Rainbows in the Dark: Common Eider, King Eider – “Shrines for the Unwanted, Respite for the Cast Aside”

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Welcome to what is certainly the article with the longest title ever featured on this site.  I doubt I’ll be seeing a trophy in the mail for this any time soon, but I digress.  We always delve into dark music here at Nine Circles through our exploration of various forms of extreme metal, but Rainbows in the Dark gives me a chance to explore a different kind of darkness, and there is hardly a better vehicle than Common Eider, King Eider‘s new album, an imposing slab of dark ambient music.  Continue reading

Rainbows in the Dark: Trevor de Brauw – “Uptown”

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Rainbows in the Dark is back once again in force. Even in years where there is seemingly an avalanche of great metal albums released, it is necessary to make sure that you don’t get new release tunnel vision and miss out on some great albums from across the rest of the genre spectrum. To that end, I’d like to talk about my love for ambient music and a great release from earlier in the year by Chicago’s Trevor de Brauw. Continue reading

Rainbows in the Dark: Gizzards, Lizards and Drunk Thundercats, Oh My!

It’s been a while since we featured a Rainbows in the Dark column, and to be honest with all the great metal in the last few weeks it’s been hard to do anything but soak myself in the blistering death metal of Immolation, the raging thrash of Power Trip and Overkill, and the dark misery of Junius. But man cannot live on metal alone — at least this man can’t — and last week two fantastic albums dropped that I’d be remiss if I didn’t confess I’ve been playing more than anything else in the last seven days. So I beg your indulgence for a few paragraphs as I wax rhapsodic about the latest albums from two performers I just got turned onto: King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard and Thundercat.   Continue reading

Rainbows in the Dark: Interview Edition – Nick Skouras

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Nick Skouras

It’s been a long while since we here at Nine Circles have visited the off metal realms of Rainbows in the Dark. But we haven’t forgotten that great music resides everywhere and for today’s edition we sat down with guitarist extraordinaire and all around music aficionado Nick Skouras. Skouras is one of those examples of an extremely talented musician that should, by all accounts, be larger than life in terms of popularity. His music spans everything from rock, blues, jazz, pop, experimental, jam, and yes even a touch of metal. And, as you will read, his whole life has centered around music and talented musicians so he gets it as honest as a lifetime of hard work. If there ever was a musician/guitarist with no bounds or limits, Skouras is exactly that, in spades. There’s plenty of album/song streams contained within so you can get acquainted but the stories he tells are nothing short of amazing. So, read on after the jump and get ready to have yourself a new favorite artist.

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Rainbows in the Dark: M83 – “Junk”

If you were alive and conscious throughout the year 2011, chances are, at some point or another, you heard the song “Midnight City” — an infectious dream pop tune from French musician Anthony Gonzalez (a.k.a. M83) that captured the wonder and adventure of his move to Los Angeles. It was one of the best songs of the year, from one of the best albums of the year, and it instantly set up a microscope over Gonzalez’s future output. From a critical standpoint, whatever follow-up material might surface down the road was preemptively put on watch.

Setting aside his soundtrack to the 2013 film, Oblivion, that follow up finally arrived in April 2016, in the form of M83’s seventh studio album, Junk. So how’d the thing hold up under the weight of gargantuan expectations?  Continue reading