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5.0 out of 5 stars Confident and powerful second album, 30 Sep 2013
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Carsten Doig (Hamilton, Scotland) - See all my reviews
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The second album from Australia's Dead Letter Circus is a highly energetic effort that rarely lets up during it's course. It is similar in sound to their debut album This Is the Warning but has greater consistency from start to finish, something that their compatriots Karnivool failed to achieve with Asymmetry

The sound is big and although the production is polished, there is a lot of raw energy coming from this band. There are lots of guitars ringing out at a high tempo and the rhythm section is versatile, laying down some amazing drum patterns and pulsating bass, particularly on lead single Lodestar.

But what truely defines this band is lead vocalist Kim Benzie's powerful falsetto vocals which are a perfect compliment to the frenetic sound that his bandmates are playing.

The lyrics are also informative and reveal a band who are very conscious of political struggle and environmental concerns. Thankfully it's a bit more subtle than U2 and if you want to just rock then this album does just that.
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4.0 out of 5 stars More great Aussie rock, 4 Jan 2014
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Why does Australia seem to have a lot of great rock / metal bands at the moment? Although DLC are not as breathtaking and challenging as countrymen Karnivool they are really adept at putting out songs that sound built for stadiums even if they are unlikely to ever achieve that status.
The tunes on this album are carried by some almost U2 style guitars (with more balls than U2 have managed for years) whilst keeping some big rock / metal poise and riffs to the fore too.
Look forward to seeing where the next album takes them as I think with a little more experimentation thrown in they could be unbelievable.
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