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Rise And Fall - Our Circle Is Vicious
01. Soul Slayer
02. Built on Graves
03. Harm's Way
04. It's a Long Way Down
05. To the Bottom
06. In Circles
07. Het Oog van de Storm
08. Stillborn
09. A Present Tense
10. Knowing
2009 Deathwish Inc.

Reviewed by: Nick   //   Published: 12/9/2009

Two or three weeks ago I found myself in Southern California. Orange County to be exact. With nothing else to do on a Saturday evening, I decided to make a visit to the (semi-) famed Chain Reaction in Anaheim for a hardcore-heavy bill.

It proved to be a fairly uphill battle. After stomaching a few entirely forgettable openers, feeling like the oldest person there (which couldn't have been true -- I'm not that old), and being mystified at the paradox of the suburban OC hardcore kid, I felt rather out of touch with just about everything. Did I simply not "get it" anymore When did this happen

It turned out that the answer was relatively simple; I just had to wait until Rise and Fall took the stage for it to become apparent. The truth is, being a hardcore band on the same line-up as Rise and Fall is like Stephen Hawking challenging Forrest Gump to a game of table tennis. Translation: you're fucked.

Sure, everyone always mutters the line about how "hardcore is saturated," but it's one hundred percent true, making me question my tastes in the process. But give me a band like Rise and Fall -- and hell, I'll sit through as much bullshit as necessary -- and suddenly I don't feel so out of touch.

And with Our Circle Is Vicious, the guys in Rise and Fall have proven that they're more than capable of continually evolving their sound beyond that of an Integrity-influenced metallic hardcore machine. It's still in there, but the best chunk of the record pushes their style into a darker, sparser musical territory.

The examples of this are plentiful. "To the Bottom" locks into a great dirge-like latter half featuring some soulful guitar licks over a rumbling bass groove. "In Circles" takes the experimentation a bit further as clean guitar tone and an electronic effects anchor the expansive track. And "Knowing" provides the most accurate look at the new Rise and Fall, organically shifting between gloomy passages and thick chord progressions. In the world of hardcore, this is about as dynamic as it gets.

By combining the metallic hardcore of their past releases ("It's a Long Way Down" comes to mind) with an ambitiously dark lean, Our Circle Is Vicious proves to be impressively inventive and at least as good as Into Oblivion. I applaud these guys for putting a new spin on a sound that they had already driven to near-perfection. I also wish the best to any local band that gets to open for these dudes when they're on the road. Prepare to be outclassed.

Bottom Line: Into Oblivion was a stellar hardcore record. Now take that relentlessly abrasive sound and work in some darker songwriting in the form of ominous dirges and more expansive structures and the result is Our Circle Is Vicious. This is a winner for sure.

Bredt_   posted 3/3/2010 9:44:40 AM
Are you serious? Every Deathwish release in the last two years sound the exact same, and this album is no exception. This band brings nothing new to the table-- the entire style is utterly watered down. ZzZ.
xLIONOx_   posted 2/25/2010 12:46:56 PM
note: "darker songwriting"
anonymous   posted 2/18/2010 2:15:15 AM
youre a douche. this band is amazing. go to hell. oh and you name dropping piece of shit, go back on to google and learn some more names. you failed on this one dick head.
yea_   posted 2/11/2010 9:34:22 AM
boring band
Bjorn_   posted 1/3/2010 1:42:38 PM
I am a huge gay who likes big black dicks up my tiny butthole.

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