Stone Circle – ‘A Forest Dark’ Michael Deas September 2, 2017 Albums 664 Stone Circle - 'A Forest Dark'Originality 8.1Lyrics 7.8Replay Value8Instrumentation 8.3Overall Impact 8.1What We LikedBeautiful Guitar TonesExpansive Structures 2017-09-028.1Overall Score Brighton’s Stone Circle are one of the UK metal scenes best kept secrets, a progressive death metal band at heart the band meld together a vast array of influences to create an extremely promising E.P. Based on ‘The Brothers Grimm tales’, it is a story that is at times beautifully delicate yet monstrously heavy. Their constant and well placed shifts in sound create a weaving tapestry between every section and every song. Opener ‘Bones’ has a groove akin to tech metal pioneers Tesseract, its riff pummels your neck muscles with its repetitive slams. The execution of tempo changes seems effortless as they stop and start in scatter gun fashion. The major melodies and powerful clean vocals also shine on this release, perfectly contrasting their death metal backbone. ‘Without Hands’ starts with a thundering riff that twists and turns unexpectedly across the fretboard before welcoming some sparkling clean guitars and a wonderfully emotive blues guitar solo. The journeys they take the listener on are so immersive, no matter how long the song they still grab your attention with every second. ‘Possession’ is no different, offering a similarly darkened winding road of measured chaos. The instrumental ‘Riddled’ is a luscious finger picked acoustic breather that further showcases the diversity boasted by this band. They have always consistently span a great yarn and it cannot be long until they give us not just a breakthrough album but a truly great one. If you’re tired of Opeth’s 70’s prog homages then this is a must listen for you. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) Related Leave a Reply Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published.CommentName* Email* Website Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email.