Hailing from California, the two-piece Seventh Circle wield a sound far heavier and more massive than their lineup suggests. The band's debut recording, Cycle of Violence contains three songs in 13 minutes that simply crush, kill, and crush again. Shuddering and skronky, their sound is literally slovenly weight that moves with an ominousness that's horrific to behold - and at times, in the slowest of motion, like the flapping of loose bass strings bound to be one's death. As such, Seventh Circle's atonal-yet-not-really thunder recalls the basement depths of 1990, like equally early Godflesh and Helmet plotting unspeakable travesties in a sewer or Winter's plucky, punky younger brother who simply can't stay out of mischief. Scarier still, Cycle of Violence is but the start of Seventh Circle's madness!
Cassette limited to 150 copies
CD limited to 300 copies
Indy Metal Vault: A-
Metal Trenches: 8.7 our of 10
No Clean Singing: 'massive, pile-driving power, monstrous guttural horrors, and livid infernal howls.'
Black Sunday Magazine: 'Deep guttural vocals together with bone crushing riffs, it makes for a higher standard of brutal heavy metal'
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Man.... this record is just badass. Perfect production, awesome song structures with great pay-offs, animalistic and lively yet natural sounding drumming, and just some nasty grooves. This release is just a perfect slab of Death Metal, making it nearly impossible to pick a favorite track. I would highly recommend this release. I'm really hoping this will be available on cd or vinyl some time in the near future, but a digital copy will do fine for now. Shawn young
A corrosive mix of death, doom, psychedelia, and black metal, the Portland quartet’s debut full-length is a bona fide underground monolith that shapeshifts with each listen, all while maintaining its essential heaviness. Bandcamp Album of the Day Feb 1, 2019