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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

special album

not much else to say. circa survive has created, what i think, is their best, most complete album to date.

Top of their game.

This album from beginning to end is completely solid. Circa’s lyrics and instrumentals are stronger than ever. Personal favorite tracks: "Child of the Desert", “Phantom" & "Sovereign Circle”. Spend your hard earned dollars on something that gives you everything like this album does.

Circa Survive is perfect.

I love everything this band puts out and the songs I've heard on this album are great. Amazing band on the records and their live show will blow your mind.


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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