Circle Takes The Square - As The Roots Undo (Cover Artwork)

Circle Takes The Square

Circle Takes The Square: As The Roots UndoAs The Roots Undo (2004)
Robotic Empire

Reviewer Rating: 5
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Contributed by: colincolin
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Circle Takes The Square is better than you. Seriously. An introduction of haunting whistles in "The Same Shade as Concrete" is chaotically destroyed when the screams of "Rejoice, rejoice, a noble birth, a prince is born!" enter with chaotic drumming, amazing guitar work and dual male/female scre.

Circle Takes The Square is better than you. Seriously.

An introduction of haunting whistles in "The Same Shade as Concrete" is chaotically destroyed when the screams of "Rejoice, rejoice, a noble birth, a prince is born!" enter with chaotic drumming, amazing guitar work and dual male/female screaming vocals go to work. At first I would consider this band hardcore, but to limit them to such a genre is unfair. Throughout every song there are numerous shifts in tone, beat, and influence.

The album continues with older songs "Crowquill" and "In The Nervous Light of Sunday", both amazing anthems, with "Nervous..." having multiple parts where you just can't stop yourself from screaming along to the incredibly written lyrics.

"Interview At The Ruins" shows a different side of the band, keeping the song slow and intense, with much shorter lyrics, but just as powerful as every other song on the album. Repeating guitars and double-bass buildups leave you wanting to keep every song on repeat, if it weren't for the fact the next song will be just as good.

"Non Objective Point Of Karma" begins with a few minutes of repetition and buildup, ending in a slaughter of screaming guitars and voices. The duality of the male/female screaming comes into play a lot throughout the album, and the vocals are done in a superb manner.

"Kill The Switch" has to be my favorite song on the album, a 9:35 non-stop anthem, with the intensity of the bass-kicking and the lyrics "Life is lowly / lowly anonymity. I know it's all been done before / I want to do it again..." building up to great guitar breakdowns and finally the anthemic "As in sorrow / so shall ye weep / as in reason / so shall ye sleep" ending the song with fists pumping in the air.

"A Crater to Cough In" rounds out the effort very nicely, with a sensibility reminiscent of "Karma," but less electronic influence in the intro.

I could go on and on about how genious this album is, but all I can do is recommend finding some MP3's (I believe Robotic Empire's site has one up) and checking them out for yourself. After seeing them in house shows and small clubs, I really hope this album becomes the explosive hit of the punk community in 2004, because it has all the potential for that job. Lyrically and musically amazing and crafted masterfully, Circle Takes The Square will be your new favorite band.


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Fine Print: The following comments are owned by whoever posted them. We are not respon sible for them in any way. Seriously.
twoheadedboy (March 5, 2012)

this album changed the way i looked at music

MichaelJordan (July 15, 2010)

Their music is worthless AND they're terrible people.

thurstonXwhore (February 13, 2007)

Great people in person. Awesome passion and energy behind the songs. But that doesn't take away from the fact that bad emocore bad metal = bad music. It's essentially Portraits of Past meets Palatka. Eh.

They're also as boring live as My Bloody Valentine.

code1984 (December 23, 2006)

this is the greatest shit no doubt

treos (July 23, 2006)

kill the switch is one of my fav songs ever.

tylerdurden8136 (March 31, 2006)

go kill yourself, colin.

Anonymous (March 31, 2006)

Awesome album, I love CTTS, my only problem is that I can't find any other bands that sound like them. I love their sound and Fear Before the March of Flames, but these bands are so original its hard to find other bands like them to listen to as well. After all the same 6 or 7 songs get boring... Any Help?

HeresLookinAtYou (March 29, 2006)

This album is perfect.

simple as that.

Anonymous (March 10, 2006)

The Best Album From Circle Takes The Square Very well made good music that you can relate to

Anonymous (February 10, 2006)

this isnt music this is beautiful art!

mcgregor107 (January 4, 2006)

maybe its because i'm not really into prog-rock, but i just don't get it.. it's fantastic all-around music, but i know that CTTS has something going.

thejewvolta (December 9, 2005)

guess whats good
this record
its really
really good

I totally read 'Same Shade As Concrete' for my forensics class

Anonymous (December 7, 2005)

One of the best releases in the past 5 years, vocals are passionate, guitar work amazing, hard not to get caught up in the music. I love this band and will follow them avidly. Thanks to CB (RY) for introducing me to them. Look forward to future releases.

-Igby Goes Down

Anonymous (November 23, 2005)

This is some of the best music i have ever heard. the lyrics are amazing and the guitar is undiscribable. Although i think its great and there are lots of people that do to not everyone will like it

Anonymous (September 10, 2005)

Its one of the last bands i really got blown away by, which really hasn't happend in about 6 years now, so Circle Takes The Square is without a doubt one of 2004 best bands out there!

Anonymous (August 25, 2005)

despite many bands sharing their art-core vein, i give this band props for originality and an A for passion, with excellent guitar work throughout. Unfortunately, the vocals are a complete caucophany and put this album in the category of 'acquired tastes.'

Anonymous (June 22, 2005)

I couldnt say if the lyrics or the music is better. Best release of this Decade. By far.

Anonymous (December 8, 2004)



TrailerParkJesus (August 28, 2004)

Incredible album. Topping 'best of '04' lists everywhere. Er, it should be. No one mentioned yet that this band is only a 3-piece.

Anonymous (July 28, 2004)

This album sucks. Kill yourself!

Baby_im_an_Anarchist (June 22, 2004)

this cd is one of the best i heard its so kick ass

best song non-objective portrait of karma

ObeyYourParents (June 3, 2004)

What can I say?

Great stuff. Excellent album layout and artwork. Oh yeah, the music is very nice as well. Kudos!

Anonymous (May 19, 2004)

haha, that was a good review "Circle is better than you. Seriouly."

seriously though, you have to check this band out. For the amount of work they put into their music/lyrics/artwork it should be a crime if you dont check it out.

The future holds good things I tell ya

Anonymous (May 15, 2004)

This has to be one of the most clever, well played and simply best album of all times. Don't hesitate - buy today!

Anonymous (February 6, 2004)

The reviewer pretty much says everything you need to know about this band... They're fucking awesome, go get this cd if you don't have it yet.

inagreendase (February 2, 2004)

Holy shit, I just listened to two songs and it's off the hook more than Jenna Jameson's work phone [weak, I know]. But this is seriously great stuff, it's like if Conor Oberst sang for the Blood Brothers.

Anonymous (February 2, 2004)

this reminds you of the locust???

JonLCFmag (January 31, 2004)

this is my #1 most anticiapted release, that siad, I still haven't heard it. bummer.

TheOneTrueBill (January 30, 2004)

hey fatty



Anonymous (January 29, 2004)

Score's for the kid a few posts down, trying to get in a cheap promotion of his band on the review of an actual established band. For shame, sir!

- Fatty Arbuckle

Anonymous (January 28, 2004)

I heard this band a long time ago and don't remember liking them. Upon second listen, they're not bad, but they're not as amazing as all of you think.
The singer's throat must kill after shows...

Anonymous (January 28, 2004)

The mp3s of this band are amazing. I usually don't get into this sort of stuff but this is great shit.

Reminds me of the locust.

Anonymous (January 28, 2004)

this is a perfect record

Anonymous (January 27, 2004)

you might like my band if you like ctts,

Anonymous (January 27, 2004)

the circle rocks

notfeelingcreative (January 27, 2004)

This album gives me seizures and i'm not epileptic.

Anonymous (January 27, 2004)

hey guys
this music is insane
for mp3s.

Anonymous (January 27, 2004)

Good review Colin. CTTS is just, for lack of a better word, awesome. Not only are they a really great band, but they're extremely nice and humble kids who really care about their fans. And they all do amazing artwork outside of their music.

TheOneTrueBill (January 27, 2004)

Oh yeah. Someone review the 'Some Girls' cd.

TheOneTrueBill (January 27, 2004)

Way to be modest.

Anonymous (January 27, 2004)

'houdini logic' was on their first ep that they put out in 2002 (i think)...

FortyMinutesWest (January 27, 2004)

Fuck yes.

tyroneshoelaces (January 27, 2004)

This score is for the name of the band. I will be picking this up very soon, great review.

dignin (January 27, 2004)

I listened to a couple of the mp3's, and while it was pretty good musically, I just can't get into it cause of one of the guys voice.

sk8punx4evr (January 27, 2004)

i hate everything on robotic empire.

Anonymous (January 27, 2004)

So fucking good I've been waiting for this cd for soooo long

Anonymous (January 27, 2004)

This CD makes me insane!! Its frantic, its heavy, its great. man. . .but where does the song "houdini logic" come from?

dazed (January 27, 2004)

The mp3s on hxcmp3 sound kind of like Majority Rule, just more chaotic and with the dueling vocalist vibe...

Anonymous (January 27, 2004)

nothing but good things can be said about this band and album.


Anonymous (January 27, 2004)

love this band

sickboi (January 27, 2004)

"Circle circle, dot dot, now i have my cootie shot."


Anonymous (January 27, 2004)

I think this album was leaked on the internet before they even began recording it.

bryne (January 27, 2004)

I want to hear this. I've heard nothing but good things about this band.

Anonymous (January 27, 2004)

this shit fucking destroys.

Anonymous (January 27, 2004)

Ctts haven't been cool for at least 6 months

Anonymous (January 27, 2004)

They fucking rule live

Anonymous (January 27, 2004)

they suck live

Anonymous (January 27, 2004)

Robitic Empire is better than you and so is Circle Takes The Square

WingsOutside (January 27, 2004)

The CD case is amazing btw, and the artwork is done by the male singer in the band....

And it really is an amazing CD, especialy when you consider it is 45 minutes of music with few breaks inbetween...

There are absolutley no weak tracks on this CD, each is long and still remains unique, keeping the CD interesting for its full 45 minutes.

Buy it. Now.

Anonymous (January 27, 2004)

dont get me wrong this album definitely does rip.. i kinda think they might do even better in future releases though

Romeo (January 27, 2004)

What a great intro though. I gotta get this cd.

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