part of your brain instinctually knows, and understands.  It’s that crux, that convergence of the primal beat that falls partly between the post punk of the early 80s and the tradition of gothic rock and roll, where early Danzig meets The Cult and howl into the moonlight.  Call it whatever you want, “death rock” or otherwise; there’s no mistaking the bleeding heart of influence laid bare on the sleeve of The Wraith.  To have something like Gloom Ballet arrive like a shot so late in the year is like that one drink at said bar that puts you over the edge from wary observation to full-on goon dance, and it’s a marvel to experience. Continue reading

Profile: Irish Metallers God Alone

God Alone

Ever wonder what a mash-up of blackgaze and post-punk would sound like if done with Irish flair? Two weeks ago God Alone struck out on Cosmonaut releasing their debut EP God Alone. and there’s no need to wonder anymore. It’s a rousing set of songs that is atmospherically uplifting at times (“Madting”), and painfully biting at others (“Feeling On Tic”), but most of all it has a world music feel to it and not strictly the sounds from their homeland. In other words, it’s epic in scope and depth while defying easy classification. Our very own Vincent covered this EP in depth recently so check that out here for an in depth look. We recently had the chance to ask the band our set of Profile questions so head directly below to see how it went down and be sure to support them through the links contained within. Continue reading

Profile: Psych-Surf, Proto-Punk Rockers The Bad Larry’s

The Bad Larry's
The Bad Larry’s

Psych-surf / proto-punk band The Bad Larry’s just released their latest album Hodads last week and if a surf inspired Reverend Horton Heat appeals to you then this is the album you need to quench that thirst. It’s a roaring good time and if you’re in the mindset of taking a beach vacation these nine tracks will help in a big way. The silky smooth surf vibes interspersed with post-punk attitude and killer grooves are a winner in my book. Just behind the album’s release we had the opportunity to ask the band our set of Profile questions so head inside to see what they had to say and hit that embed link to grab your own copy of Hodads. Continue reading