Rainbows in the Dark: Aleah — “Aleah”

It’s been over four years since Aleah Stanbridge lost her battle with cancer.  She made an incredible mark on the music industry in her time, from being a featured vocalist on albums by Amorphis, Antimatter, and, of course, Swallow the Sun, to being a solo artist and a member of That Which Remains and Trees of Eternity along with Swallow the Sun’s Juha Raivio.  She was an artist, photographer, poet, musician, and an all-around great person, and as a tribute to her, Raivio spearheaded posthumously releasing an album of her solo material, simply called Aleah. Continue reading

Rainbows in the Dark (?): Nobody — “Atmosfear”

I’ll be honest about this one; I’m not sure how well it falls under the Rainbows brand, considering it is a black metal album at its core, despite a lack of almost any instrumental resemblance to black metal.  However, Finland’s Nobody is committed to pushing the black metal scene forward by going the opposite direction of everyone else.  Instead of faster, louder and heavier, he’s adding by subtracting, leaving only…well, the Atmosfear, if you will.  And boy howdy is there nothing else out there like this.  It’s Rainbows in the Dark, bringing you whatever I feel like, at this point. Continue reading

Rainbows in the Dark: Urze de Lume — “Histórias de Lobos – Entre o Lume e a Escuridão”

“It was a dark and stormy night” is a clichéd opening statement to the point where it’s ironically used for laughs, but in the case of Portugal’s Urze de Lume and their new album Histórias de Lobos – Entre o Lume e a Escuridão, it is actually a dark and stormy night that opens the dark folk/soundscape tapestry, building up a world inhabited and guarded by noble and enigmatic wolves and the people that lived to tell about their experiences with them.  This is Rainbows in the Dark, bringing you the best of all things non-metal and metal-adjacent. Continue reading

Rainbows in the Dark: Baby Birds — “An Olive Branch Wrapped in Barbed Wire”

Did you miss us?  We missed you.  I guess I’m going by “we” now, which may be the result of the time-space distortion that seems to be the norm for most of us, but the important thing is that Rainbows is back from an unanticipated leave, and we’ve got more post-punk/noise rock goodness for you courtesy of Houston, Texas, newcomers Baby Birds and their debut offering An Olive Branch Wrapped in Barbed Wire, which turns out to be anything but the typical post-punk affair.  It’s Rainbows in the Dark, bringing you the best of all things non-metal and metal-adjacent. Continue reading

Rainbows in the Dark: The O’Reillys and The Paddyhats — “Dogs on the Leash”

It’s been a long time coming for the fourth album from Germany’s The O’Reillys and The PaddyhatsDogs on the Leash was supposed to be out months ago, but due to circumstances outside the band’s control (do I even need to say it at this point?), the release of the record was delayed until now.  As I’ve mentioned before, I have a soft spot in my heart for Irish flavored punk rock, so I’ve had my eyes on this one for a while.  It’s Rainbows in the Dark, featuring the best of all things non-metal and metal-adjacent. Continue reading