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Though it follows 2012's Violent Waves, Circa Survive's fifth album is something of a comeback for the post-hardcore adventurers. Released on a new label in the wake of singer Anthony Green's successful battle with drug addiction, the record is a powerful statement of resiliency. While it's rich with the sprawling, frenetic sound the band is known for, the more subdued moments of Decensus are some of the band's best. The centerpiece "Nesting Dolls" features crystalline, interlocking guitar lines that build and build, and the title track revolves around a churning post-rock breakdown à la Mogwai. This is the band's most nuanced effort to date. 

Customer Reviews

Circa Survive has done it again

My balls have just grown ears.

solid effort with room to grow

Very good album that could have been great with a more developed vision whether that means adding some extra tracks or just exploring a little more. It is not heavier as certain people and reviewers have suggested. 'Schema' is more aggressive but this is not the case for the album as a whole. There are some interesting, slightly progressive ideas happening but never enough to go outside of the indie/alternative genre. There are a couple of instances where they seem to write long repetitive sections which don't really develop. I am all about long songs or sections but give me some justification for it being that way. They could have added a couple of songs to give the album a more complete feel instead of just going with some ambient filler. I am still waiting for something completey epic and unexpected from them but I think they are afraid to go too far outside of the box that they have created for themselves. Either way, as long as they continue to create music and release albums I will be happy.

Descensus, more like Dessert!!

Circa Survive really hit this one out of the park. This album has an aggressive tone to it that most Circafam have been craving from Anthony Green. Its more upbeat than “Violent Waves” and still holds the power lyrically as fans are used to from Green. Its great to see a band grow and change yet still hold their music values and not sell out. I think ALL Circa Survive fans will enjoy this album and I look forward to seeing these songs live.


Formed: 2004 in Philadelphia, PA

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Philadelphia's Circa Survive was formed by former Saosin vocalist Anthony Green with guitarist Colin Frangicetto -- both of them veterans of the local emo and hardcore scenes looking to indulge in the rule-breaking freedom of the neo-progressive movement of the mid-2000s. After Green and Frangicetto discovered like-minded bandmates in second guitarist Brendan Ekstrom, bassist Nick Beard, and drummer Steve Clifford, Circa Survive recorded an album, Juturna (named after a Roman goddess), for Equal...
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