Giving the benefit of the doubt may describe a music reviewer's role in journalism. Modern music is a conundrum, but I give my best listen to everything I receive. I only wish I could be positive about all things. Regarding Circledown, I hoped for the best, but was ultimately left with ambivalent regard.
Mobius attempts an intersection of modern/alt hard rock and metal, but could best be reduced to simple melodic metalcore. There's lots of thrashing about, heavy-handed arrangements, and hardcore vocals. Been there, done that. Surely, Circledown means well, but this is purely generic stuff.
The fundamental question, whether it's Circledown or another similar band is, why should we care? Mobious is only interesting because it's current. But what's current is not always interesting. My hope is that Circledown can offer more than thrash/hardcore music and vocals. But my expectations are probably too high. However, they will probably find in audience in today's musical market. But that will not make them rise above the current crowd. Frankly, I can't point to anything on Mobious that is stirring. Circledown offers nothing to set them apart from current trends. Bottom line. Of course, others loving current trends will see differently. Roll the dice and live with it.
Frankly, I can't point to anything on Mobious that is stirring. Circledown offers nothing to set them apart from current trends. Bottom line.
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