Dead Letter Circus
The Catalyst Fire


4.0
excellent

Review

by RivalSkoomaDealer USER (22 Reviews)
August 9th, 2013 | 134 replies


Release Date: 08/09/2013 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Dead Letter Circus strikes back.

In the three years since This Is the Warning, Dead Letter Circus have garnered a respectable amount of hype for themselves. Alongside contemporaries Karnivool, DLC have proved that they are a force to be reckoned with in the Australian Prog Rock scene. Coming off the heels of Karnivool’s latest, The Catalyst Fire continues to display a group of musicians with plenty of energy and passion. Rather than take Karnivool’s approach to altering their sound with each new release DLC choose instead to cling to a winning formula. While at times The Catalyst Fire is a little safe, it never loses its impact.

This album tones down the electronic influences from DLC’s debut just slightly and instead lets Kim Benzie’s vocals and the instrumentation take more of the spotlight. Benzie continues to deliver inspiring messages of hope amid societal bleakness. His range is admirable and creates an enticing accompaniment to DLC’s progressive flair. The rhythm section is as calculated as ever. Luke Williams’ drumming astonishes once again, showcasing powerful drum beats with above average complexity. Not much is done differently here than on 2010’s This Is the Warning and for the most part that’s just fine. The songs on The Catalyst Fire are as fully realized as ever, each on grand scale and layered thick with ambition. Lead single “Lodestar” and “Lost Without Leaders” exhibit the soaring soundscapes of DLC’s more bombastic cuts while tracks such as “The Veil” let the melody dominate.

If you weren’t compelled by DLC’s ambient rock sound previously, this record won’t do a thing to change your mind. The band continues to do what they do best and outshine their contemporaries in both consistency and quality. With a group of young artists that are full of so much promise and potential, who knows what the future will bring?

3.9/5



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Bow2LeperMessiah
August 9th 2013


224 Comments


Short but sweet. Good review. Pos.

Cipieron
August 9th 2013


3508 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

finally a review for this album. nice job man.


i read on their facebook page that their looking into a worldwide release, so i've been holding off on buying a copy from Australia. hopefully they figure that shit out soon so i can pick one up here in the US.

RivalSkoomaDealer
August 9th 2013


848 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yeah, was hoping for some reasonable bundles in the merch store but they want 20$ + shipping just for the disc. =(

Digging: Submotion Orchestra - Alium

KILL
August 9th 2013


71955 Comments


faux prog lives

Digging: Exodus - Blood In, Blood Out

Cygnatti
August 9th 2013


21353 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

a lot of faux prog albums coming out at the same time. hmm

Cipieron
August 9th 2013


3508 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

lol this isn't any type of prog, but nice try

Cygnatti
August 9th 2013


21353 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

recommended by reviewer
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you're right. not like any of these bands are "prog" either.

Cipieron
August 9th 2013


3508 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

cuz you can only recommend the exact same genre, good catch there

bloc
August 9th 2013


34925 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I'll admit this is a bit samey throughout, but the band has the musical styling nailed.

Cygnatti
August 9th 2013


21353 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

cuz you can only recommend the exact same genre, good catch there

not at all, but when all three are prog/alt prog/prog metal, then obviously something's there. very obviously. there's a reason why he chose those three, and I wonder why.

Cipieron
August 9th 2013


3508 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

wrong

Cygnatti
August 9th 2013


21353 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

hm, that'd be implying that the reviewer did something very wrong here. hmm. is that true?

seems like the band's highest rated tag is also prog rock. interesting.

Cipieron
August 9th 2013


3508 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

cyg man it's okay, i forgive you

RivalSkoomaDealer
August 9th 2013


848 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

It certainly has prog sensibilities, but I'd give it a more alt rock classification.

Drummerboy123
August 9th 2013


2367 Comments


I missed the memo when DLC where a prog band...

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Cygnatti
August 9th 2013


21353 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

it's called alt prog.

WhiteNoise
August 9th 2013


3212 Comments


Who the fuck cares if this is prog or not? Is it any good and should I listen?

Cipieron
August 9th 2013


3508 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

if you liked their first album, yes

RivalSkoomaDealer
August 9th 2013


848 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Agreed. Arguing genre is pretty irrelevant.

tempest--
August 9th 2013


13904 Comments


sweet gotta check



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