Rainbows in the Dark: Sivyj Yar — “Golden Threads”

It sure has been a while since we’ve done one of these, huh?  To be honest, I wasn’t expecting to be writing this column when I picked up the promo for the newest release from St. Petersburg’s Sivyj Yar.  The Russian one-piece came on my radar quite some time ago because of their unique, delicate and highly melodic brand of folksy black metal.  When I saw the name on our list, I knew I had to snag it, but Golden Threads has turned out to be pretty far from what I had originally anticipated, in all the best ways.

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2016 – ‘The Score So Far’ by Jesse

This year in metal got off to a bit of a slow start for me, with the first two months not offering anything that I care to remember for this feature. Then, the ball got rolling, and now that we’re closing in on July, there’s enough good stuff to craft my two cents out of. Continue reading

Nine Circles ov… Russia!

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If you’ve been wondering (and I’m sure you have, attentive reader) why I tend to cover older releases instead of the latest and hottest promos, it’s because I prefer to spend a lot of time with a band or record before I form an opinion on it. Simply put, I prefer knowing one artist’s discography through and through to listening to ten CDs by different respective bands.

This list of personal favourites from Russia illustrates just that. It may not offer the most diverse, all-encompassing collection of bands from the country, but every band that’s on there is one I can recommend wholeheartedly. Continue reading

Initial Descent: September 25’s New Releases in Brief

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Look at that picture. How can you not get excited about a band with that kind of promo photo? That’s Scottish / Swiss power metal crew Gloryhammer, who’s leading the way in, admittedly, a lighter week of new releases than we had last week. Here’s what’s on tap:
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