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The Tenth Circle Of War and Reflection

01. In the Name Of 02. The Reckoning 03. Reinvention 04. Of War and Reflection 05. Oblivion 06. Last Will and Testament 07. Most Honorable Death 08. Condemned 09. Salvation
2006 Bled Out Records
Our score 7


Hardcore, metalcore, thrashcore, mathcore, eurocore, moshcore. In the midst of an infiltration of "core" enthusiasts, it couldn't be more refreshing to sit down and listen to a good old-fashioned metal album. No core, just metal. That's exactly what The Tenth Circle's Of War and Reflection is. Two down-tuned, distorted guitars drive home powerful but complex rhythms on the album's opener, "In the Name Of" and continue to do so throughout the remainder of the album. Although the album doesn't feature an abundant amount of the furious soloing associated with impressive lead guitar work, the track "Of War and Reflection" proves that they are more than capable of doing this. "Last Will and Testament" begins and ends with a groovy death metal riff that sounds Vader influenced but perfectly with the times. As far as pure musicianship goes, the most impressive aspect of the album is undoubtedly the drumming of Tim Yeung (who is no longer with the band), who is best-known for his work in both Hate Eternal and Vital Remains. Yeung's masterful transitions and blast beats of various tempos are sure to appeal to fans of both black metal and Meshuggah. Although I love the overall heaviness of the album, I feel that it lacks a certain sense of diversity. Each song is simply a collection of four or five technical death metal riffs with no bridges or melodic parts to break the sequence. Also, I'm not exactly a fan of the vocals, which sound remarkably similar to those of Lamb of God's Randy Blythe. Although the throaty shouts fit the music well, they leave me bored a few tracks in. Bottom Line: Simply put, The Tenth Circle's debut is a punishing and uncompromising piece of metal that refuses to yield to the "core" fixation of most modern metal acts.


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daikini_ 7/23/2006 9:27:06 PM

first post

anonymous 7/24/2006 2:25:00 AM

holy shit a review that's not by cory

TheReapersSon_ 7/24/2006 5:14:02 AM

I listened to this; I didn't think it was really that bad. The score is respectable.

TheReapersSon_ 7/24/2006 5:33:56 AM

It actually rather reminds me a bit of LOG's earlier material.

TheReapersSon_ 7/24/2006 5:49:37 AM

It's also nice that they provide their whole album up for listening on their website. More f*cking bands need to do this shit.

anonymous 7/24/2006 11:52:37 AM

i agree with TheReaperSon on all three counts

tomdaman_ 7/24/2006 3:27:58 PM

reneGAYed review

anonymous 7/26/2006 9:03:50 PM

Actually, there aren't that many blacks in South Africa

justinbean_ 8/1/2006 1:49:29 AM

this album is boring and unimpressive. disappointing.