Circle Takes The Square
Rites of Initiation


1.5
very poor

Review

by RossWolfe USER (1 Reviews)
August 25th, 2011 | 227 replies | 26,591 views


Release Date: 2011 | Tracklist

Review Summary: If this album is a labyrinth, then consider me Theseus. I know I shouldn't have featured this but I did because lol.

38 of 85 thought this review was well written

Overture

Rites of Initiation documents the ill-lit, inward-leading, forever-winding pathways that eventually take hold, on a search for the authentic in an increasingly artificial world. When the boundaries between thinking and knowing, dreaming and waking, living and dying all begin to blur, a terrifyingly primal vision begins to bleed through the fragile veil of consensus perception. To surrender to it, embracing the other side is our ‘rite of passage’. We’ve crafted these songs in an attempt to sing that Transition into being.” – Drew Speziale.

“The jargon of authenticity, which sells self-identity as something higher, projects the exchange formula onto that which imagines that it is not exchangeable; for as a biological individual each man resembles himself. That is what is left over after the removal of soul and immortality from the immortal soul.” Theodor Adorno, The Jargon of Authenticity (1964). Pg. 76.

Rites de passage are found in all societies but tend to reach their maximal expression in small-scale, relatively stable, and cyclical societies, where change is bound up with biological and meteorological rhythms rather than with technological innovations…On the whole, initiation rites, whether into social maturity or cult membership, best exemplify transition, since they have well-marked and protracted marginal or liminal phases…The transitional-being or ‘liminal persona’ is defined by a name and by a set of symbols. The same name is very frequently employed to designate those who are being initiated into very different states of life. For example, among the Ndembu of Zambia the name mwadi may mean various things: it may stand for ‘a boy novice in circumcision rites,’ or a ‘chief-designate undergoing his installation rites,’ or, yet again, ‘the first or ritual rites’ who has important ritual duties in the domestic family. Victor Turner, “Betwixt and Between: The Liminal Phase of the Rites de Passage,” The Forest of Symbols (1964). Pgs. 95-96.

“Finally, if one also considers excision of the clitoris, perforation of the hymen, section of the perineum, and sub-incision, it becomes apparent that the human body has been treated like a simple piece of wood which each has cut and trimmed to suit him.” Arnold van Gennep, “Initiation Rites,” Rites of Passage (1914). Pg. 72.


The ideological content of this album can best be explained by the image of Joseph Campbell buttfucking Carl Jung, all taking place atop a stinking mound of chickenshit accumulated from Drew Speziale’s pet silky hens, which he plans to use as compost for his wretched New Age permaculture garden.

Enter By The Narrow Gates

ooh-ha-ha-ooh-ha…ooh-ha-ha-ooh-haha…ooh-ha-ha-ooh-ha…A crash. Drew Speziale’s chanting voice. The darkness…ooh-ha-ha-ooh-ha…ooh-ha-ha-ooh-haha…ooh-ha-ha-ooh-ha…A droning wall of distortion. “These dreams of Thunder displace, Dismantled spirit's burnt bare” ooh-ha-ha-ooh-ha…ooh-ha-ha-ooh-haha…ooh-ha-ha-ooh-ha… “Every noise indistinctly perceived gives rise to corresponding dream-representations; the rolling of thunder takes us into the thick of battle, the crowing of a cock may be transformed into human shrieks of terror, and the creaking of a door may conjure up dreams of burglars breaking into the house.” (Freud, The Interpretation of Dreams, 1901)…ooh-ha-ha-ooh-ha…ooh-ha-ha-ooh-haha…ooh-ha-ha-ooh-ha…Wow, I can’t believe it. This track alone is better than anything Circle Takes the Square did on As the Roots Undo…“Now my footsteps take precedence as the traffic sounds fade, And this city's lungs have purged their last breath. I'm held captive at the curb before the World's End Lane”…ooh-ha-ha-ooh-ha…ooh-ha-ha-ooh-haha…ooh-ha-ha-ooh-ha…Wait. What the fuck are these spoken word parts? Jesus Christ this sucks…nooooooooo…ooh-ha-ha-ooh-ha…ooh-ha-ha-ooh-haha…ooh-ha-ha-ooh-ha…

Spirit Narrative

So yeah this is a fastfuck, a blunderfuck indeed. There is confusion and chaos. THIS CANNOT BE. I MUST GIVE FORM TO THE SHAPELESS VOID, MOLD THIS PRIMAL APEIRON.

The song emerges out of the last song. Wow, that’s pretty deep, you know, having everything tied together like that. It really suggests that each track is just a fragmentary part of a grand cohesive whole.

What a cheap trick. Charlatanry all of it. Smoke and mirrors. Buffoonery. Knavery. Buttfucking complicity.

“Demiurges running free.
Arcing archangels-
Only resonate out of sympathy”


What do you even know of the Platonic demiurge, Mr. Speziale? Where were you when Timaeus was presenting his cosmology? Yours is a metaphysics of dunces.

Thank god this song is over quickly.

The Way of Ever-Branching Paths

“‘Way of Ever-Branching Paths’ has the most labyrinthine structure of the songs on Rites of Initiation, and the lyrics were largely inspired by all those twists and turns. We realized about halfway through writing it that we were building a maze of notes and riffs. We wanted to add another dimension to that hallway of mirrors by referencing the creative and emotional challenges that arose throughout the process of completing our record. I think most of the difficulties we experienced were probably some of the universal mile-markers on a path toward creative expression, and I started to look at the parallels between the ‘artistic journey’ and the ‘rites of passage’ utilized by many long-standing cultures and traditions. Those ideas filtered into the four tracks that make up the new EP.” – Drew Speziale

If this album is a labyrinth, then consider me Theseus. I alone possess the Ariadne’s thread to make it through this album and emerge unscathed. “Theseus made himself master of the harbour, disembarked his men, and got to Gnossus before his enemies were aware of his approach. Then joining battle with them at the gate of the Labyrinth, he slew Deuca lion and his bodyguard. And since Ariadne was now at the head of affairs, he made a truce with her, received back the youthful hostages, and established friendship between the Athenians and the Cretans, who took oath never to begin hostilities.” Plutarch, Lives. Pg. 42.

This track is still going on? What the fuck?

ʇɥbıן ɟo ɹǝʞɐɯ

The Ancestral Other Side

In the track “The Ancestral Other Side,” Speziale makes tacit reference to the ancient notion of the oroboros, the snake or dragon eating its own tail while simultaneously regenerating itself from the sustenance provided thereby. For many primitive cultures, this is a symbol of boundlessness, or infinity. Speziale sings:

“Through fevered visions,
Silence devouring its own tail.”


Carl Jung, one of the popularizers of the symbol of the uroboros:

The formula reproduces exactly the essential features of the symbolic process of transformation. It shows the rotation of the mandala, the antithetical play of complementary (or compensatory) processes, then the apocatastasis, which the alchemists expressed through the symbol of the uroboros.

˙soɹoqoɹo ǝɥʇ ɟo ɯsıןoqɯʎs ǝɥʇ oʇ ǝɯɐ" ʇı uǝɥʍ pǝʌıǝ"ǝp ɥʇoq ǝɹǝʍ 'uuɐɯnǝu ɥ"ıɹǝ 'ǝןdı"sıp sıɥ puɐ bunظ

………………………………………… ……………horseshit
………………………………………… ………………than this
………………………………………… …………………is better
………………………………………… ……………………poetry that
…………………………………………its own………………… 8th grade
…………………………………………eating…………………… i’ve read
…………………………………tail, but……… the snake…………metaphor?
………………………………rather that…………that of……………call that a
……………………………of me……………………is not…………on now. you
………………………sucking my…………………oroboros………really? come
……………………own dick……………………of the……………of empathy.”
………………sucking my……………………image…………… “black holes
…………………own dick………………the true………………in antiquity.
……………………sucking my………………………………that exists
………………………own dick…………………………of infinity
…………………………in an endless………………true symbol
……………………………cycle of………………the only
………………………………autofellatio,which is


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Comments:Add a Comment 
RossWolfe
August 25th 2011



58 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

took a while for me to get the formatting on this right

acorncheese
August 25th 2011



7119 Comments


review looks like a page out of House of Leaves

FreePizzaDay
August 25th 2011



1526 Comments


Review looks like Drew Speziale naked.

FreePizzaDay
August 25th 2011



1526 Comments


Trust me I know these things.

Drsmith4
August 25th 2011



1712 Comments


ROTY.

I pos'd.

fromtheinside
August 25th 2011



17714 Comments


You have way way way too much time on your hands mj

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Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
August 25th 2011



30882 Comments


Buttfucking complicity has been gone for far too long

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IrishJay91
August 25th 2011



688 Comments


this meets expectations.

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
August 25th 2011



30882 Comments


I think I'm getting nostalgic

RossWolfe
August 25th 2011



58 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

thanks. The only thing I think I might change about this review is to add to the spiral section. maybe double it.

How've you been Deviant, anyway? probably best user taste on the site

LetoAtreides
August 25th 2011



315 Comments


"The ideological content of this album can best be explained by the image of Joseph Campbell buttfucking Carl Jung, all taking place atop a stinking mound of chickenshit accumulated from Drew Speziale’s pet silky hens, which he plans to use for his wretched New Age permaculture garden."

Honestly, as much as I disagree with you about CTtS's music, this is not only spot-on but also hilarious. You earned a pos and some respect as far as I'm concerned.

wabbit
August 25th 2011



6978 Comments


Battle not with monsters, lest ye become a monster, and if you gaze into the abyss, the abyss gazes also into you.

Ire
August 25th 2011



41749 Comments


1.5 that means mj enjoyed this

Iluvatar
Staff Reviewer
August 25th 2011



16081 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

more reviews not reviewing music

mj is back

Iluvatar
Staff Reviewer
August 25th 2011



16081 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

and why do they gotta be white periods, you gotta problem with blacks???

cinaedus
August 25th 2011



26298 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

ugh, i can't stop myself from 4-ing this

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Iluvatar
Staff Reviewer
August 25th 2011



16081 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

i only review musicals

psykonaut
August 25th 2011



3913 Comments


i was kind of disappointed at first but the uroboros/autofellatio bit was pretty much amazing

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
August 25th 2011



30882 Comments


I think Downer might self destruct over this

Xenophanes
Emeritus
August 25th 2011



10585 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Still better than Chan's soundoff.

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