Gyre – Second Circle EP
Release Date: July 23, 2013
Ever since I’ve started reviewing music, one of the many elements that have really stood out to me among many of the others was the use and execution of lyrical themes. With these themes, I also saw how these correlated with genres, where some would use similar subjects constantly and consistently. Although this has been common for quite some time, there have only been a few bands that have stood out to me. One of these bands has recently been brought to my attention as of late because of this. Gyre has released their second EP, Second Circle, which plays with an interesting concept that I haven’t really ever heard in the style of music they play.
Categorized as deathcore/death metal, it seems that they have transcended past this label and come across as a more progressive metal band incorporating the latter characteristics within their creations. In their first EP, they aimed their sights at the root chakra (points of the human body that contains centers of life force, believed in Hinduism and Buddhism) which they loosely intertwined with a literary piece, “The Second Coming” poem by William Butler Yeats. Although I never heard of their first EP, I decided to give these guys a shot.
Second Circle continues the concept of the chakras, by tackling the second chakra and mixing it’s concept with T.S. Eliot’s “The Wasteland” and the subject it encompasses. The second chakra represents all-destructiveness, delusion, disdain and the understanding that we must consume to produce. I haven’t even listened to this EP and I’m already intrigued to the highest degree. Gyre may prove to be a major dark horse with this release.
“All Revealing Eye” kicks off the EP in high energy fashion with some powerful drum work and the introduction of harsh vocals that immediately had me thinking of Peter Tuthill styled vocals. Giovannie Jeckler continues this style throughout the EP, alongside a cleaner, melodic approach that deeply contrasts the two styles very well. With this track, Giovannie utilizes the cleans within the chorus section, which has become pretty popular with many bands that incorporate the different vocal approach. At first, the guitar sections really bored me, as it seemed like they weren’t really going anywhere. Of course, the main point of the first song seemed to take on more of the straight forward task to bring in the listener, which is understandable. However, I really did like the clean sections and the overall power behind the track.
“Circle to Feed” has a different approach from it’s predecessor. Juan Soaz and Ian McCartney up their game with amazingly layered guitars that correspond with each other off and on throughout. The production is something to be noted here, as each instrument can be heard, which is a plus for sure when it comes to listening to progressive metal. Chirag Bhatt, the bassist, demonstrates his chops as well once you dig more so into the mix of it all. Combined with Pablo Carpio’s stunning drum prowess, the rhythm section has nothing to worry about. This track hits home immediately for me.
“Ever Devourer” continues the trend of the first track, but adds in some creativity that eventually leads up to “Circle to Feed”. “Circle to Feed” has a different approach from it’s predecessor. Juan Soaz and Ian McCartney up their game with amazingly layered guitars that correspond with each other off and on throughout. The production is something to be noted here, as each instrument can be heard, which is a plus for sure when it comes to listening to progressive metal. Chirag Bhatt, the bassist, demonstrates his chops as well once you dig more so into the mix of it all. Combined with Pablo Carpio’s stunning drum prowess, the rhythm section has nothing to worry about. This track hits home immediately for me.
“I Receiving All” is the last track, comes off ominous and suddenly aggressive and in your face, much like the first couple of tracks. Clean vocals take over immediately in the introduction but soon lose power as the harsh vocals enter abruptly. These shift back and forth, almost as if in a power struggle, but flow so well together. The track ends on an awkward note, but enough to have me wanting more from the band. An excellent finish for sure.
This release has had me on the fence for a while. There are definite progressive tendencies throughout the album that I enjoy and I think that they overshadow some of the more simple ideas. However, you can’t expect it all to be the same either. Powerful riffs, vocals, and rhythms really shine here along with the lyrical concepts working in the fine grains of these elements. Gyre have created a piece of music that should get them more recognition and I will definitely put them on my list of bands to watch out for in the future. Second Circle is a mixed bag, but there should be enough of everything to interest many. Check it out for yourself, you might be surprised.