SUICIDE CIRCLE – Demo MMXX

Rating: 3.5/5
Distributor/label: https://www.osmoseproductions.com/
Released: 2020
Buy Album: https://osmoseproductions.bandcamp.com/album/demo-mmxx
Band Website: https://www.facebook.com/MeyhnachRats

Band line-up:

Meyhnach: guitars & vocals
Rats: drums & guitars

Tracklisting:

1. From the void of their mind
2. Prophet of doomsday
3. Funeral wedding
4. The sphere of chaos

 

 

 

 

 

Review:

Suicide Circle is a French two man band featuring Meyhnach (also of Mutilation and Hell Militia) on guitars and vocals, and Rats (also of Morguiliath and Dharnurgh) on drums and guitars. They formed in 2019 and will be releasing their EP ‘Demo MMXX’ on 28th August through Osmose Productions. The duo create depressive black metal which deals with subjects including the destruction of humanity, chaos and nihilism. In other words, their material is a prelude to doomsday!

First things first, there is nothing new here whatsoever. Well not really. Interestingly, you could say the production has a bit of a classic rock feel with the guitars being doubled up so you get a traditional, natural thick sound and the performance on the whole is very human, but the similarities to the genre end there. The tone is still cold. This is clearly traditional black metal as hinted at earlier and it’s done very well. The electric guitars and the bass work perfectly together to give a strong evil and sometimes slighlty mystical harmonic background which is fortunate, as there isn’t really any melody in the record. That’s not a criticism, just an observation. Again, that’s fairly typical.

Tempo changes are common in the album adding to the interest but without causing too much excitement – this isn’t supposed to be fun music! Having said that, the very fast ‘Prophet of Doomsday’ does get the adrenaline pumping in a morbid way. On the other end of the spectrum ‘The Sphere of Chaos’ has a doom tempo ending with ultra-powerful chords that are just SO cool. It’s a great way to end the album as it feels like everything had been leading to those few super crushing moments. Almost like a thrilling BM symphony but without the orchestral parts.

In conclusion, this isn’t idiotic, power chord based stuff that could be written by someone with little knowledge of music; despite the obnoxious (to some) tone of the release, it is well up there in terms of complexity and epic song structures that never get dull or inconsistent. It’s not as ambitious as symphonic black metal but it should definitely be respected. The singer doesn’t sound TRULY evil, he almost sounds like he’s whinging a little at times, but that’s a nitpick. Mostly his performance is perfectly reasonable. This album is recommended but only for true black metal fans. Casual fans are better off getting the classics, first.

Review by Simon Wiedemann
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