New Circle Takes the Square Song
2011-08-19 by Elijah Andrew STAFF | 142 Comments
Critically acclaimed post-hardcore/emo act Circle Takes the Square are streaming a new song "Way of Ever Branching Paths" off of their upcoming album, Decompositions: Vol I.

The song is also part of the band's upcoming EP, Rites of Initiation, the first chapter of the larger Decomposition project.

http://www.npr.org/blogs/allsongs/2011/08/19/139781132/circle-takes-the-square-hymn-like-labyrinthine-chaos
Tagged: Circle Takes the Square

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drasticaction74
August 19th 2011
1768 Comments


I like it

iarescientists
August 19th 2011
5863 Comments


pretty rad bday gift

G3N3R1C
August 19th 2011
1945 Comments


maybe i'll listen later. am not pausing The Weeknd for this shit.

Xenophanes
Staff Reviewer
August 19th 2011
10676 Comments


So excited for the new record



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fsharptrit0ne
August 19th 2011
4815 Comments


never thought I'd see the day this article would come

fromtheinside
August 19th 2011
19206 Comments


This isn't real

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Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
August 19th 2011
50960 Comments


I don't know what to feel about this

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qwe3
August 19th 2011
21368 Comments


woah really

Whatsgood
August 19th 2011
177 Comments


"these guys just sound like a shitty number twelve now. song has its moments."

I can see where you're coming from but I'd say it's more like CIRCLE TAKES THE SLUDGE

And personally I love the shit out of it.

Enotron
August 19th 2011
7695 Comments


this sounds fucking great

TheStefan
August 19th 2011
1003 Comments


I really like this song

eternium
August 19th 2011
16340 Comments


Different but fucking awesome.

Enotron
August 19th 2011
7695 Comments


yeah i've always fucked with the metal aspect this band incorporates

TheSpirit
August 19th 2011
18003 Comments


this is pretty great

TheBuzzKiller
August 19th 2011
147 Comments


pretty cool song, will have to listen again later, just got in CTTS a few months ago.

EaglesBecomeVultures
August 19th 2011
5278 Comments


I like everything after the first four minutes

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Leatherneck
August 19th 2011
661 Comments


that was so good it changed my opinion about the band, i'll wait for the release

WoodLawn
August 19th 2011
134 Comments


And so comes more (completely justified) hyperbole.

Band rules. I need to listen to this a bunch more, but so far (unsurprisingly) really digging it.

hesperus
August 19th 2011
185 Comments


Now I see why they're playing with Thou.

Pharoh
August 19th 2011
3325 Comments


its okay...

TheSpirit
August 19th 2011
18003 Comments


its no slam death, that's for sure

paxman
August 19th 2011
4084 Comments


There's no such thing as "completely justified hyperbole." Hyperbole is exaggeration. If this band deserves the acclaim they receive than it is not hyperbole.

Carnifex
August 19th 2011
1918 Comments


Never understood Sputnik's liking for this band.

Counterfeit
August 19th 2011
17819 Comments


well this is an awful birthday present

Counterfeit
August 19th 2011
17819 Comments


its not too bad

Counterfeit
August 19th 2011
17819 Comments


but goddamn i cant take that whiny fucking vegan seriously fuck him

TheSpirit
August 19th 2011
18003 Comments


i'd much rather take the opinion of a LIMP BIZKIT fan hell yeah fred durst

taxidermist
August 19th 2011
7212 Comments


Me gusta.

Counterfeit
August 19th 2011
17819 Comments


fuck yea spirit gets it m/

final verdict 3.5/5 better screamers itd be 4.5 BUT THEY DONE GONE AND FUCKED UP DIDNT THEY

DinoX
August 19th 2011
3582 Comments


aoty

Niels
August 19th 2011
44 Comments


Wow. The song pleasantly surprised me, it's way different from ATRU. That album was brilliant, but progression is a sign of quality.

I love how pretentious they are. Perhaps they like to make themselves sound more intellectual than they are, but at least they're ambitious and it showssss

listening to this on repeat i can't wait for the album anymore oh god

paxman
August 19th 2011
4084 Comments


The vocals killed As The Ruins Undo for me, but it seems they have vastly improved in the seven years since. I may love this.

iFghtffyrdmns
August 19th 2011
7047 Comments


never listened to them, this is pretty cool though....

do they have a girl screaming in there??

elephantREVOLUTION
August 19th 2011
2791 Comments


i really liked that

astrel
August 19th 2011
2614 Comments


I dig it, but the song sounds a bit like they are trying to cram too many ideas into it.

jasonslfl
August 19th 2011
97 Comments


First impressions; pretty good. Some of the drum parts and fills sound really sloppy. I think the mix was a lot better on ATRU. Looking forward to hearing the rest of the new stuff, but this is like Crowquill for me.

Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
August 19th 2011
50960 Comments


do they have a girl screaming in there??

Yep -p-

SinkToTheBeets
August 19th 2011
68 Comments


So. Fucking. Pretentious.

iFghtffyrdmns
August 19th 2011
7047 Comments


so -p-

Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
August 19th 2011
50960 Comments


People need to learn what pretentious means


hykinix
August 19th 2011
188 Comments


^So true...

whywontyoudie
August 19th 2011
3063 Comments


yeah yeah, pretentious, we've heard it a million times before. get over it. song is pretty tight. beginning is a tad bit tedious though.

ohfoxxxycole
August 19th 2011
4353 Comments


trebor isnt it like past tense

Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
August 19th 2011
50960 Comments


Attempting to impress by affecting greater importance, talent, culture, etc., than is actually possessed.

I guess lyrics could be pretentious, but not music itself


DoubtGin
August 19th 2011
6754 Comments


hey this is actually awesome

Trist66
August 19th 2011
148 Comments


It's more enjoyable. Not as good, but... well you know what I mean.

ohfoxxxycole
August 19th 2011
4353 Comments


nah man it means to like do something in the past

ohfoxxxycole
August 19th 2011
4353 Comments


PREtense

Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
August 19th 2011
50960 Comments


The constitution isn't a con, it isn't bad. It should be the prostitution


Static
August 19th 2011
2656 Comments


what the fuck is this shit

ohfoxxxycole
August 19th 2011
4353 Comments


im pro prostitution america fuck yea

djunior
August 19th 2011
834 Comments


Seems like something that will take a few listens to fully grasp, but after a first listen, it's not bad.

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stillill124
August 19th 2011
29 Comments


This one feels really metal.

tkxxx7
August 19th 2011
6159 Comments


paxman doesn't know what "justified" means

theartofdoom
August 19th 2011
254 Comments


so does this mean MJ will come back? By the way song is beyond awesome (as expected)

Crymsonblaze
August 19th 2011
7536 Comments


I expected to comment "why does everyone like this? it's pretty bad"

but actually I kind of liked it. Maybe I should check out ATRU again. It's a little long and really tries to implement too much. Definitely not bad though

TheLodge
August 19th 2011
40 Comments


YES.

opblaaskonijn
August 19th 2011
324 Comments


On first listen it has nothing memorable, but I will listen to it again... when the album is out.


botb
August 19th 2011
9781 Comments


this rules.

Ravenheart
August 19th 2011
3 Comments


lol

boogs
August 19th 2011
228 Comments


I like it. Couldn't really get into ATRU, hopefully I can get into this new album.

ant4tbc
August 19th 2011
373 Comments


song rules

Tulannical
August 19th 2011
2051 Comments


this was sick

G3N3R1C
August 19th 2011
1945 Comments


Listened to a minute of it.

That female vocalist is still annoying as fuck.

flaffy
August 19th 2011
158 Comments


wow

wyankeif1337
August 19th 2011
6739 Comments


cool song.

darkbunny
August 19th 2011
141 Comments


AAAAWWWW YEEEAAAAHHH

Aids
Contributing Reviewer
August 19th 2011
24110 Comments


this will never leave my feed, probably shouldnt even comment...





















oh well

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FearThyEvil
August 19th 2011
12776 Comments


Fucking finally put something out.

Aids
Contributing Reviewer
August 19th 2011
24110 Comments


woah this is actually awesome what the hell? I dont really like atru that much but this is just, woah now

Enotron
August 19th 2011
7695 Comments


yeah despite the weird vocals, i found this had a lot of clarity and was really well composed

Enotron
August 19th 2011
7695 Comments


well executed as well

zrosschristian
August 19th 2011
281 Comments


Song is sick, stop all the hating on this awesome band.

RossWolfe
August 19th 2011
58 Comments


As the user formerly known as MJ, I feel I should comment on this. It is disgraceful that NPR deigned to feature this disgusting piece of "music." Once this vile new album is finally released, I hope that Sputnik has the good sense to feature my review of it.

KotoFtw
August 19th 2011
1077 Comments


I thought this was pretty swell after the first two listens. Hopeful for the new EP or Album or whatever it is.

InFiction
August 19th 2011
3715 Comments


Awesome song. Though I consider 'As The Roots Undo' a classic, so.
Hopeful for future releases.

snerefedsav
August 19th 2011
853 Comments


yes mj is back. ctts has really grown off me. song's not bad but i got bored after like 5 minutes of
it, most of which i was moving around the house anyway

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Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
August 19th 2011
50960 Comments


Fuck off MJ

someguest
August 19th 2011
21438 Comments


wow this is a lot heavier

also, rules

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RossWolfe
August 19th 2011
58 Comments


I don't even know who you are Trebor17. It is clear from your statement, however, that you are of weak moral constitution. Nevertheless, your mind has been trick-fucked by assluck. You will read my review and be enlightened.

Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
August 19th 2011
50960 Comments


Is this guy serious?

someguest
August 19th 2011
21438 Comments


He'll make you look like a trolling noob, Trebor.

Comatorium.
August 19th 2011
4195 Comments


I mean... im not big on atru but this is really fucking cool. it does sound like #12, which is awesome.

paxman
August 19th 2011
4084 Comments


Tkxxx or whatever the hell his/her name is doesn't know what "means" means.

RossWolfe
August 19th 2011
58 Comments


Dear Trebor,

Have you even read my magnificent review of AtRU?

Shut up,
Ross Wolfe

Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
August 19th 2011
50960 Comments


Where can I read it?
I thought it was taken down

Aids
Contributing Reviewer
August 19th 2011
24110 Comments


As the user formerly known as MJ, I feel I should comment on this. It is disgraceful that NPR deigned to feature this disgusting piece of "music." Once this vile new album is finally released, I hope that Sputnik has the good sense to feature my review of it.


holy shit somehow youre more pretentious than this band. you don't like them, we get it, let's move on please

G3N3R1C
August 19th 2011
1945 Comments


if that guy really is MJ, and if MJ really was the person behind that Rembrandt account... i just wanna say: sir, your TDAGARIM review is the greatest thing i've ever read on this site.

LetoAtreides
August 19th 2011
315 Comments


CLOCK WORRRRK WITCH CRAAAAFT

RossWolfe
August 19th 2011
58 Comments


Read it here: http://rateyourmusic.com/collection/MichaelJordan/recent/

Sputnik was too weak to handle my review. the mods deleted countless other reviews of the album as well

you don't really get it, Aids

LetoAtreides
August 19th 2011
315 Comments


Also MJ is totally serious, which makes him a Meta-Troll. He's more dangerous. He has transcended trolldom and taken the reins of the universe.

Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
August 19th 2011
50960 Comments


I not going to read that dogshit of a review

guitarplaya91
August 19th 2011
485 Comments


+1 for NPR

guitarplaya91
August 19th 2011
485 Comments


Drags on WAY too long. Even for a CTTS song.

As the roots undo had much more variation in it. We'll see how this album comes out.

G3N3R1C
August 19th 2011
1945 Comments


+2 for MJ

RossWolfe
August 19th 2011
58 Comments


thanks G3N3R1C and yeah I was also Rembrandt

i wrot e this review of AtRU after my geometric proof one got taken down: http://www.sputnikmusic.com/review/37709/Circle-Takes-The-Square-As-the-Roots-Undo/

yeah

TMobotron
Contributing Reviewer
August 19th 2011
7159 Comments


song rules, not surprised

rasputin
August 19th 2011
14555 Comments


really liked this

i like their 'fuller' sound now

really looking forward to the new material now

Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
August 19th 2011
50960 Comments


Track list with track lengths are on the Wiki page

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rites_of_Initiation

Emim
August 20th 2011
26675 Comments


its a 9 minute song


I'm not streaming a 9 minute song.

How will I live without ctts

wyankeif1337
August 20th 2011
6739 Comments


˙é¥ ¬øø˚≤ î†æß µ∆

Emim
August 20th 2011
26675 Comments


Gesundheit.

Torii
August 20th 2011
820 Comments


Mmmm... I like.

Kris.
August 20th 2011
12513 Comments


oh thank god mjs back

Apollo
August 20th 2011
10373 Comments


Fuck this shit band. This is horseshit.

ITsHxCTOASTER
August 20th 2011
2494 Comments


Oh man, this was fantastic

Enotron
August 20th 2011
7695 Comments


apollo: i've never really gotten why people get angry when they hear music they don't like

cliiint
August 20th 2011
673 Comments


it took ten or more listens of 'creator to cough in' before any ctts material 'clicked' with me so I guess i shouldn't dismiss this as quickly as I'd like to... but right now; meeeeehhhhhhh

Kris.
August 20th 2011
12513 Comments


crater

bye bye credibility

Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
August 20th 2011
50960 Comments


lol


YetAnotherBrick
August 20th 2011
4519 Comments


Song totally destroys, as expected.

Blind
August 20th 2011
427 Comments


that was awesome. totally excited

cliiint
August 20th 2011
673 Comments


typos ruin credibility? haha man im fucked from here on out

Kris.
August 20th 2011
12513 Comments


looks like it

cliiint
August 20th 2011
673 Comments


ANYWAYS, I love as the roots undo but.. honestly I hated it the first few spins so I'll keep listening to the new ep untill it makes sense and completely blows me away.

Obfuscation24
August 20th 2011
3939 Comments


triangle takes the octagon

Obfuscation24
August 20th 2011
3939 Comments


hectagon takes the cylinder

Athom
Staff Reviewer
August 20th 2011
17231 Comments


didn't read any of the comments but im just going to assume the consensus is this is fucking amazing because it is. stoked npr's been covering more heavy music ever since they fell in love with Harvey Milk a while back.

Ire
August 20th 2011
41829 Comments


npr is true again

hellpickle
August 20th 2011
121 Comments


I actually like the song, though I couldn't stand the band before.

Ma.. maybe it's my time to be cool and like CTTS.

everythingwentbetterthanexpected.doc

ShinXetsu
August 20th 2011
605 Comments


Really taken aback by how solid this is.

shablaman54
August 20th 2011
281 Comments


that was really long and drawn out and all over the fucking place... i guess i like it

WatchItExplode
August 20th 2011
3316 Comments


vocals sound fucking tight, hoping for more trippy sound effects on other tracks

sixthgoldenticket
August 20th 2011
1176 Comments


can't wait for tuesday to hear the other songs

this is so good

Veldin
August 20th 2011
1680 Comments


I don't know if it's because it's been seven years, or people on Sputnik are just nit-picky, but there is no reason to dissect one song from the album and then give a final verdict. Anyway, I found the song to be quite enjoyable. I believe Decompositions has the potential to outscore As the Roots Undo. I'm really hoping there's a lot of sludge-influence on the record.

Scoot
August 20th 2011
17916 Comments


it's alright

BallsToTheWall
August 20th 2011
44805 Comments


Critically acclaimed post-hardcore/emo act Circle Takes the Square


Jesus fucking christ. Get over yourself.

IanBandeau
August 20th 2011
45 Comments


I just cannot get into this band anymore. Maybe it has something to do with not being 15.

TheArkitecht
August 20th 2011
1673 Comments


hmm the vocals are better but I'm not fussed, I'll check it out I suppose when it's comes out but I'm not going in with ridiculous expectations.

sniper
August 20th 2011
19079 Comments


got kinda gay halfway through. that was still pretty good though, not as big a mess as i was expecting.

DBlitz
August 21st 2011
1691 Comments


cuute

Pizza
August 21st 2011
687 Comments


solid, looking forward to the album now

RossWolfe
August 21st 2011
58 Comments


Why would anyone listen to this fucking garbage when they could just listen to Bartok. it took ten times as much balls for him to write the Concerto for Orchestra than it took for CTtS to lay this turd. to say nothing of The Miraculous Mandarin

the blood of this generation is so diluted. the nearly-universal degeneration of taste is merely a symptom of this decline

tkxxx7
August 21st 2011
6159 Comments


the blood of this generation is so diluted. the nearly-universal degeneration of taste is merely a symptom of this decline


lol oh ok

tkxxx7
August 21st 2011
6159 Comments


at least they used the word "labyrinthine" instead of "labyrinthian"

tkxxx7
August 21st 2011
6159 Comments


yeah, I like this

Scoot
August 22nd 2011
17916 Comments


speziale is seriously the ugliest fucking man alive

gRINN
August 22nd 2011
9 Comments


This band is the best thing I've ever had grace my ears, fuck it I'm a fanboy. Their scramz are sex their instrumentation is sex, I've literally listened to this over 20 times now and it just gets better with every listen.

I'm the happiest little girl in the world.

RossWolfe
August 22nd 2011
58 Comments


Stravinskii was both uglier and a better composer than Speziale

Shostakovich looked like the kid from A Christmas Story and still he would wipe his ass with this shit band

sexualsoybean
August 22nd 2011
915 Comments


Hey i just got here, are a bunch of people mad about this band yet?

RossWolfe
August 22nd 2011
58 Comments


right here

Gmork89
August 22nd 2011
5575 Comments


Horrible "band".



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