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Breaking the Circle / Blog

Extended Biography

Officially founded in May of 2009, Breaking the Circle was the creation of singer, songwriter, and guitar mastermind Mike Rhodes... After a long and dark period of musical silence, Mike emerged, awakened with a new sense for life and a passion for music he'd not seen since his first band went their separate ways shortly after the turn of the century. Like never before, Mike furiously began writing, and quickly recruited several friends to join him in bringing the music to life. In the fall of 2009, a concept for an album had taken shape... And just before heading to the studio, due to an unfortunate series of events, the band all but fell apart... Saddened, but not entirely phased by this, Mike pressed forward and recorded the entire album himself... The result was a 2 part concept album entitled "The Fall of Monogamy and the Rise of Autonomy". Although various demo versions of it have appeared online in digital format, it has yet to be officially released...(mainly due to tie-ups with the record executives) The summer of 2010, brought new hope to the band, as old members returned and a new drummer, Zach Duryea, joined the group. Pulling from progressive influences that include Pink Floyd and Muse, and also sharing in Mike's desire to find a "new sound", Zach was a perfect fit. After much experimentation, the sound they were looking for was finally discovered... On a dark and stormy night, one Sunday in late November, Mike and Zach were hard at work in the Black Attic... The sound in the attic that night seemly came out of nowhere, and was enough to give one chills... The result.... a song called "Dark Carnival"... and the bands second album had its title. It is currently being recorded and set for an official release in early Spring of 2011...