Circle of Contempt
Artifacts in Motion


3.5
great

Review

by Mario Smith USER (4 Reviews)
November 25th, 2009 | 453 replies | 26,550 views


Release Date: 2009 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Technical Death done right.

13 of 13 thought this review was well written

As it stands, doing things completely new doesn’t always acquaint to a engaging listening experience. You don't have to be the newest Dark Tranquility or the new Opeth to turn heads. Matter of a fact, a band doesn’t even have to be a standout in their respective genre. Just write me an album that gets my head moving and I'm good to go. Its more than alright to “burrow” from other successful bands. But one thing is for certain, there at least expected to create and expand on their own signature sound. This is what Finnish 5 piece band Circles of Contempt does right.

Imagine if Meshuggah clones, Born of Osiris and Veil of Maya played breakdowns that don't suck and wrote songs that didn’t try so hard to stand out by incorporating stale melodies and keyboards. Don’t get me wrong breakdowns can add a well needed contrast to the songs overall pacing, but only when done with class. Now you have Circles of Contempt, an up and coming young band that plays a more than adequate blend of technical deathcore with some progressive elements; just to keep things fresh. This combination has been done before, but asks yourself this. Does it matter when the band playing it sounds so damn good?

The vocals don't seal the deal, but the vocalist does have a half decent range. From barely high pitched screeches, to semi- low growls, and the occasional clean singing. CoC vocalist, Riku Haavisto never really goes that high or low, he generally stays in the mid range. In short, his range won’t wow you, but it won’t disappoint. He makes up for his shortcomings by keeping up with the changing tempos and time signatures with ease. The vocals aren’t for everyone, layering is all too present and vocal effects are abundant. Some might even find it hard to get past his somewhat “intrusive” vocal presentation. The band does surprise with the some surprisingly well sung clean verses. Shame you don't hear them often, but when they are used they make for a pleasant break his sporadic, frenzied vocal style. Album standout “Concealed” is a perfect example of said clean vocals.

Instrumentation on this album is not without flaw. Drums remain seemingly “attached” to the guitar riffs. Rarely do they come to life or become their own entity. The way they drums are produced make for a canned sound, they lack that “click” sound. It sounds great, but some may want a more "lifelike" sound. The cymbals are awkwardly placed in the background, sounding muted. Speaking of which, the bass is inaudible except for little sweeps here and there. Appearing full force on occasions only to remind you that the bassist does exist, and he is competent. A Day for Night is one of the songs that the bass is showcased.

The guitar riffs are heavy throughout, with heavy influence on groove. Breakdowns are powerful, and hit hard. The onslaught does occasionally let up though, CoC does like taking a breaking from beating your head in with an onslaught of jackhammer-like poly-metric riffs. This is where the harmonic segments and soft interludes come into play, which are fantastic by the way. The solos, although seldom played, are rich and full of life. The keyboards don’t have that “epic” sound that many bands popularize on. Instead, they do a more then fair job of quelling the storm of brutality without sacrificing heaviness. The trances-like effects are pretty much thrown in to signal that the band is about to do something cool. It would have been nice if they were used for another purpose, besides nice little transitions.

Songs have a high level of playability; there are memorable parts that will have you playing on repeat. Song are rarely predictable, nearly every track is chock full of surprises at every turn. Overall Artifact In Motion makes for a great listening experience. Like any debut there’s always room for growth. Artifact in Motion has successfully laid the foundation for future releases to come. Listing recommended tracks won’t do this album much justice; neither will going any further in depth. This band is full of surprise, It’d be best to listen to this colossal album yourself.


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Se2ondComing
November 25th 2009



178 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Im new, this is my first review. constructive criticism accepted. one question, how do i remove the other review i made of this same album.

Jom
Staff Reviewer
November 25th 2009



2634 Comments


I took care of it. Thanks!

Se2ondComing
November 25th 2009



178 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

thanks, any suggestions to make my review better? and why isn't my profile picture showing up? although it shows up in my profile info

jrowa001
November 25th 2009



8750 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

not a bad band. i liked the few songs ive heard

Jom
Staff Reviewer
November 25th 2009



2634 Comments


thanks, any suggestions to make my review better? and why isn't my profile picture showing up? although it shows up in my profile info


The avatars have to come through the community forums themselves, actually. Go over to http://www.sputnikmusic.com/forums/ and go to your User Control Panel and then click on 'Edit Avatar' in the left-most column.

Roach
November 25th 2009



2149 Comments


JOMBOMBED!








good first, not interested in this at all

Zettel
November 25th 2009



582 Comments


Very good first review, you did a pretty good job.

Se2ondComing
November 25th 2009



178 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

thanks, much appreciated. album kicks ass. I may end up raising my rating. Concealed, Pendulum Swing, and C.O.C. are amazing.

circa923
November 25th 2009



74 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Great first review I was hoping someone would do this album and I agree with almost every point you made. This album is growing on me daily every song is at least pretty good and songs like Nothing Immenient and A Day for Night are just superb.

dansxdead
November 25th 2009



438 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Good review. I enjoyed this cd thoroughly and what you said about the vocals are true, but i find them to be great, but the ep had more vocal range and clean singing.

Se2ondComing
November 26th 2009



178 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

yeah, thanks for the feedback. glad to see people who enjoy this album as much as i do.

asdemonsburn
November 26th 2009



793 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

yet another Sumeriancore band with a few stand-out tracks and potential to be better if it would drop all the chugging

This isn't as good as the new BOO, but it's not bad. The solo in I think Nothing Immenient was amazing

Roach
November 26th 2009



2149 Comments


sumeriancore?

qwe3
November 26th 2009



21353 Comments


http://www.metalsucks.net/2009/11/24/hooray-for-sumeriancore/

so fucking dumb

Roach
November 26th 2009



2149 Comments


nice sputnikmusic.com publicity

to a bunch of fags

qwe3
November 26th 2009



21353 Comments


basically

Se2ondComing
November 26th 2009



178 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

"This isn't as good as the new BOO, but it's not bad. "

Who said the new BOO was good?

avenge the dead
November 26th 2009



21 Comments


Meh, I could take it or leave it.
But in a more actual sense.. I will leave it.

Pebster49
November 26th 2009



2991 Comments


lol, we have music sub-genre labels named after record companys now? oh jeez

Se2ondComing
November 26th 2009



178 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

"Meh, I could take it or leave it. But in a more actual sense.. I will leave it."

damn that was too clever for words lol




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