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Album Review: Dead Letter Circus – “Aesthesis”

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Tuesday, August 4, 2015 at 10:42 AM (PST)

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“And I hope that one day I will see you again”. This plaintive lyric opens Dead Letter Circus’s masterful new album Aesthesis. Kim Benzie’s distinct voice is a proud flag the Brisbane band rallies around with colorful and spacious hard rock that wastes absolutely zero time trying to fit into a box of preconceptions.

Life is a varied experience and thank God. I am a huge Max Cavalera fan but was dismayed to read an old quote recently I’d never seen where he called Killswitch Engage “gay”. Even more than the lazy use of that word I was much more bothered by the inference that Killswitch acted “like U2 on stage” as Cavalera said in, I think, like 2008 when Howard Jones was in the band. Perhaps it was bitterness for Sepultura doing an awesome “Bullet The Blue Sky” cover post-Max, but the Brazilian metal greats comments just rang as senseless to me. Every Soulfly record has had guests of different stripes from the very melodic Chino Moreno to Fred Durst! I know Max is a Bob Marley fan. Let’s try and be more open minded again in metal and hard rock.

Look, I like Possessed as much (and maybe more) than many people. That said, who are we trying to prove things too? Ten death metal or throwback thrash fans who only support narrow definitions instead of achievement and risk? With no melodic elements in metal there is no Fear Factory, no Iced Earth, so many good bands. One of my photographers today is shooting Deftones/Incubus for us and I’m thrilled that package tour is luring back some hard rock fans. Ticket sales are down across the board. Forward thinking bands like The Safety Fire are breaking up. Mayhem Fest just fell apart, tragically.

This is not a time for closing doors on each other.

“Yeah dude, but is the record good”? Yes. Dare I say, Hell fuckin’ yes?!

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Interview: Dead Letter Circus – A Catalyst Fire Inside

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Tuesday, November 19, 2013 at 1:44 PM (PST)

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It is always cool when some really unique stuff finds mass appeal, whether it be Lorde or Beck or, like…i dunno, Mudvayne’s L.D. 50. or Mastodon’s The Hunter. Australia’s rock standard bearers of the moment, Dead Letter Circus are back with The Catalyst Fire (available now right HERE).

Dead letter Circus is music for real music fans. They aren’t a super heavy band and some people think they are emo because they are catchy, but really this is an expansive, lush and deeply talented alternative hard rock band with stirring prog elements and a real “don’t give a fuck” belief in their sound. “I stopped thinking about the labels people put on styles of music a while ago.  There is music I love, music that I like and music I despise,” says vocalist Kim Benzie.

I’ve been listening to Soundgarden’s King Animal a lot. It isn’t their heaviest record but it is still THEM. “Bones of Birds” or “Halfway There” are just great songs. It is sad when people can’t appreciate things for what they are (as long as something isn’t extremely shitty, hahaha). But, my point is…If you like melody of The Ocean on the brilliant Pelagial or think The Safety Fire or Saosin’s stuff as refreshing then there really isn’t a reason why you should dislike DLC. Dead Letter Circus are catchy and have more accessible parts here and there, but it is welded to a framework of unbridled freedom rock fans should recognize.

To read an MR Exclusive with Kim about lighting mental fires via making music for everyone, no one and themselves…please click HERE.

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Born of Osiris announce fall tour

Posted by longhairedpoet on Thursday, August 22, 2013 at 1:48 PM (PST)

born-of-osiris-sumericanrecords Chicago death metallers Born of Osiris are preparing to decimate North America.

Born of Osiris will be touring in support of their newest album Tomorrow We Die Alive.

Born of Osiris will receive support from labelmates Periphery, Dead Letter Circus and Twelve Foot Ninja.

Check out tour dates, a statement from guitarist Lee McKinney and the video for “Machines” recorded live on the Rockstar Energy Mayhem Festival here.

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Intronaut reveal U.S tour dates with Animals As Leaders

Posted by Ehrila on Thursday, May 19, 2011 at 2:58 PM (PST)

California progressive metallers Intronaut has revealed a few of the dates for the upcoming U.S tour with Animals As Leaders. Support on the tour will come from Dead Letter Circus, Last Chance To Reason and a solo set from The Faceless bassist Evan Brewer. You can view the few confirmed dates below, and stay tuned for more updates.

Click here for the tour dates.

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Sumerian Records sign with Dead Letter Circus

Posted by Ehrila on Thursday, May 19, 2011 at 2:23 PM (PST)

Australian progressive metal act Dead Letter Circus announced that they have signed with Sumerian Records. The label will be re-releasing the band’s latest full length “This Is The Warning” on July 26, 2011.

The band commented on joining Sumerian:

“We’re all super pumped about our recent signing with Sumerian Records. Their passion for the project was undeniable and really made us feel at home. The release of the record in the United States marks the next stage in our career and we can’t wait to unleash This Is The Warning to the American rock fans.”

“Thematically, This is the Warning is a first person account of awakening to the construct that has been put in place in an attempt to control and mold us. However, it’s also about refusing to be a subject of it and forging your own path. We are part of the next wave of bands that grew up listening to rock bands like Tool, Deftones, Soundgarden, Radiohead, Pearl Jam etc., as well as electronic acts like Massive Attack, NIN and UNKLE. While we don’t sound like a mash up of these bands, they have all definitely infused our minds with a love for writing epic, layered and high energy songs.”

“The great thing about this genre of music is knowing you are part of the soundtrack to the more intense moments in people’s lives, but ultimately what we live for is the connection and transferral of energy from the live show. Our experience here in Australia is that the songs seem to have resonated with people to a level where it feels like a toe-to-toe standoff between us and the crowd, both seeing who can scream the song the loudest at each other. We are really pumped about taking this to the U.S. and giving a little back for all the amazing music your country has delivered us.”

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