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Magnetic Circus

We Die In Fire

October 10

Despite engulfing flames permeating the cover of We Die In Fire , very little about the three-song

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Magnetic Circus Extinguishes Its Own Fire With Lo-Fi Grungy Jarble -- That Almost Works

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Magnetic Circus

We Die In Fire

October 10

Despite engulfing flames permeating the cover of We Die In Fire, very little about the three-song EP is actually on fire. Rooted mostly in piercingly sharp distorted guitar and rough, half-yelled vocals, it's hard to tell where any one song ends and the next begins.

The opening track, "LustSexDeath," begins with a soft little guitar intro and actually seems pretty promising, but the cohesiveness of the song falls apart as soon as the vocals hit. Heavy rock and ambience fuse quite well when done properly, but in this instance the delivery seems half-hazard and sloppy. "Sunglasses At Night," unfortunately, lowers the bar even more. Vocalist Zackery _____ (a complete name for any of the members was impossible to find on the band's Bandcamp or Facebook) slurs his words in a yelling mess that is off-key, off-tempo and incredibly off-putting the entire album. On a positive note, Drummer Mario _____ adapts well to the guitar and vocals and adds perfectly timed fills that almost pulls the EP back to some sort of awkward middle ground.

Lastly, "EXP" shows a part of the band that I wished existed 99.9% of the time. It's experimental, slightly spastic and does a great job incorporating a sense of well-placed ambience. Zackery's voice sounds really nice when he opts to sing softer and focus more on pitch, instead of belting out in a lo-fi grungy jarble, and the quick drums and electric guitar solo create a great jam atmosphere that's edgy, but still very pleasant.

It's obvious these guys can rock -- the talent is there, no doubt. But somewhere in the fusing of heavy rock, lo-fi recording and ambient sounds there's a strong disconnect in the timing, tone and delivery of the instrumentation and vocals.

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