Rainbows in the Dark: Leila Abdul-Rauf — “Phantasiai”

Phantasiai is an album that sets out to answer the age-old question that I physically cannot stop tumbling out of my accursed brain anytime anyone utters the phrase “I’m dying”: “Is it blissful?”  Well, according to multi-instrumental wizard Leila Abdul-Rauf, while it might be like a dream, the answer is a resounding “NO.”  The album is a high-minded journey through ancient philosophy, existentialism, performance art, and much more all wrapped up in dark textures and eerie beauty that showcase her immense talent at a wide variety of musical fields.  Just be careful of how deep you go.

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Rainbows in the Dark: Gridfailure ft. Mac Gollehon — “Dismemberment Cabaret”

We’ve encountered a lot of the…unusual here on Rainbows in the Dark, but I think this one might be the most unusual of them all.  Not that unusual means bad.  It doesn’t inherently imply quality, and (spoiler alert) it doesn’t apply here, but Dismemberment Cabaret, the newest collaboration between harsh noise outfit Gridfailure and uber-prolific trumpet player Mac Gollehon might be the toughest release I’ve ever had to get my mind around in these parts.  To sum it up succinctly would be almost impossible.  The title of the album kind of tells you exactly what you’re getting yourself into.

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Cave Of Swimmers’ Arturo Garcia on new album “Aurora,” efficiency of being a duo, origin of the band’s name, how his drumming career started, and so much more!

Cave Of Swimmers have been around since 2012 and have finally released their debut full length Aurora. And what a surprise it is after two EP’s worth of what could be described as “doom-prog.” This album shifts effortlessly between a Mars Volta meets System of a Down vibe to a thrashtastic Megadeth vibe while giving a world music spin to their particular brand of metal. It’s a mouthful on paper but rest assured it works seamlessly and is an absolute blast to experience.  Head below to get the details of a recent chat between Buke and drummer Arturo Garcia.

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Rainbows in the Dark: Jon Mueller — “Family Secret”

I’ve said it before, but it bears repeating: one of the reasons I love doing this column is for the chance to get a bigger sense of how different types of music is made.  With metal, it has its moments where the boundaries get pushed, and the genre is certainly no stranger to innovators, but oftentimes you need to go pretty far out there to get into some really creative artistic processes.  Even as far out as we have gone, I have never encountered a process quite as unique as Jon Mueller used on his newest release Family Secret.

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Premiere: Neon Scaffold — “Неоновый эшафот”

On October 19th, the split from Neon Scaffold and Gruzja, titled Konflikt, will be released through Devoted Art Propaganda. Today, Nine Circles is excited to offer up the fourth track from that album: Neon Scaffold’s “Неоновый эшафот” (which translates to “Neon Scaffold”). This is a joint effort that will undoubtedly push the limits, as both projects embrace the experimental elements of their aggression. Get a sense of what’s to come immediately after the jump.

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