Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Dead Letter Circus - The Catalyst Fire (2013 NN Promo)

"If you’re a fan of Tool and Tool-like acts like Karnivool, mid-era Chevelle and now Blindead, then you’ll definitely find something here to like in Dead Letter Circus. Though not the muscular prog that one might expect from Tool, the band’s frontman has a glassy approach that sure might remind listeners of Tool frontman Maynard James Keenan at his most delicate. I think it’s the powerful melodies that accentuate showstoppers like “Alone Awake” and “Say Your Prayers” that really seem to meld with me the most, making Dead Letter Circus a hell of an act to follow. The band has a strong chemistry in the fact that the guitarist’s shoegaze melodies just wouldn’t work as well without the frontman’s approach. The band never gets overly heavy, but they don’t need to. They could live on those melodies for years if they wanted to – it’s really that good. If this is going on the radio sometime soon, you can bet I’ll be the first to stand up for it and say, “hey, this isn’t crap!” and I ultimately mean that..."

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