Rainbows in the Dark: postcards from new zealand — “we watched them devour, vol. 3: city islands”

I haven’t spoken much about it in this column, but 2021 has kind of been the year of post-rock for me, at least behind the scenes.  Spoiler alert, no less than three of my favorite non-metal albums this year have been post-rock albums and I see no signs of slowing that pace down for the second half of the year.  I’ve always had a love for the swirling, haunting and highly textural genre, and one of the relatively unrecognized titans of the scene has been postcards from new zealand, who, with their newest full-length, we watched them devour, vol. 3: city islands, have been cranking out a torrent of great releases to further the genre.

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Receiving the Evcharist: MONO and Pelagic Coffee’s The Great Dying

Receiving the Evcharist 2018

Welcome back, friends!  Today we have something special going on in the way of a two-for from Pelagic Records.  As you already know, 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 offerings: MONO’s Beyond the Past: Live in London with the Platinum Anniversary Orchestra and Pelagic Coffee’s The Great Dying.

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Profile (Sunday Edition): Tom Ridley of Poisonous Birds

Sunday’s are reserved for metal adjacent things that you shouldn’t miss out on. Call it a Rainbows in the Dark Profile edition or Rainbows in the Profile. Either way, the UK’s Poisonous Birds just released a stunning EP, We Can Never Not Be All Of Us, that’s as much electronica as it is lush, cinematic post-rock. However, simple genre tags are rendered useless across these six tracks of highly charged, highly emotional, and extraordinarily detailed art. The title was taken from a Bon Iver podcast in reference to tensions on the Texas border but with current events it has become even more timely. Simply put, this is an EP that not only was born from an important message but also has the power to soothe at a time when we all need it most. We recently had the chance to ask Tom Ridley (vocals, electronics, production) our set of Profile questions so read on below to see how it went down. And, be sure to pick up a copy of the EP from the links contained within.

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Album Review: Ashtar — “Kaikuja”

Creatively captivating black/doom duo hailing from Basel, Switzerland, Ashtar, has returned after five years with their sophomore album Kaikuja.  The band has been in the studio since the summer of 2019 developing their sound and creating this darkly impressive work of art.  The rich and idiosyncratic tracks of this album are layered with intricacies giving each listen new discoveries and appreciation. Continue reading