Circles of Namibia – Mountain Song Review

Today we are featuring a promising progressive metal band, Circles of Namibia, from the USA. I have reviewed a song from their debut album, Mountain, along with its character, style, story, potential, and more.

Circles of Namibia is a promising progressive metal/djent band I discovered a month ago with their latest album, Where it All Began, which was released on August 19, 2021. Now, please give the song, Mountain, a listen while reading the rest of the article.

As I mentioned earlier, I heard of Circles of Namibia about a month ago (even more), and keep listening to their songs since then, especially Mountain. I must admit that this song stands out with its intelligently written composition above everything else. The world is truly going mad, some people find their influences in very specific places such as this one.

The song has a complicated build, together with its instrumentation. Sentences are long, mostly structured with jazz chords and layered partitions of guitars, keys, bass, and drums. I can easily say that every single instrument has a specific role, none of these instruments can be considered as less important.

The overall mood of the song is also unclear. The haft part of the song is quite mysterious at first, I even started to imagine old mysterious detective scenes while listening to it carefully. After leaving this mood behind, the song builds up the tempo and confuses the feeling inside you. It isn’t bad nor good, it is just what it is. The song is briefly under an undefinable influence to me. I am afraid, I don’t listen to music like this. There’s an exotic specific taste here, definitely an innovative one.

Lastly, Mountain is an impressive debut from a one-man project band such as Circles of Namibia. Hands down. The band has the potential to become a giant in their very specific field, and you easily get this impression while listening to it.

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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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In conclusion, Metalhead Community Team congratulates Circles of Namibia for their fine debut, Mountain, and wishes them the very best in their future careers. Thank you for reading.

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