Circle Takes the Square – “Decompositions: Volume Number One”


Tag: Medium

Release date: 21 December 2012

Circle Takes the Square plays a cluster-bomb of extremely abrasive post-hardcore on their second album in 12 years, Decompositions: Volume Number One. The sprawling song compositions range from 3 to 9 minutes in length, reveling in carefully constructed chaos that leads credence to the “screamo” label (without condescension, mind you). Feedback, chugging bass/rhythm guitars, and tenor/tremolo picking against idiosyncratic time signatures create cacophonous dissonance. Drummer Caleb Collins weaves breathtakingly complex patterns with significant math influence through the guitarists’ trademark oft-changing intricate lines. Bassist Kathleen Stubelek and guitarist Drew Speziale trade vocal duties that describe the “merciless emptiness” of CTtS’s world. They scream like spirits from forests unknown. There’s a confluence of religious imagery, such as in the statement “blessed are the thieves” and a profession of “adoration for the elder gods” in lyricism. A liturgical atmosphere dominates the album, featuring the Dorian, Phrygian, and diminished scales. A loud-fast dynamic occasionally pops up, with crashing guitars immediately followed by whispered vocals and choral backings. This album is long, hard, and worth it. Very, very worth it. Play it when you’re lost and don’t know what to do but they’re coming.

Do for metal!!! Too abrasive for morning shows. Self-released.

All cuts, all clean! Don’t be afraid of those longer tracks.

1. Enter by the Narrow Gates – (6:55)
2. Spirit Narrative – (2:46)
3. Way of Ever-Branching Paths – (8:57)
4. The Ancestral Other Side – (4:27)
5. Prefaced by the Signal Fires – (5:25)
6. A Closing Chapter (Scarlet Rising) – (4:54)
7. Singing Vengeance into Being – (6:48)
8. Arrowhead as Epilogue – (4:24)

RIYL: pg. 99, City of Caterpillar, United Nations, Dillinger Escape Plan, La Dispute, Unsane

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