Circle Of Contempt
Entwine The Threads


3.5
great

Review

by Robert Garland CONTRIBUTOR (194 Reviews)
December 18th, 2012 | 130 replies | 16,035 views


Release Date: 2012 | Tracklist

Review Summary: EP’s are meant to be short… and it’s a shame

It seems that music has an ever need to grow, to develop, to change. However not all things are described so easily. Why do we have a fish with legs? How can animals exist on both land and water? And why, why is coke such an excellent marinade for steak? It seems odd that the metal community crave the ‘new’ and ‘innovative’ looking for the next big things that’s not a clone of its fellows. Circle of Contempt may not be any of those two things (let’s face it – they’re not) but they have progressed and matured into a working force of the death metal community. This Finland act bring the ‘junz’ everyone in the metal community despises and creates a vibrant display of instrumental talent coupled with some excellent song writing on this quality, yet brief release.

The best thing to take away from this release it its promise of things to come; A change of vocalist allows for the mid screams to have a greater impact on the casual listener. Denis Hautaniemi displays a strong vocal performance not unlike his predecessor, but the change works for the group and where the listener has prior Circle Of Contempt releases under their belt it shows a slightly fresh approach on top of some already solid vocal patterns. Don’t misunderstand this of course; it still has a largely Artifacts In Motion soundscape on which to build on but it’s easy to see that the band has simply matured on this short release and shows that this act is willing to mature even further. As for the EP, Entwine the Threads shows the listener that you don’t have to be innovative to be engaging. This release could be considered a natural movement for which the band highlights their strong writing talent and steady vocals. It’s not the best release of the year and its brevity is a little disturbing, rest assured however that it will keep fans at bay until the next full length.

Keyboards and slight synth sections make an appearance from time to time adding that level of contrast to prevent the listeners’ attention from waning, thickening the records texture and reinforcing another element in this already vibrant EP. These features are used just enough to make an impression without becoming an integral part of the music where it would destroy the flow and break away the impact of Circle of Contempt’s impressive display of musicianship. Genre stigma aside this short release is a quality sign of things to come. For those who find it necessary to hop on the hate ‘bandwagon’ for music with breakdowns and the aforementioned ‘junz’ they may just need to check this out. Where acts like Born Of Osiris and The Faceless have largely lost their appeal Circle of Contempt may just fill the void. Some ideas do come at a price, this is shown in the final track of the EP ‘Perceive the Mendacity’ where ideas are roughly thrown together and create a minimal tempo issue. The riffs get lost between some stale melodic passages and keyboard sections but still manage to show off the band’s thought process. Overall coming in at the end of 2012 Circle Of Contempt’s Entwine the Threads does come together quite well. Despite the recordings length there is still plenty to listen on, and where does the band go from here? Hopefully in the same vein - building on this already solid platform and reinforcing that already mentioned maturing process.



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NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
December 17th 2012



6736 Comments


I know; two reviews one day - but I was asked to do it.

DotEight
December 17th 2012



5434 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Yay :D

NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
December 17th 2012



6736 Comments


Also about the tracklisting is that down because of Sputnik's editing bug?

AfterTheBreakdown
December 17th 2012



7106 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

love this. Thanks for reviewing it.

NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
December 17th 2012



6736 Comments


No problem, ,It was Dot who got me to do it lol.

bloc
December 17th 2012



34502 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

The band's execution of angular riffing, melodic leads, and abundant synths is extremely enjoyable. Probably second only to how BOO sounded on A Higher Place.

However, I don't see myself listening to this very often in the future.

Digging: He Is Legend - I Am Hollywood

NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
December 17th 2012



6736 Comments


Hey it's a bloc : ]

bloc
December 17th 2012



34502 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Hey now Ipod, I'm always around.

Spec
December 17th 2012



26848 Comments


new coc? i better jump on that

NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
December 17th 2012



6736 Comments


Yeah but I only see you on these kinds of threads. It's good Spec, a little short though.

NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
December 17th 2012



6736 Comments


Yeah but I only see you on these kinds of threads. It's good Spec, a little short though.

Spec
December 17th 2012



26848 Comments


get it? coc like cock el oh fucking el

bloc
December 17th 2012



34502 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Haha, they're the only threads where I can offer some meaningful input. Anywhere else, it's "This rules" or "This sucks" pretty much.

NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
December 17th 2012



6736 Comments


I guess that explains why you've got 30k commens. Do you like this or do you prrefer the older stuff?

bloc
December 17th 2012



34502 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I gotta say the older stuff for sure. It's much more raw and definitely has a lot more emotion.

Spec
December 17th 2012



26848 Comments


Uh oh. I don't like the sound of that.

NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
December 18th 2012



6736 Comments


Uh oh. I don't like the sound of that.

Which bit?



NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
December 18th 2012



6736 Comments


Can someone add tracklist and release date for me? Sucks doing it on my phone ( bad things happen) please.

NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
December 18th 2012



6736 Comments


Can someone add tracklist and release date for me? Sucks doing it on my phone ( bad things happen) please.

MikeC26
December 18th 2012



3084 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

The keyboards rule.



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