Profile: New York’s Dark and Challenging Metallers Imperial Triumphant

Imperial Triumphant
Imperial Triumphant

Happy 4th everyone. Initially, there was a thought of holding this until after the holiday but listening to and experiencing Imperial Triumphant is equivalent to the most dazzling fireworks display ever. So, we rolled with it. The band will be releasing their newest sonic adventure, Vile Luxury, next week via Gilead Media in the US and Throatruiner in Europe. Experiencing Vile Luxury is somewhere along the lines of rolling up to a late night 60s style jazz club and witnessing a collaboration with your favorite black / death metal band. Only, this black / death metal band just happens to be one of the best examples of what avant-garde, progressive, and downright visionary really means. It’s carefully controlled chaos that shines a dark light on their theme of society’s — particularly their own home turf — downfall and through the use of extremely packed song structures they carve a bleak picture yet keep listeners returning for more since there’s simply no way to dissect this beast on one or even ten listens. Even more than that, Vile Luxury is the most cohesive effort from the band to date. Yes, true statement.

I could go on and on but I’m calling it there. Keep an eye out for a full review in the coming days. Until then, we recently had the chance to ask Kenny Grohowski (drums) and Zachary Ilya Ezrin (guitars, vocals) our set of Profile questions to dig a little deeper into the band. Check it out below and be sure to grab your own copy from the links contained within.

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Exclusive Stream: Opusculus – “N”

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On July 21st Opusculus will see a reissue of their debut full length album titled Consonant and today we are thrilled to bring you a fresh sample from this release titled simply “N“. The original version of this album dropped way back in 2011 (and you can check it out here), so there’s no doubt that a reimagining of this work is something to look forward to. But it’s not simply just going to be a fresh take on old songs, there will certainly be more to it than that. Check out all the details after the jump. Continue reading

Rainbows in the Dark: Interview Edition – Nick Skouras

Nick Skouras
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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Album Review: Brain Tentacles – “Brain Tentacles”

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Even if after several spins of Brain Tentacles jazz/doom/grind/avante-garde debut Brain Tentacles you still have no idea what’s going on there is little doubt you’ll be humming the rhythms and bass lines for days afterwards. This band is a power trio that doesn’t act like a power trio, rather they act like a metal version of a jam band that took a triple hit of acid and listened to Miles Davis or Ornette Coleman for way too long. This, of course, is a compliment as they triumphantly venture into a niche that very few have ever done successfully. Continue reading

Rainbows in the Dark: Eero Koivistoinen Quartet – “Hati Hati”

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Welcome to Rainbows in the Dark! This is a new series where we take the odd moment to indulge in our non-metal listening interests and share our thoughts with you. Could be new stuff, could be old stuff, but it’ll always be something out of the ordinary. Or at least, out of our ordinary. So that being said, let’s broaden our horizons a bit and get into it, shall we? Continue reading