On the other side of the coin, I believe the weaknesses here have a few reasons. First of all, I am not happy with the overall performance here, it sounded too computerized to my ears, especially on the lead guitar parts. The song definitely could use a little bit more personality, this is what’s crucially lacking. I don’t hear what kind of guitar player is in Circles of Namibia, he should be playing more than the right notes with the right timing.
Moreover, the specific music here is quite unusual to my ears as I mentioned above. This isn’t a weakness as a fact, yet it also proves that this is difficult music for listening to in general. The mood and instrumentation are two strong pillars in this song, both serving the same purpose. It is rather futuristic and sci-fi to me, as a traditional metal fan. Bands like Animals as Leaders or Tesseract are doing an impressive job out there and I know they’ve got thousands of fans, that’s the actual potential of Circles of Namibia’s audience.
Lastly, lacking personality in mixing. I am afraid I couldn’t sense Circles of Namibia’s character here, mostly because of the mix. Although I never listen to these extreme progressive bands, this mix sounded undeniably familiar to me. There are so many new progressive/metalcore/deathcore bands out there and most of them use a similar character in their music. They sound modern, futuristic, huge reverbs, robotic, and dynamic. There’s no headroom, everything is at its max volume and so much plastic. Mountain, in this way, shouldn’t be considered as one of them, yet the band definitely needs more personality in their upcoming music.
When I take all these into account, I’d like to say that I’ve had a good time listening to Circles of Namibia. The band shows so much potential here which will keep people following their upcoming work, even though I mentioned here some weaknesses, I’ll definitely be one of them.
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