Circle of Contempt
Entwine the Threads


3.5
great

Review

by Rafael Moreira USER (11 Reviews)
December 18th, 2012 | 23 replies | 1,583 views


Release Date: 2012 | Tracklist

Review Summary: After 3 years since their debut LP, Circle Of Contempt come back strong with another relentless, dynamic release.

3 of 3 thought this review was well written

The year of 2009 saw a new Sumerian Records band arise from the cold lands of Finland. Embracing a very technical brand of Metal, Artifacts In Motion was fast, intriguing and downright amazing. It was something unlike I had ever heard (and quite honestly, it still is). The album took its’ time to sink in, mainly due to the odd tempos and blatantly weird rhythms, but was well worth it when it did. Upon the release of Entwine The Threads one would logically expect more of the same chaotic and relentless Technical Deathcore; case made that Risto-Matti Toivonen (the band’s main songwriter) is still around doing his thing. 2009 Circle Of Contempt is there, there’s no mistaking it. Yet and still, COC’s new effort plays slightly safer and shows a bigger focus in melodic/groovy elements quite often, and the almost constant use of synth has most of that part covered and assured – Something that makes Entwine The Threads the band’s most accessible release to date.

There’s never enough stating when it comes to the fact that Circle Of Contempt are a talented young bunch. It seems that they have grown some kind of allergy to minimalism. Entwine The Threads comes as complex and diverse as we could expect anything to ever come from these guys by now and Risto-Matti may as well be considered one of the biggest masterminds in modern Metal today. Besides having a more Djenty feel to them, the guitars remain a challenge to follow. Intricate riffs that fit the even more intricate tempos, fast breakdowns, and quite often, some well delivered solos. The homonym track and Perceive The Mendacity hold some of the best examples of catchy/skilled interventions from the guitars. And don’t get me started on how good Transient Belief sounds throughout. That’s pretty much the only track I could see fit of belonging to AiM, not for its’ quality (which is a constant in the whole EP), but for the way it sounds and feels overall; it's a high quality display of melodic riffs from the guitars, reminiscent of what the band has achieved in a few tracks from their previous album. But there’s much more involved; in addition to the guitars threading like mighty beasts, so do the drums, which stand as the true highlight of the album when it comes to individual effort. JP’s drumming remains some of the most precise and complex I’ve ever come across, most probably because like the rest of the band, he also has that allergy to minimalism. If on Artifacts In Motion he didn’t spare his hits, he surely didn’t spare any hits here either. I wouldn’t be doing much pointing out some of the drum’s best inputs, they slay throughout the whole album. Unfortunately, the bass that once remained an essential presence to the band’s sound is pretty much asleep throughout Entwine The Threads. It’s still there, but only this time it doesn’t go beyond keeping the mix together.

Onward to the vocals; I’m pretty sure this is largely subjective, but I stand by saying that the band’s previous vocalist was a better fit. It’s clear that the whole mix (overall) is not as raw as heard in their previous album (although it’s still a pretty excellent job by Sami), and perhaps that doesn’t add the fact that the new singer feels a little rid of emotion compared to the man whose shoes he filled in for. Nonetheless, he makes quite a good start with the band, and does a great job overall. As stated before, the synthesized sounds play a big role on Entwine The Threads, as they are used and highlighted quite often. How successfully they play such role, that’s discussable. Circle Of Contempt heavily relied on the use of synth, getting some great results most of the time, and some confusing results some other (fewer) times. Chances are the average listener will get over the minimal issues presented on the synth inputs, and that’s perfectly justifiable when you have moments like the one you find on To Entitle Vacancy by the half of the second minute. Sweet mother of synth.

How does Entwine the Thread hold overall? The answer is clear; It holds up as expected - very well. This would be an understatement if it wasn’t for the rather painfully short running time. It’s an EP, so we shouldn’t expect much more than these 19 minutes. But after pretty much eclipsing everything else on Sumerian records, COC were expected to unleash the beast and claim the title that is righteously theirs; instead, they went for a more accessible release, and lost some oomph on the way. Having that stated, the EP still works its’ magic the way it was intended to, and provides you with some amazing moments.
In conclusion, Entwine The Threads is one great release. If you’re familiar with the band’s previous work, this does live up to the band’s name by now. If you’re not, I highly recommend you go through this EP first, and only then, through Artifacts In Motion. Anyhow, if you like fast paced, chaotic but consistent Deathcore, you’d be a complete fool to pass on this album. These are 5 tracks that will keep our mouths watering until the day comes that COC releases another album. Let’s hope they don’t cure their allergy to minimalism, and that they don’t take as long as 3 years to release their next album. This is one of the most talented bands alive, and the constantly growing fan base demands more.



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sspedding
December 18th 2012



4751 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

great job with the review. EP is really good. Pos

TheMoreira
December 18th 2012



6961 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Ok guys, so here it is, my take on the new EP by Circle Of Contempt. As usual, share your thoughts on the EP and my writting.

Here's the album teaser:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0ZHvO17sZ30

And for those interested, it seems the band's momentum is building!:

http://www.facebook.com/circleofcontemptofficial/posts/10151201247323857?ref=notif¬if_t=like

Spread the word, support the band, enjoy.

Digging: Vinterbris - Solace

TheMoreira
December 18th 2012



6961 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Thank you very much sspedding. It is!

DotEight
December 18th 2012



5476 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Good review, but those rec's to the side... do they all have to be Sumeriancore? Like VoM and AtB
sound nothing like this band.

TheMoreira
December 18th 2012



6961 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Thanks. Oh yeah, i was at work and couldn't think of anything better on a few seconds notice, ill probably change that, or not. What bands would you put?

DotEight
December 18th 2012



5476 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Just put some melo death bands on here. I know CoC doesn't fit the profile but close enough. Put like TDBM - Nocturnal or like Substructure.

TheMoreira
December 18th 2012



6961 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Yeah i was thinking about Spawn Of Possession or even Necrophagist, but then again i dont actually listen to that stuff. Yet, lol. I think The Discovery and CoC previous effort are a pretty good fit though. Even ATB. Ill see about that tomorrow, its late here, me sleepy.

NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
December 18th 2012



6942 Comments


Solid review, but a pointer if I may

And don’t get me started on how good Transient Belief sounds throughout.

As a reviewer, especially as critical as the Sputnik community is - you kind of need to avoid these sentences. It's more-or-less your job to get started on how good Transient Belief sounds throughout. The afterthought (side-note) you had directly after this could be combined with the first statement in order to back up your argument of a) How good the track is and b) Why you think this track deserves this attention.

Also it looks like you have a spacing error in your last paragraph.

You get a pos anyway. And the info that you actually helped me to get the feature ; p S thankyou lol. Hope this helps.

AfterTheBreakdown
December 19th 2012



7106 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

i really like the drumming on this.

TheMoreira
December 19th 2012



6961 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

@ Ipod, cheers man, yeah i get it. Idk i tried to make a point with saying "dont get me started on how good transient belief sounds throughout", but the side note thing yea i could have fixed it better. Will do though. Thank you very much for the pointer and the pos. Again, it's all good, enjoy the feature man. Glad i helped someone actually

ChuckyTruant
December 19th 2012



15707 Comments


define weird tempo

no such thing as a weird tempo. tempo is a tempo

Digging: Fallujah - The Flesh Prevails

TheMoreira
December 19th 2012



6961 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Weird, so odd it gets hard to keep up, so odd it almost makes no sense. Strange, non linear. You know exactly what i mean lol.

NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
December 19th 2012



6942 Comments


I know it's bowing your statement well out of proportion, but; imagine a review that had a summary of: It's good, but don't get me started on how good it is. Pretty detailed review yeah?

TheMoreira
December 19th 2012



6961 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Lulz yea i understand what you're saying. T'was just an expression though

ChuckyTruant
December 19th 2012



15707 Comments


Ahh ok yea I got you. But I think you need to say rhythm instead of tempo

TheMoreira
December 19th 2012



6961 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Well, that actually makes for a clearer approach. Will change, thank you Chuck!

ChuckyTruant
December 20th 2012



15707 Comments


no problem man

nice review pos

AfterTheBreakdown
December 20th 2012



7106 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

both ep and full length are excellent.

TheMoreira
December 20th 2012



6961 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Cheers Chuck.

The drummer is sick, he's just amazing. Yeah well both releases are great, but AiM is just otherworldly good. Been thinking about pumping it up to a 4.5.

Nocturnal
March 30th 2014



1329 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

THis release and band are so good. Excellent review as well.



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