|Review: Encyrcle - Encyrcle|
Label: Unspeakable Axe Records
Year released: 2015
Genre: Speed Metal
Review online: August 29, 2015
Reviewed by: MetalMike
Rated 4/5 (80%) (3 Votes)
With a name like Encyrcle and pictures of the band in leather jackets amid gravestones I was expecting some Black/Thrash but that's not the whole picture. Sure, there's some tremolo picking but also plenty of straight-up Thrash riffage as well. Combine that with clear vocals that include a few balls-in-a-vice screams and a generally fast tempo and you've got yourself some good, old-fashioned Speed Metal in the vein of Exciter, Toxic and the mighty Agent Steel. Encyrcle have a definite evil streak on their self-titled debut as songs like "Bloodbasker," "Deathlust" and "Facelasher" can attest to but this album is cut above for a couple of reasons. First, there's plenty of speed but Encyrcle vary the tempo enough so listening doesn't become a blur. They also throw in some dark, brooding piano on tracks like "Serpent's Dream." These are the kinds of things that make the up-tempo sonic assaults all the more devastating when they follow up one of the slower offerings. Songwriting is a bit of an Achilles' heel and there isn't a whole lot of memorable riffs on Encyrcle but this is a band with talent and enough uniqueness that if they can step up their compositional efforts could really be a force.
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