ARTIST:

A PERFECT CIRCLE

(UNITED KINGDOM)
TITLE:

THIRTEENTH STEP

(2003)
LABEL:

VIRGIN

GENRE:

ALTERNATIVE METAL

TAGS:
Acoustic, Opera-Rock
"Second masterstroke for "Perfect Circle" which signs here a dark and very catchy album."
TORPEDO (09.10.2003)  
4/5
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The band's second album, "Thirteenth Step" is a continuation of their previous production "Mer de Noms". Remember that the members of this band are not strangers since they belong to other bands such as Tool or Nine Inch Nail. For the lyrics they chose a theme that is not the most optimistic since it concerns the dark side of the human psyche.

While the "Perfect Circle" style is easily recognizable, there is a certain evolution on this new opus compared to its predecessor. "Thirteenth Step" leans more towards melancholy than nervousness. The "torn" passages are still present but to a lesser degree. The elements that made the success of "Mer de Noms" are now less raw. Instrumental arrangements are more sought-after, songs are less aggressive and riffs are used sparingly. Let's stop here for a comparison between the two albums to take a closer look at the content of "Thirteenth Step".

Overall, the compositions do not have explosive technical characteristics. The rhythms are neither slow nor fast and the solos seem to have been totally put aside. There is no feeling of heaviness typical of atmospheric movement, due to the extensive use of acoustic guitars with varied sounds (including one typical of the "Cure"). A few more ornaments (strings and keyboards) have been added to bring a little more variety and harmony to an already very melodious ensemble. Let's not forget the exceptional voice of power and accuracy that gives the atmospheres their full flavour.

Second masterstroke for "Perfect Circle" which signs here a complete and very catchy album. Noirceur is the key word for ambiences that sometimes present an unexpected opening on the light. And what is unexpected is all the more enjoyable...


More informations on http://www.aperfectcircle.com/





TRACK LISTING:
01. The Package
02. Weak And Powerless
03. The Noose
04. Blue
05. Vanishing
06. A Stranger
07. The Outsider
08. Crimes
09. The Nurse Who Loved Me
10. Pet
11. Lullaby
12. Gravity

LINEUP:
Billy Howerdel: Guitares
Josh Freese: Batterie
Maynard James Keenan: Chant
Paz Lenchantin: Basse
Troy Van Leeuwen: Guitares
   
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AYREON: The Final Experiment (1995)
PROGRESSIVE ROCK - In "Final Experiment" Lucassen has found his own style, a rock/metal opera, as good as in some of its successors.
ANATHEMA: A Natural Disaster (2003)
ATMOSPHERIC ROCK - "A Natural Disaster" is maybe less impactful than what the band has already done but it definitely remains a top-of-the-range album.
 
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