Sunday, August 23, 2009

Circadian Rising-Drowned in exile


Pennsylvania's Circadian Rising have been around for about two and a half years. I am certain exactly what I was expecting from the EP, but these guys certainly managed to make quite an impression on me with just four songs. Their influences include classic metal and early death metal. So rather than separate the two they make a valiant effort at combing the styles. The vocals are similar to the raspy style used by Chuck Schuldiner of Death. The music alternates between pounding early death metal attacks similar to Death and Obituary and swirling passages similar to prime Iron Maiden. I found this approach surprising primarily just because of the ease at which they manipulate the different sounds. The sound is slightly low in parts, but now that they are signed to Turkey Vulture records I imagine that their upcoming album will benefit from stronger production values. Circadian Rising wear their influences on their sleeves, but they are so smooth in their presentation that it is instantly likable. They manage to hammer out heavier parts as needed yet they put just enough finesse into the presentation to add some extra depth. The four songs managed to show me enough to have me ready to see what these guys can do on a full length effort.

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