Circa Survive – The Amulet

CIRCA SURVIVE is one of my favorite bands to see live. Everything that I’ve seen them do sounds even better live than it does on their records. With their newest release, The Amulet, I’m hoping that this is still the case. Compared to their previous release from 2014 Descensus, this new record is softer, much more akin to sleeping in a bed with silk sheets than dosing off on your parents couch. It’s not that The Amulet is bad, it’s that I think fans were expecting a harder hitting album, a Descensus Part II if you will.

What they got was a record that at first listen is hazy, soft around the edges, but still unmistakably CIRCA SURVIVE. The lyrics speak to the fact that they’re eloquent, beautiful, and a little bit bitter. With lines like, “I siphon from you in ways I’m not” (from “Never Tell A Soul”), “Unlock your fingers from my hand. You never see the things you have” (from “Premonition of the Hex”) and “Then I had the lidocaine watered down so you could feel it all” (from “Stay”) it’s easy to see that CIRCA SURVIVE are still here to softly sing to you things you already know and whisper about the things you fear. The Amulet is now available from Hopeless Records.

STANDOUT TRACKS: “Rites of Investiture”, “Stay”

RATING: 8/10


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