A little over a month ago, Italy’s Ufomammut released their aptly titled eighth full length album 8, covered here, which continues to garner a hefty slab of my attention. So much so that I truly believe it is an absolute ‘must hear.’ Each album from this band is another step on an ever expanding journey: from the bulky weight of Godlike Snake to the experimentation of Oro to the forward thinking doom of Eve, Ufomammut continue to push their own sonic boundaries and find ways to make each note resonate more than the last. Plus, they’ve been together so long now that when performing together they seem telepathically linked and able to bend sound to their will. We recently had the opportunity to ask the band a few questions about 8, the importance of home and their creative energy — among other things — so head inside to see what they had to say. Continue reading
When we think of “extreme” music we tend to focus on things that are distinctly metallic: the faster and louder and more abrasive it is, the more extreme is it. Erik Highter has for years made a habit of exploring the other, less covered sides of extreme music: whether in dialog with Craig Hayes in their sporadic but always engaging Outré Monde series, or by way of his experimental musical persona The Monophonic Shooting Spree. Often using his own body in conjunction with pedals, natural recordings, and other effects to construct layered soundscapes, a similar methodology in the use of public domain footage is employed in his first video experiment.
Check out the premier of “Launch” from Another Soylant Green World below… Continue reading
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
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
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.