Melbourne’s alternative metal titan circles deliver the pinnacle of Australian progressive metal with their new single ‘Dig’. Illustrating this next chapter via Wild Thing Records on September 14, they also announce and launch pre-orders for their long-awaited EP – ‘The Stories We Are Afraid Of | Flight. 1’.
Pre-order here: https://ffm.to/circlesthestorieswearefraidofvol1
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‘The stories we fear | Flight. 1′ is the first installment of an epic two-part EP, following Circles’ second album, ‘The Last One’, which garnered international acclaim and domestic success (#4 TheMusic’s Album of the Year 2018, #3 AIR Independent Albums). The progressive giants continue to lead the way in the international djent movement with their upcoming release, promoting the incorporation of shimmering pads, belt breakdowns and propelling percussion.
The next episode of “The Stories We Are Afraid Of” continues where “Sleepwalking” left off, depicting the process of assembling existentialism and identity to rekindle a strong connection to oneself, which s was previously reduced to a flicker. “Sleepwalking” encompasses the realization of the cathartic state and “Dig” marks the first steps towards change, leaving four more tracks to shape the meaning of the EP. Leader Ben Rechter says:
“The main theme of Vol.1 is one of losing identity and purpose, and trying to reclaim a sense of wonder and passion for life that was once an essential part of you. Musically, we We went into these writing sessions focusing on being more direct than on previous albums, avoiding cumbersome songs with lots of different riffs to get more riffs that we personally like in there.
Breaking through Melbourne’s locked glass cage, the Circles continue their push into a new era, with their dynamic single ‘Dig’. Delegating their energy to their comeback, Circles are pursuing their latest single, “Sleepwalking”, and an Australian tour presented by Destroy All Lines and Wild Thing Presents. As one of Australia’s most successful international program experts, Circles demonstrate their decade of experience in ‘Dig’ with textured guitar riffs, high octane percussion and powerful, powerful vocals.
Shining through the sandstorm of modern metal, “Dig” delivers dreamy delayed guitars, dynamic auxiliary percussion, and a massive metallic spine built on the enduring character of Rechter’s lead vocal. The climax of powerful breakdowns, jagged guitar riffs and surreal pads leaves you choking on every breath before the final breakdown – the climax of “Dig”.
‘Sleepwalking’ told of the feelings of regret and despair in lost time, unable to act on the changes to break out of the negative feedback loop towards what you seek. ‘Dig’ marks the first steps taken to force this change into your life. Instead of living in the hole of convenience and familiar surroundings, “Dig” is about struggling against the spirit to gather strength and rise through the grain of its metaphorical grave, even if it only does find the motivation to leave home.
Rechter talks about the theme behind ‘Dig’:
“It’s about those first steps out of that black hole. Your mind is fighting against you, and everything seems to go wrong, but it’s not necessarily about success, at least not at first. It’s about starting to change what you need to change, even if on day one all you can do is make sure you get out there and see the sun.
“Dig” was mastered by Luke Cinacotta (Karnivool) and mixed and produced by Circle’s Ted Furuhashi, showcasing his previous experience on Twelve Foot Ninja’s debut album – Silent Machine.
Successfully wrapping up their ‘Sleepwalking’ Australian tour (Destroy All Lines and Wild Thing Presents) in early September, Circles have already rekindled their loyal Australian fanbase and left their international community cut and thirsty. The history of previous tours across Australia and Europe with TesseracT, Periphery, Opeth, Fear Factory, The Dillinger Escape Plan and Twelve Foot Ninja cements the veterans place as one of the quintessential mainstays of prog/alt Australian metal.
“The Last One” (2018) landed No. 3 on AIR Australian Independent Albums, No. 47 on ARIA Digital Albums, No. 4 on TheMusic’s Album of the Year (writers poll) and reached nearly 3 million Spotify streams worldwide.
“The circles created a modern, progressive tapestry with lots of wider appeal”
(Metal Hammer – UK) [About ‘The Last One’ Album]
“The Last One gets better with every listen. Circles are a class act”
(HEAVY magazine – AU) [About ‘The Last One’ Album]
“…an outstanding record – crafted that redefines the band’s sound…adding to something ultimately unmistakable.”
(Heavy Blog Is Heavy – USA) [About ‘The Last One’ Album]
“This band in a live setting is an absolute tour de force…they are one of Australia’s most impressive live bands”
(TheMusic – AU)
“With one of the tightest and most tumultuous live sets in town right now, there’s no doubt as to why this cutting-edge quartet from Melbourne demands continued critical praise wherever they walk. .”
(The Soundcheck – AU)