When two musical masterminds decide to work together in a project the outcome is usually totally different from what you would expect. This is certainly the case with Circle Of Animals. The creative core is formed by Sandford Parker (Minsk, Nachtmystium) and Bruce Lamont (Yakuza). Aided by a revolving cast of drummers from such diverse acts as Cephalic Carnage, Sonic Youth, Tortoise and Municipal Waste this project turns out to be quite unconventional. The musical result of this is captured on Destroy The Light, so let’s have a closer look.
Destroy The Light doesn’t come remotely close to anything that Sandford Parker and Bruce Lamont are doing with their respective bands Minsk and Yakuza. Don’t expect any form of sludge or deranged avant-garde stoner/jazz. This album is a fresh approach to industrial metal in the vein of old Ministry and Killing Joke with lots of the progressive trickery that both gents are known for.
This album is hypnotic, mesmerizing and simply stunningly brilliant. Pulsating keyboard lines are counterbalanced by tribal styled drumming, give Destroy The Light a post-core styled avant-garde feel. Compositions such as Invisible War, No Faith, All Spirit/No Mind and Poison The Lamb appear to be relatively straightforward in nature, but the many atmospheric layers add a lot of texture and depth to them.
The progressive elements can be found in the constant shifting time changes, the unconventional arrangements and the intricate way the electronic and keyboard elements are interwoven with each other. Lesson Human Suffering, Seminal Animal and Destroy The Light are another fine set of examples.
The production of Circle Of Animals is simply brilliant, thanks to the considerable skills of Sandford Parker himself.
Destroy The Light by Circle Of Animals is truly a unique affair. The music sucks you in and takes you on one of the most compelling trips you’ll probably ever hear. Brilliant stuff!
written by Raymond Westland