Following their 2012 release of Violent Waves, Circa Survive has returned with a powerful new record, Descensus. A blend of aggression and vehemence, Descencus renews the band’s unique approach to alternative rock. Though the specifics of the album – Green’s piercing vocal range or Ekstrom’s intricate melodic style, for example – barely deviate from Circa’s previous work, the abrasive nature of the album displays an unaccustomed sound that defines the band’s presence as an innovative and experimental group.
Per usual, this album fills the room with versatility. Listening through the record, each track has its own distinct quality to it. You won’t find one song that sounds just like another – in my opinion, that’s the most refreshing aspect of the album. In a scene filled with generic styles, Circa never fails to put out a different sound.
“Schema” is a hard-hitting opening to the album. A less aggressive track would be “Nesting Dolls,” though it offers the same emotion in a softer, more expressive manner. The sentiment behind Green’s lyrics, “You shouldn’t stay/We’ll never change/And I can’t recognize you at all” produce the same impassioned effect as the more high-energy tracks; both execute the fervency that drives Descencus.
If you’re already a fan of Circa Survive, you will love this album. If you’ve never listened, start here.