Melbourne’s alt metal titans Circles‘ storm continues with the release of their most dynamic track yet, “Echo”. The song comes as the third single off their upcoming “The Stories We Are Afraid Of | Vol.1” EP, the first part of a two-part EP, out November 25 via Wild Thing Records.
Further pushing the boundaries of the international djent movement that Circles helped characterize, the metallic chugging guitars, belting blast from the drums and serene atmospheric pads featured in their new single reinforce the band’s heavy influence in the genre.
Stream “Echo” here, and watch a video for the track below.
“Echo” starts with a resonating electronic kick drum, paired with atmospheric synths and the hypnotic despair in Rechter’s vocals. The impact of the building drums and subtle guitars reflects that growing ache in one’s head that’s filled with voices of self-doubt, paralyzing pity and pressure. Dropping out for a glitched-filled interlude like the calm before the storm, the band erupt into a skeleton-shaking triple-time breakdown. Leading the track out with a bone-crushing riff and a powerful vocal delivery pleading to break from the foundations of one’s turmoil, this is one of Circles‘ most cathartic tracks to date.
Circles return to the live circuit for the Sleepwalking Australian Tour, across August and September. Joining them on all dates is an epic assortment of some of Australia’s best up and coming acts; The Omnific, Future Static, and Heartline.
Drummer Hunter comments: “The last few years has been pretty damn tough on the music industry. We locked ourselves away and wrote the next chapter in the Circles story. The band is ready to road test some of this new material, along with some old favorites. So, for the first time since 2019, we’re stoked to be able to see all of you legends again. This is going to be something really special for us.”
Circles tour-de-force live show has taken them across Australia, Europe, and the UK, complemented by festivals including Euroblast, Prog Power, and Progfest, and a touring history with some of the who’s who of international progressive/alternative heavy music, such as The Dillinger Escape Plan, Opeth, Fear Factory, Periphery, TesseracT and Twelve Foot Ninja.