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EDITORS’ NOTES

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. 

EDITORS’ NOTES

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. 

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Customer Reviews

5 out of 5

312 Ratings

Circa Survive has done it again

Sammasochist,

My balls have just grown ears.

solid effort with room to grow

LgChicken12,

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.

About Circa Survive

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 Vision Records in 2005. Lots of touring followed, including Warped Tour dates, and the album steadily sold an impressive 100,000 copies.

A spot at the 2007 Coachella Festival paved the way for the late May release of Circa Survive's follow-up, On Letting Go, which cracked the Top 40 of the Billboard Top 200. The band eventually left Equal Vision to sign with Atlantic, and in 2010 released its third album, Blue Sky Noise, which eschewed many of the hardcore elements of records past in favor of a more melodic, indie rock approach. (No surprise that the album charted quite high, almost making the Top Ten.) The band's fourth long-player, the self-released Violent Waves, arrived in 2012 and debuted at the number 15 slot on the album charts. After its release, Circa Survive signed to Sumerian, which reissued a deluxe edition of Violent Waves and then released the band's fifth album, Descensus, in November 2014 via Sumerian Records. In July 2017, the band released the single "Lustration" in anticipation of the release of their Hopeless Records-issued sixth studio long-player, The Amulet, which arrived later that September. ~ Eduardo Rivadavia

  • ORIGIN
    Philadelphia, PA
  • FORMED
    2004

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