Rainbows in the Dark: Tanner Garza + Funeral Parlor – “Dark Days”

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Welcome to another edition of Rainbows in the Dark, the column where we talk about things that we love that don’t fall under the metal umbrella.  Rest assured that the album we will be exploring is still heavy, just a different kind of heavy.  Today brings us new sounds in the form of Dark Days, a collaboration between Texas based experimental musicians Tanner Garza and Funeral Parlor.   Continue reading

Exclusive Stream: Sun of the Sleepless – “Forest Crown”

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Happy Wednesday to you all! Today we are pleased to bring you a brand new track from the dark ambient project known as Sun of the Sleepless. The one-man German project is set to release To The Elements on July 21st and with just over a month to go before this album drops, one of the album’s more entrancing moments is available for streaming just after the jump. “Forest Crown” is a quick-hitter worth getting lost in so I encourage you to give it a listen below. Continue reading

Album Review: The Pod – “The Pod”

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Scott Endres has been a busy man over the years with MAKE, which most of you will be familiar with, and The Pod, which you may or may not be familiar with. The Pod has existed right alongside MAKE and is the place Endres goes to make music that is completely devoid of any outside interferences and completely on his own terms. His latest album, The Pod, is a collection of personal favorites over the last few years and a couple new tracks, all of which are an amalgamation of drone, electronic, ambient and even black metal. But it works, and tremendously so. Continue reading

Exclusive Premiere: The Pod – “Lifegiver” & Interview With Scott Endres (The Pod, MAKE)

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Nine Circles is extremely pleased to announce that North Carolina’s The Pod will be releasing their upcoming album, titled The Pod, June 2 via Accident Prone Records. In anticipation of that release, we have an exclusive preview of the fourth track from the new album titled “Lifegiver.” And on top of all that we also have an interview with The Pod’s mastermind Scott Endres. More than enough reason for excitement (and we are very excited), so dive right in to get the details. Continue reading

Profile: Christian McKenna of Hex Inverter

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Hex Inverter

Revision, the second full length from Pennsylvania’s Hex Inverter, saw its release a little over a month ago. Once the album’s hooks are set, putting it down is not an easy task. It’s different to be sure, no grinding guitars or blast beats but the electronic and industrial repetitiveness layered over ambient, and at times folk, soundscapes is nothing short of mesmerizingly addictive. From “I Swear I’m Not My Thoughts” with its bombastic western flair to the drone and psychedelic folk of “Daphne” to the dark and industrious “Cannibal Eyes” the album begs repeated listens to fully wrap your brain around. We recently had the opportunity to ask Christian McKenna (vocals, keys and loops) our set of Profile questions, see what he had to say after the jump.

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