Circle Takes the Square
Decompositions: Volume Number One


5.0
classic

Review

by Idioteque USER (8 Reviews)
December 22nd, 2012 | 312 replies


Release Date: 2012 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Masters of apocalyptic punk return after the end of the world with a vengeance

Well, it’s here. After eight long years, Circle Takes the Square have finally unleashed their sophomore tour de force on the world, gaining the much-coveted title of Second Longest Anticipated Album of Twenty-Twelve (Wintersun’s Time is our obvious overall victor). Now, attempting to directly address the music is, as you probably know if you have actually listened to it, a futile endeavour; it has been specifically written in order to be as obscure, coded, convoluted and generally unlistenable as possible, so writing a review to explain it would be akin to slapping the band right in the face (and although reading Speziale’s smug, oh-so-eloquent lyrics makes this seem tempting, I am a loyal fanboy through and through, so I will refrain from writing such a rude passage). Instead, I will tackle a much more important issue; that of the first impression.

The artwork is, as ever, excellent – and let’s be honest, about half the band’s fans are only onboard because of the artwork; given the choice between staring at deep, meaningful images and listening to music that does its absolute best to simulate what would happen if an earthquake was combined with a swarm of hornets that had been combined with an deleted scenes video from an extreme adult film, who wouldn't take the first option in order to be able to associate themselves with the honoured kings and queen of the hyperbole mound? Although the red crescent on the left seems a little naff amidst Speziale’s customary detail (maybe it would have been better if they had taken another year off to work in it), the rest is nice and the inclusion of antlers is always worth respect.

The music is completely impossible to describe unless you look at it this way; think of As the Roots Undo as a young orchard, newly planted and full of virgin trees, chaste blossoms and trippy raccoons that ran around the roots all day long. Now, imagine that this orchard was left alone for a century or two (funny, huh) and that the trees grew really tall but became twisted and dark, blocking out all the light below and giving a generally hostile, alien impression to anyone that happened to pass by. The flowers wither, die and decompose, and the raccoons either lose the will to live and leap from the highest branches of the trees and die or suddenly become ravenously hungry and eat each other, until eventually only one raccoon is left, which becomes known as the Illustrious Epoch of Enlightened Might and lives in an enlarged rabbit hole, where it is attended day and night by a troupe of badger table-dancers. This is the world of Decompositions Volume One, and although it’s weird as ****, it’s a good place to crash when you’re feeling down.



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speedkills1995 (4)
Circle Takes the Square pound out a new album filled to the rims with fury and complete evisceration...

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Devoured, digested, cast out...Decompose....

Martin L. (3.5)
Like clockwork witchcraft / One must suffer to pass / Suffer to Pass...


Comments:Add a Comment 
IdiotequeCigar
December 21st 2012


402 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Don't ask me why; I speak truth

Niels
December 21st 2012


43 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

wait what

IdiotequeCigar
December 21st 2012


402 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Just pos me

Kris.
December 21st 2012


12429 Comments


are you fucking kidding me

this has been out for literally an hour and 10 minutes

demigod!
December 21st 2012


45005 Comments


HYPE

Digging: Autechre - LP5

johnnydeking29
December 21st 2012


9452 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Pos just for the speed

Digging: Warren of Ohms - The Wolf and The Fox

sixdegrees
December 21st 2012


17562 Comments


so it begins

demigod!
December 21st 2012


45005 Comments


predicting 2130 pages by new years

Niels
December 21st 2012


43 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

funny how the first review is an hour after release if you consider the time it took them to create it

IdiotequeCigar
December 21st 2012


402 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Well, I've waited 8 years to review this, so I thought I'd make up for lost time

auberginedreams
December 21st 2012


6066 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

yeah this is kind of ridiculous but 5/9 of the songs were previously released and the rest are pretty similar so there's that.

Digging: Heaven In Her Arms - Duplex-Coated Obstruction

Janeeet
December 21st 2012


355 Comments


this is so gay i mean fuck off fanboys

johnnydeking29
December 21st 2012


9452 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Dude, read the review; this guy probs hasn't even streamed it yet

Janeeet
December 21st 2012


355 Comments


except you johnny

IdiotequeCigar
December 21st 2012


402 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Of course I haven't streamed it; why the fuck would I actually listen to this?

auberginedreams
December 21st 2012


6066 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

"Now, imagine that this orchard was left alone for a century or two (ironic, huh)"

i get the joke you're trying to make but that's not irony.

Janeeet
December 21st 2012


355 Comments


all i remember was idiotequecigar said something really stupid to me once and i havent forgiven him since so fuck you i hope u get banned forever

johnnydeking29
December 21st 2012


9452 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

"except you johnny"
Love you
"why the fuck would I actually listen to this?"
If it wasn't for the fact that this review is almost as classic as the album, you'd be dead by now

Janeeet
December 21st 2012


355 Comments


i mean lmao

http://www.sputnikmusic.com/list.php?memberid=670553&listid=93605

not even close to being funny

Havey
December 21st 2012


9758 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Now, imagine that this orchard was left alone for a century or two (ironic, huh)


i don't think you understand what irony is



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