"If anything by Raging Slab, Orange Goblin, Electric Wizard, Monster Magnet, Down, Pentagram and, of course, early Black Sabbath are on your radar then this sophomore release is going to be an unbridled joy for you." [Read More...]
"Weaving elements of classic southern groove into their overarching heavy doom sound, RAF have succeeded in producing a sound that almost defies genre-fication and proves rewarding on so many physical and psychological levels." [Read More...]
"Rainbows are Free are a band whose star has steadily, but modestly, risen in their native USA since their formation in 2005, but, as of yet, the quintet haven‚Äôt made much of a splash across the pond. Hopefully this will all change with their latest release ‚ÄėWaves Ahead of the Ocean‚Äô, due out in the UK in early August." [Read More...]
If it doesn‚Äôt cost a penny to enjoy a kaleidoscope of colour then there is a price to pay for those brave enough to tackle Waves Ahead Of The Ocean. Prepare to be mentally bludgeoned by a punishing combination of fuzzed-up ferocity and spaced out lyrics that never let up. [Read More...]
"For a second album this is way impressive and this is a band that can't be ignored in the future. If you love Black Sabbath, Monster Magnet, Electric Wizard and Orange Goblin then this will be your new favourite band." [Read More...]
"Each and every one of the eight tracks of ‚ÄėWaves Ahead Of The Ocean‚Äô is delivered with class, and kick out of the speakers with a raw edged conviction that is a testament to the skills of the performers rather than the unnecessary polish of an over intrusive producer. Rainbows Are Free are a band that has supported the likes of Saint Vitus, The Sword, and High on Fire, and with their glorious and unashamed blend of psyche, doom, and down and dirty hard rock, they have produced a solid album that deserves a place next to such esteemed bands wares." [Read More...]
"Finding myself swaying and singing along with 'Sonic Demon' was embarrassing, due to the grass-cutting obsessed neighbour walking past my window at the time and looking rather unsettled by what he witnessed. Knowing that a song has the title 'Speed God And The Rise Of The Motherfuckers From A Place Beyond Hell', took me back to the days when I thought Zodiac Mindwarp & The Love Reaction was the most outrageous name in the Universe of Rock music.
Even at the beginning of the song there is an evil chuckle, so maybe the band knows how utterly cool the song title is and how it'll shamelessly blow the minds of those who stumble across it?" [Read More...]
"I loved the album so much I had to pick up the band‚Äôs previous album, ‚ÄúBelievers In Medicine‚ÄĚ. Equally awesome album which made me wonder why I had never heard of a band this great before. Long story short: if you consider yourself a ‚Äústoner rock‚ÄĚ fan, Rainbows Are Free are an essential addition to your collection."-Grownman [Read More...]
"I would call this classic stuff, but the band definitely tread the psychedelic stoner path on a par with the seminal ‚ÄėBlues From A Red Sun‚Äô era Kyuss, whilst also pushing the last two Monster Magnet releases for the ‚Äúbest in the genre in quite for quite a while‚ÄĚ accolade. I‚Äôm being really spoiled here!!" [Read More...]
Give a listen to the awesomely titled ‚ÄėSpeed God And The Rise Of The Motherfuckers From A Place Beyond Hell‚Äô, which displays the band at their bad ass best. The main riff, a stone cold killer, with some seriously wailing leads over the top, the drums, bombastic and beefy, and when those vocals swoop in, totally over the top. Somewhere between the near operatic metallic howl of Mika from Finnish hypno rockers Circle, the classic metal vox of Judas Priest‚Äės Rob Halford, and the space lord motherfucker himself, Dave Wyndorf from Monster Magnet. [Read More...]
On this doom-metal masterpiece tailor-made for fans of Black Sabbath, classic metal and fuzzy guitar riffs, frontman Brandon Kistler‚Äôs screeching and howling acts as a guide through the grungy and back-breaking power that makes up the 8-track album‚Äôs sonic landscape. [Read More...]
"I think I first heard of Rainbows Are Free when either The Soda Shop blog or Heavy Planet blog or Meteor City blog posted the song "Are You Dead?". The transcendental and liberal message combined with stoner rock riffing and manic outro-vamping makes for one of the best rock 'n roll songs of the last five years, and the wild and flamboyant vocal performance really hooked me. " -DMAL [Read More...]
"Experiencing Rainbows Are Free's heavy metal goodness doesn't necessarily entail seeing them perform live. The band has never played a gig in Europe but they have a large and enthusiastic following there because of Internet access."
Rainbows Are Free, hands down, put on the best performance of the weekend.
Rainbows Are Free's sonic locus appears on the rock 'n roll family tree at the point where proto-metal and heavy psychedelia shared a common apocryphal ancestor before branching off into their own distinct lineages. Believers in Medicine is indicative of this relationship, ripe with heavy riffage and stoner swagger.
I didn't write that, they did. I could never come up with anything to top that.
If you are into bands like Black Sabbath, The Damned and Hawkwind you'll love Rainbows Are Free. Their set (which started with the band wearing some type of Grim Reaper/Evil Wizard/Goth Worship costumes) was loud, fast and furious. You've got to love a lead singer who keeps a microphone in one hand, a PBR Tall Boy in the other, and when asked to choose which to let fall to the stage, the death grip on the beer wins out. When Rainbows Are Free takes the stage, you can expect to take your first breath about fifteen minutes after the set has ended, if you survive. If you survive.
The band, Rainbows Are Free. The album, Believers in Medicine. If you like good ol fuzzed out hard rock and roll, Rainbows Are Free have you covered. Believers in Medicine is one hell of an album too. The guitars are fantastic, fuzzy, heavy and there are plenty of riff to stuck in your head. [Read More...]
"... I honestly thought these guys were the techs getting the drums, guitars and mics set up, I was way off base. The ‚Äúeveryman‚ÄĚ band launches into their set and lumbering onstage is a towering figure in a western shirt and cowboy hat carrying multiple cans and bottles. Again, I thought perhaps a roadie is bringing up refreshment for these guys. Once again, I was mistaken. Now realizing, that this indeed was the band, I was able to settle in and enjoy what can only be explained as a huge surprise. Norman, OK based Rainbows Are Free comes across as a Black Sabbath sound, with slow tempo, but crunching guitars. They won the 2011 "Woody Award" for "Best Metal Artist" in Oklahoma." [Read More...]
There are several reasons why Norman‚Äôs Rainbows Are Free describes its sound as ‚Äúheavy devil music.‚ÄĚ There‚Äôs the heavy riffage, pounding percussion, mind-bending psychedelia, rants against religion and ‚Ä¶ well, this...
"They're from somewhere in Oklahoma. The part of Oklahoma that has UFO cults, bathtub acid, wizard robes, custom vans and amplifiers the size of refrigerators. There's a good chance Rainbows will blow your mind for good, so use caution..." -Classic Rock Magazine (Summer 2011 special issue)