The Tenth Circle
Of War And Reflection
2/2/2006 - Review by: Eric Compton
The Tenth Circle - Of War And Reflection - 2005 - Bled Out Records
"Of War And Reflection" is just a brutal piece of work, and one explosive debut album. The Tenth Circle should be turning plenty of heads with this massive assault, hopefully gaining the attention of a label like Earache, Nuclear Blast, or even Roadrunner. They are that good, and their sound isn't too far removed from the more modern tendencies of billboard groups like Lamb Of God or Black Dahlia Murder. Vocally Whitecavage is fairly one dimensional, really using more of a hardcore shout than a deep death rumble. The riffs here are extremely technical, with plenty of tempo changes with stop/start precision. At times the guitars are just a monolith of sound, bordering on walls of pure adrenaline and focused aggression. With this much intensity comes Yeung's human drum machine skills, with plenty of rapid fire double bass that mixes with the smashing riffs to leave the listener in sound shock. Fans of the more modern metal scene will find the sound and mix perfectly in tune with the cutting edge bands dominating MTV2 and Revolver Magazine, while still bridging the gap between old and new.
Bottom Line - The Tenth Circle have created a blistering sonic fury that is pure energy, pure annihilation, and pure attitude. Today's brand of metal starts here!
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