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Review: Circle of Fear - When Dementia Sets In
Circle of Fear
When Dementia Sets In

Label: LITO Records
Year released: 2005
Duration: 53:58
Tracks: 13
Genre: Death Metal

Rating: 3.5/5

Review online: October 20, 2005
Reviewed by: Sargon the Terrible
Readers Rating
When Dementia Sets In

Rated 3/5 (60%) (2 Votes)

See now, this is a perfectly decent Death Metal album almost ruined by a bunch of crap sandwiched onto it to make it annoying. I was sure this was going to be some kind of awful metalcore CD, and the first track almost made me shut this off, as it is a spoken word bit about some boring serial killer crap. A few seconds of this might be diverting, but this is over three minutes long. Skip. But then, surprise surprise, the actual music kicks in. And while it is a bit 'coreish, overall this is some very cool thrashy Death Metal with a good guitar tone. On a few songs,as on the very cool"As The Sky Wept" and "Eyes Of May" CoF manage to write actual good songs that hold up as real compositions, with some memorable riffs and decent shouty vocals. Unfortunately they chose to end their album with a bunch of space-waster tracks that take up like 15 minutes. There might be something to listen to in there somewhere, but if they think I'm wasting my time with their cutesy 'hidden' crap to find out, they have another thing coming.

So, tip for this band: cut the crap and just play, for fuck's sake. Your music is good enough to stand on its own, and all the 'added' stuff makes people do is turn your album off. Circle Of Fear play decent Death Metal when they are smart enough to just shut up and do it.

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