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Circles – Infinitas

While it may be better known for the release of some seminal 'djent' albums by the likes of TesseracT, Uneven Structure and Vildhjarta, another highlight in 2011 was the unexpected emergence of Circles, a band of Melbournians who, with their EP The Compass, not only won the plaudits of critics across the globe, but introduced to the style a refreshing degree of unpretentious accessibility. Fast forward two years, and the band have now returned with Infinitas, an album of powerful 'djent' anthems which thankfully retains the infectious accessibility of The Compass, but is also heavier and more aggressive than its predecessor. At the same time, Infinitas demonstrates an increasing sophistication in Circles' song writing process, and again proves the band to be one of significant promise.
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Circles Return With Infinitas

Australia is on top-form lately when it comes to metal, as you'll probably have noticed. Helping out with the cause are Melbourne based five-piece Circles, who's previous EP outing The Compass  became one of ... Read More...
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Twelve Foot Ninja – Silent Machine

In the five years that they have been together, Twelve Foot Ninja have developed a fearsome reputation as a live act, and have even been described by Misha Mansoor of Periphery fame as being one of the best live bands he has ever seen. However, making the transition from being a scintillating live band to successful recording artists is no easy task, and unfortunately, Twelve Foot Ninja’s much anticipated debut album, Silent Machine, falls somewhat short of expectations. This is in no way due to a failure of production, the band having compiled a stellar technical team, including Circles guitarist Ted Furuhashi and mastering legend Howie Weinberg, to give the album a polished veneer. Moreover, it is quite obvious that Twelve Foot Ninja are entertainers, and seemingly innovative ones at that, the album being not only packed full of eminently danceable tunes, but also accompanied by a savvy multimedia package, including 12 incredible comics drawn by UK artist Keith Draws, and to this point, two very humorous video clips.