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Circa Survive
Juturna (Equal Vision)

By: Mike SOS

Circa Survive's passionate debut JUTURNA contains a shimmering array of pulling at the heartstrings post hardcore songs that sound like a hybrid of The Mars Volta and Quicksand. The high-pitched wail of vocalist Anthony Green is the most distinct instrument used by this Philadelphia based quintet, as his voice sounds like a cross between Geddy Lee and Claudio from Coheed and Cambria, aiming his high-ranged howl at the heavens for mass approval. As for the music, this is a band based on creating sounds, not just passages and chords, and the sounds created by Circa Survive are at all times well-textured, managing to swirl around your speakers with both space rock's lush flare and hardcore punk's striking imminence. Tracks like "Stop the Fuckin' Car" and "Oh, Hello" don't overpower you straight away, yet after a few close examinations, the overwhelming intensity (especially on the overly-effected but extremely effective guitars) hits apexes of jazz-like proportions. Teetering between tough and tender is no easy feat, yet Circa Survive succeeds through taking all of the nuances of prog rock without elongating the songs, maximizing the impact and nearly eliminating all pretentiousness. If you can deal with a dude with a high vocal range, and have a soft spot for cascading melody, JUTURNA will accompany FRANCES THE MUTE and 2112 quite nicely.
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