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

Album Review: Angellore — “Rien Ne Devait Mourir”

Finally re-emerging from the shadows after four years of silence and hard work in the studio, Angellore is releasing their third full-length album.  Rien Ne Devait Mourir perfectly presents the French band’s unique metal infused blend of gothic, doom, post-rock, and folk.  Angellore’s signature sound paints scenes of venturing around old world France, floating through historic graveyards, and wandering down cobblestone paths into sacred natural spaces. Continue reading

Receiving the Evcharist: Caspian and Star Jungle

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: Caspian’s On Circles and Modern Times Brewing Company’s Star Jungle.

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Album Review: Lotus Thief – “Oresteia”

Lotus Thief - Oresteia

San Francisco’s Lotus Thief have been bringing their particular brand of mystical, historical melange of doom, space, prog and post rock for a while now, with each release further settling into a dark corner of atmospheric post rock and metal.  With Oresteia, the band feels more expansive than ever, even as that expansiveness leads to the songs losing some impact along the way. Continue reading