Dead Letter Circus
Dead Letter Circus


4.0
excellent

Review

by CaptainHadouken USER (22 Reviews)
March 15th, 2013 | 13 replies | 2,466 views


Release Date: 2007 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Progressive-alternative is only a light term.

1 of 1 thought this review was well written

Dead letter circus is one mystery of a band. The first encounter with this band during listens of This is a warning made questions instantly come up. "How the hell is this as good as it is?" and "Is there anything to even describe this?"
Going back to look into any possible previous material, Dead Letter Circus Came into my hands. If was different, but the same time, telling how this was a blueprint to their debut was easy.

The six song EP spans a little over 24 minutes. What was most appealing is the songs and length feel exactly right. The order seems a little scattered. Listening to this EP was like a Upper/Downer experience. Starting with The Mile, which has steady rhythm and a fast pace, it gets the hype going. Following that is Lines, Which honestly slowed down the pace a bit. Disconnect and Apply Picks the pace back up, and then Are we closer goes back to slow, then picks up mid song again. If this a terrible thing? Absolutely not. The way the EP is structured could have be slightly better. However the songs are well worth the listen.

Every song on here was well produced. The Upper/Downer feel to it had the negative to the structure, but a positive toward diversity." Progressive-alternative" is only a light term to describe the overall feel and sound of the EP. The sound balance between the instruments and vocals is very impressive considering this is an earlier release. The guitar hooks and bass lines compliment each other very well, as do the drums. Alien, The over six minute ending track to the EP, is a great example of great balancing and the way Dead Letter Circus structures their individual songs. Lines is a very slow but complex song that showcases a great example of vocal range and tone. The Mile and Disconnect and Apply Are the fast paced songs of the albums. To be honest, while they have a different feel in speed and tone, at the same time it fits well with the rest of the songs. The lead singer's vocals are high, and i mean HIGH. Some people may find this annoying. After a few listens however, the high vocals really work here.

People Could say Dead letter circus sounds like this band mixed with this band and maybe a little mix of that band. I don't really care. They have a pretty unique sound that is still exciting. After hearing this EP, i understand how they continue to expand on their sound in positive ways. Dead letter circus is a band that possibly has a bright future in making great music. Being excited for what they put out next is just an understatement.



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CaptainHadouken
March 14th 2013



1960 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Meh another review for working to get better at structure and writing. For the most part trying to break the "writing in 1st person" habit.

PistolPete
March 14th 2013



3561 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

When in the hell is their new album coming out?

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CaptainHadouken
March 14th 2013



1960 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Don't know. Last i heard, they released a single called wake up and they were getting ready to record.

LeviofDoom
March 14th 2013



272 Comments


Good review. Definitely excited for their new album; just wish it was out already.

CaptainHadouken
March 14th 2013



1960 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

As do I. Finding any info on it can be a pain though.

PistolPete
March 14th 2013



3561 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Yeah I loved "Wake Up" a lot actually, would rank it among their best for sure. Didn't hear much after that though about the new album.

CaptainHadouken
March 14th 2013



1960 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Wake up was a little different, but still enjoyable. Yeah, what i read said they would be playing a lot of festivals then working on the album but nothing outside that.

joshieboy12345
March 15th 2013



5370 Comments


Never really got into these guys. Alright review though.

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dupuisj8
March 15th 2013



62 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Love this ep so much.

dupuisj8
March 15th 2013



62 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Love this ep so much.

joshieboy12345
March 15th 2013



5370 Comments


Double post fail.

CaptainHadouken
March 17th 2013



1960 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yup, still an awesome ep though. That is true.

RollieQuibbs
August 4th 2013



430 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

One of the best debut EP's I've heard.



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