(Victimized by technological unreliability, TheMadIsraeli has been absent from our pages recently, but returns with this review of the new album by Australia’s Circles, which is out today via Basick Records.)
I’m finally back after experiencing another hard-drive crash and trying to get back on my feet with school and all. Thankfully I have all this week off, so expect fuck tons of shit coming your way.
This band, and this album, represent what may very well be the epitome of the dirty word/guilty pleasure/shit you just shouldn’t like as a metalhead. I have three dreaded genre names, and these guys are in all three. Ready?
Djent, Nu metal, and Alt metal.
I know. But bear with me.
I’ve talked about Circles before, when I reviewed their debut EP here on NCS. For me to appropriately address this album I think I need to go into a bit of surmising. It’s safe to say that a lot of metal heads, whether they want to admit it or not, can appreciate a good pop metal record once in awhile (think Mercenary’s Darker Days Ahead, which appeared earlier this year), though more often than not we tend to be unwilling to admit this. Sometimes you just want something that’s heavy enough, but has the hooks and melodies that will stay in your head for days.