Circle Takes the Square - _As the Roots Undo_
(Robotic Empire, 2003)
by: Xander Hoose (9.5 out of 10)
One of the weirdest hardcore bands I've ran into lately is Circle Takes the Square. I wouldn't go as far as to call them geniuses, but they do have an edge I hadn't heard before. Imagine multi-layered, multi-rhythmic, frenzied hardcore with evil black metal vocals, clean singing, spoken parts, weird guitar tricks and noise parts. Or as an analogy, think of Dillinger Escape Plan doing black metal whilst on acid. _As the Roots Undo_ is without doubt my favourite noisecore album of the year, giving the buyer good value for their money with songs clocking around six to eight minutes (total running time of 44 minutes) and excellent off-beat artwork -- hopefully they'll include the lyrics in the booklet. Instead of rambling on about this album, I can only urge you to go out and buy it as soon as it hits the shelves -- unless you lack a sense of humor and like your music to be linear. If you want to be on the safe side, there's an MP3 of the album on their website.


(article published 24/7/2003)

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