Rainbows in the Dark: Hail Spirit Noir — “Mannequins”

Again we have another band gracing the halls of this non-metal column (although pretty loosely so), one that certainly we on staff here cannot seem to get enough of and statistically speaking, quite a number of you all out there in Reader Land probably feel the same way.  Hail Spirit Noir are no strangers to boldly and unabashedly pushing the boundaries of their sound and the world of metal in general, but on Mannequins, the outfit abandon all pretense of metal entirely and deliver something quite unexpected, definitely a little out there, but no less of a success than anyone would expect.

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RETROCUTION: Perturbator returns with new album, “Lustful Sacraments”

Perturbator - Lustful Sacraments

I’m not gonna lie, it feels kinda weird to resurrect my Retrocution column for the first time in more than a year… with an artist who, by his own account, has been actively trying to move away from “conventional” synthwave for a while now. But for James Kent, I’ll make an exception.

After all, Kent’s work as Perturbator was one of my earliest exposures to synthwave. I wouldn’t be anywhere near as big a fan of this music — maybe a fan at allif not for Dangerous Days. So even though my tastes within the genre have since shifted a bit more toward the pop end of the spectrum, I tend to listen whenever Kent drops something new — conventional or otherwise. And in the case of his latest effort, Lustful Sacraments, the listen proved to be quite an excellent one.

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Perturbator’s James Kent on “Lustful Sacraments,” background in black metal, synthwave history, horror, and much more!

Synthwave is one of those genres that has become a go to for metalheads due to its horror movie kinship, its wildly creative sound and its imagery which at times can mirror some of extreme metal’s most enduring gorehounds. Perturbator and James Kent have been at the tip of this spear since Terror 404 back in 2012 and has shown more and more growth and depth on each successive album. Now, with Lustful Sacraments, the band dive further into the industrial side of the synth coin but do so in a way that doesn’t leave anything behind. Think of it as an experiment gone incredibly right. Head inside for an in depth discussion via The Nine Circles Audio Thing.

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Rainbows in the Dark: Aru — “Fighting Hatred”

We got a quick one for you today, folks.  French synthwave veteran and Lazerdiscs newcomer Aru put out a new track called Fighting Hatred that builds on the dark, dreamlike atmosphere and the French Touch style that he has been known for since he started writing synthwave songs at the tender age of fourteen.  His nostalgic brand of upbeat and ethereal pop has been featured on a number of compilations and zines and even on national TV in France.  High accolades, but it’s well deserved and it’s what drew Lazerdiscs to ARU in the first place.

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VIDEO Retrocution: DEADLIFE — “City of Eternal Rain”

Retrocution is back! And in video format! This time, we’re taking a look at DEADLIFE‘s new album, City of Eternal Rain.

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