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

Album Review: Stygian Crown — “Stygian Crown”

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Traditional metal continues to forge a path that is refreshing to these old ears.  Toss “extremity” out the window and ride hard and steady on a riff, nail that groove with the eye of a sharpshooter and carry that melody to the end of whatever metaphor I lost a few words back.  Point being, this debut self-titled full length from Stygian Crown is good.  Damn good. Continue reading

The Nine Circles Audio Thing: Pile of Priests on their upcoming album, life during COVID, working with Dan Swanö, 70,000 Tons of Metal, and more!

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Denver’s Pile of Priests have been around since 2009 and have slowly been carving out a name for themselves in the death metal arena. Their first full length Void To Enlightenment saw the band get down and dirty with their own style which traverses tech death but offered so much more than just tech and old school. And now with their second offering Pile of Priests they truly carve their own path in today’s death metal landscape with razor sharp attention to detail and nasty little hooks that set deep. This is an album that will appeal to a broad set of metal and heavy rock fans, it’s broad and diverse without ever losing its vicious edge. So, head below for all the details.
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Album Review: Myth of I — “Myth of I”

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Forged at Berklee College of Music in Boston, Mass by a group of highly skilled musicians, Myth of I was born. And now, seven years later, Myth of I is an “…eclectic album with influences from all over the world and is sure to be something you can’t find anywhere else” as described by the band, and I’ve found that statement to be true. It’s a creative blend of musical styles from progressive metal, to black metal, to jazz fusion, to electro—with expert instrumentation by four talented musicians and no vocal tracking.  Myth of I bring such strong power and expression through their instruments that vocals are not needed and are not missed, surprisingly. Continue reading

Rainbows in the Dark: Pirkan — “Pirkan”

You ever get sucked down a weird rabbit hole on YouTube?  There was a point not too long ago where all YouTube recommended to me was videos of Mongolian throat singing.  I have no idea why, but I was curious, so I followed it down and immediately got sucked in by how cool the music sounded.  That same rabbit hole was also how I discovered the first single from Thy Catafalque’s new album, which I was also enamored with.  Put them together and what do you get?  Pirkan’s debut album, Pirkan, which sounds exactly like a weird, cool YouTube rabbit hole. Continue reading