"Second Circle" (Monolith Records; 2013)

Reviewed by Jeff Rogers

Gyre are heavy. Really heavy. This disc is inspired by T.S. Elliot's poem "The Wasteland" (you'll find it here it is if you want to read it).

Gyre explore the dark and desolation that must precede creation. The music is incredible -- the guitar is metal all the way, the vocals are growling from start to finish, and when there are clean vocals it's only because the song is building into a blast of mayhem.

"Second Circle" is only four tracks but there is enough music in those four tracks to make it a full album. There are many layers to this disc. I suggest about five listens to hear them break it down and then build it up again.

Gyre: Juan Soaz - Guitar; Pablo Carpio - Drums; Ian McCartney - Guitar; Chirag Bhatt - Bass; Giovannie Jeckler - Vocals.

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Rating Guide:

A classic. This record will kick your ass.

Killer. Not a classic but it will rock your world.

So-so. You've heard better.

Pretty bad. Might make a nice coaster.

Self explanatory. Just the sight of the cover makes you wanna hurl.

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