I know I’m far from the only person on our staff capable of writing an end-of-year Rainbows in the Dark post, but I guess I called “dibs” first? So here we are. As you may recall, I made a point to keep my 2017 metal recap strictly metal. So now that 2018’s here, we’ll take a look back at 2017-in-Non-Metal, and keep it strictly non-metal. And don’t worry, this one will be a much shorter read than the metal list. (That’s not to suggest that these aren’t as good, or are less worth of extended written rants; it’s to suggest that at this point, I’m just kinda tired of writing about music from 2017.)
One stipulation: again — despite what the title may imply — I’m not suggesting these are the Best of 2017. I can’t make that call. These are just some albums I enjoyed from outside the metal spectrum. Okay. That’s it. Let’s get started… Continue reading
I know normally in this column I’ve been talking about ambient releases, but we use Rainbows in the Dark to explore any kind of music that gets heavy without falling into “metal” territory. One of the more exciting (at least for me) musical trends in the United States is an emergence of bands that take traditional Americana song structures and styling and add in flairs of gothic darkness. Acts like Wovenhand and King Dude have gotten the attention of the populace at large, and now set to join those ranks is Portland, OR’s The Dark Red Seed with their debut EP Stands With Death.
Welcome to another edition of Rainbows in the Dark, the column where we talk about things that we love that don’t fall under the metal umbrella. Rest assured that the album we will be exploring is still heavy, just a different kind of heavy. Today brings us new sounds in the form of Dark Days, a collaboration between Texas based experimental musicians Tanner Garza and Funeral Parlor. Continue reading
Welcome to what is certainly the article with the longest title ever featured on this site. I doubt I’ll be seeing a trophy in the mail for this any time soon, but I digress. We always delve into dark music here at Nine Circles through our exploration of various forms of extreme metal, but Rainbows in the Dark gives me a chance to explore a different kind of darkness, and there is hardly a better vehicle than Common Eider, King Eider‘s new album, an imposing slab of dark ambient music. Continue reading
Rainbows in the Dark is back once again in force. Even in years where there is seemingly an avalanche of great metal albums released, it is necessary to make sure that you don’t get new release tunnel vision and miss out on some great albums from across the rest of the genre spectrum. To that end, I’d like to talk about my love for ambient music and a great release from earlier in the year by Chicago’s Trevor de Brauw. Continue reading