Circledown – Mobius

Casinos usually come to mind when people think of Atlantic City, New Jersey; but betting on Circledown is far from a gamble (pardon the corny pun).  Their EP release Mobius is just a small taste of their hard hitting sound, leaving you – unfortunately – wanting much more.  To oversimplify their style, it’s a bit of a mixed grab bag of Nine Inch Nails, Killswitch Engage, Bullet for my Valentine, and at times even Lincoln Park and Papa Roach.  This said, Circledown definitely adds their own brand to the genre(s) of rockrap, metal, hardcore, and alternative; complete with awesome guitar riffs and screamin’ like a demon vocals.

The first track “HalfStep” starts off with some simple melodic guitar, and doesn’t even take thirty seconds to kick into full gear.  The guitars and chorus come in blasting harder than a twelve gauge shotgun.  The energy is so high it’s easy to miss the lyrics that are obviously drawn from some pretty deep waters.  One of my favorite verses is, “Cutting ties, left misplaced.  Pushed away, leaves no trace.  Giving in to pain inside.  A heavy soul can never fly away.”  After about three minutes in, the song takes on an almost muted and filtered quality – for thirty seconds or so – and then comes back with avengence ‘til the outro.

The other three songs, “AshesFalling”, “Crash”, and “ReConstitute” are packed with even more energy than the first number.  They’re all in the same vein and keep a lyrical consistency.  The screams of both the guitars and vocals complimented by pounding drums and intense bass rhythms make up a groove oriented sound that’s familiar from the genre’s predecessors and yet somehow fresh in its own right.

The band is made up of DioDE on the vocals (as well as DJ and synth), Cansh on the Bass, Reebus on the drums, and Dean with the guitars. They’ve been around for a few years now, and definitely mean business.  Mobius may only be a total of four songs, but  it’s just enough to let everyone know that Circledown is here to kick some ass – including yours.  Look out for these fellas.


~ by carlitoreviews on October 5, 2010.

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