Dead Letter Circus
Aesthesis


2.0
poor

Review

by Nick Mongiardo USER (134 Reviews)
August 16th, 2015 | 122 replies


Release Date: 08/14/2015 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Indifference.

It’s overwhelmingly clear that Dead Letter Circus’ heyday has long passed with this album. The engaging energy and passion of This is the Warning is long gone, only to be replaced by your run of the mill atmospheric rock album. Though the downward spiral officially began with The Catalyst Fire, even that album had gems that distinguished themselves among the been-there-done-that vibe. However, with Aesthesis, the listener will simply find literally nothing worthwhile amongst Dead Letter Circus’ third outing. What it really comes down to is that the album is too vocally driven for its own good, with the other band members never truly getting a chance to shine like they do in songs like “The Drum” or “Insiders.” In addition to this, the band’s sound here shows a disappointing amount of stagnation and lack thereof dynamics here. Overall, the album proves to be a pleasant listen, but after the album ends, it’ll end up being quite the indifferent experience.

One of the major flaws of Aesthesis lays in Kim Benzie’s vocals. His singing isn’t nearly interesting enough to justify the amount of time he spends spouting out average lyrics. After a while, the overemphasis on catchy melodies can grow tiresome and mundane. Take lead single “While you Wait” for example. There’s truly nothing worth delving into, with the band’s instrumentation being stripped down to basic guitar melodies. The chorus, though catchy and fun upon a first listen, really gets old after a while. There are bands like Rishloo that prides themselves on their vocalist, but at least Rishloo has the vocal versatility and lyrics to back it up. The same goes for this band in a past life that was bursting at the seams with life, character and passionate energy. With this album, the band themselves just doesn’t sound interesting in conveying real emotions or even interested in general anymore.

Dead Letter Circus exists as a band that has an exceptional amount of instrumental talent despite frequent lineup changes. It would be nice if the rest of the band would get a chance to shine here. A few absorbing moments, like the beautiful percussion break in the middle of “The Burning Number” and all of “Y A N A,” are definitely the only true standout moments of the record. Other than that, this manages to blend together throughout the entire thing. No amount of catchy choruses such as the one in “Born, Pt. 2” can attempt to draw in the listener and distract from the incredibly comfortable instrumentation. Aside from the overall one dimensional vibe of the record, “Y A N A” certainly proves itself to be an engaging track. Thoroughly atmospheric and beautiful, this song really sucks the listener with its spacey vibe, lush vocals and emotional acoustics closing out the song. Other than this, the listener will only manage to become engulfed in apathy.

There’s undeniably not much to say about this one because literally 90% of this record only manages to accomplish sounding exactly the same throughout. A great reviewer on this site once said that the lack of bad music on a record doesn’t necessarily make it good music. This happens to be the perfect way to encompass this record in one phrase. Listening to this will only bring about indifference and this is truly a shame. Gone is everything engaging and striking of their past. What the listener in the listener’s hands is an overwhelmingly safe record. The entire thing happens to be a nearly lifeless embodiment of atmospheric rock. It not necessarily horrible, but altogether reeks of stagnation. Judging by this record, the ultimate fate of Dead Letter Circus’ future looks pretty grim.



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Mongi123
August 16th 2015


19859 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Hurts to do this, but man, this disappointed me :/



Hope you guys find the read satisfactory! Any critiques are very welcome!

Toondude10
August 16th 2015


13371 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5 | Sound Off

totally agree on the rating, man this album stunk.



will read later

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Toondude10
August 16th 2015


13371 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5 | Sound Off

"His singing, though well done, isn’t nearly interesting enough to justify the amount of time he spends spouting out average lyrics."

A bit contradictory here. At first you say "He's good" but then you go on to say "he's not interesting".



"Dead Letter Circus exists as a band that can play the hell out of their instruments despite the near constant lineup changes."

awkward sentence here. "Despite the constant lineup changes, Dead Letter Circus was always known for their incredible amounts of energy and zeal." I feel something like this would work a lot better.



Good review otherwise.

PistolPete
August 16th 2015


4829 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

It's definitely not up to par with older albums, but I'm feeling a 3 at least. The first half of the record is pretty decent, it's the post-YANA segment that really flows by with nothing to say.



But man, totally feeling the love for YANA. What a song, probably one of their best yet.

Digging: Irreversible - Surface

Toondude10
August 16th 2015


13371 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5 | Sound Off

YANA is probably the only song on here that I like, everything else ranges from "ugh" to "meh"

Mongi123
August 16th 2015


19859 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Thanks man, yea Y A N A is pretty great.

PistolPete
August 16th 2015


4829 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

What does it stand for? I couldn't deciper it in the lyrics. Probably wasn't listening that hard tbh lol

Toondude10
August 16th 2015


13371 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5 | Sound Off

"His singing, isn’t nearly interesting"

lose the comma



"a band that can play the hell out of their instruments"

Not gonna lie, I hate that phrase. Change it plz :-)

PistolPete
August 16th 2015


4829 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

That's what I thought. Kinda corny but meh, if the song is good whatevs

Mongi123
August 16th 2015


19859 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Fine, fine. There you go ugh ;)



Indeed corny but agreed still a great song.

Toondude10
August 16th 2015


13371 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5 | Sound Off

Thank you! :D

Toondude10
August 16th 2015


13371 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5 | Sound Off

also that artwork is pretty bad, especially compared to the other two albums

Kalopsia
August 16th 2015


2938 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

this band has thrown themselves off a fucking cliff since This Is The Warning

Digging: Coheed and Cambria - The Unheavenly Creatures

Mongi123
August 16th 2015


19859 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Thanks dude. That album is pretty good and TITW is fucking awesome. I just don't know what happened here.

Toondude10
August 16th 2015


13371 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5 | Sound Off

congrats on the feature

Mongi123
August 16th 2015


19859 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Yea thanks overlords of Sputnik

LotusFlower
August 16th 2015


12001 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

I've never understood the appeal of this band.

cb123
August 16th 2015


2215 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

hmmm this doesn't look promising, band had such potential after the first EP and LP, will probably still check it out for old times sake.

unforgiven89
August 16th 2015


211 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I actually like this better than The Catalyst Fire. At least they're trying some new things with this one. The Catalyst Fire was just This Is The Warning but without the massive hooks that made that album great.



Like The Catalyst Fire this still has a few boring/dud tracks though.

Toondude10
August 16th 2015


13371 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5 | Sound Off

I don't really see this as "different" honestly



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