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Album Review

Dutch progressive metal quartet Callenish Circle's follow-up to 2003's searing My Passion Your Pain keeps up the momentum they've been building since signing with Metal Blade in 2002. Often lumped in with the Scandinavian death metal scene, the band has more in common with Western European industrial metal outfits like Nitzer Ebb and Rammstein than they do Opeth, but the techno-riddled onslaught that awaits listeners on Pitch Black Effects is steeped enough in classic metal imagery (death, fate, loss, grief) to please both purists and gas-mask-wearing nihilists alike. Callenish Circle is at its best when the sirens are on and the pedal is buried, and while the sequencers and samples provided by producer/keyboardist Gail Liebling (Gail of God) keep things interesting, it's the straight-ahead thrash of standout tracks like "Behind Lines" and "Sweet Cyanide" that will keep the foreheads slamming against the doors.

Customer Reviews

I didnt expect it at all

This album caught me by suprise completely. It has some infectious riffs, the beginings of alot of the songs make you very interested, so you always listen to the whole album. I want to say that the only reason that i am giving this a four instead of a five out of five is because it has some amazing songs and then drops to some average songs with average musicianship. Overall its definatley worth $9.90 4/5 dig it

Basically one long, badly recorded song

While My Passion Your Pain might have occassionally sounded repetitive, Callenish Circle was able to add enough unique elements in each song to make it a decent record. Not so with Pitch.Black.Effects. The CD sounds like the product of a single jam session, with poorly mixed in electronic effects to boot. It even sounds poorly mixed compared to previous albums of theirs, which really doesn't help. I would stay away from this CD, and look into getting their older records first.


I am a big time deathmetal guy and these guys satisfy my thirst!


Genre: Rock

Years Active: '00s

Dutch death metal band Callenish Circle rose from the ashes of an earlier band named Genocide circa 1992. Singer Patrick Savelkoul and guitarist Jos Evers worked with countless different lineups before finding stability two years later with the arrival of guitarist Ronny Tijssen, bassist John Gorissen, and drummer Gavin Harte. After fleshing out their sound for another year or so, the quintet recorded 1995's "Lovelorn" demo, which was voted demo of the month by Holland's most respected heavy metal...
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