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CD REVIEW: Winter Circle - Clouds Call the Ground

 by: Cyrus Rhodes





Artist: Winter Circle
Clouds Call the Ground

Label: Independent Artist

Website: http://www.reverbnation.com/wintercircle

Genre: EMO, Melodic Metal, Alternative Rock, Hard Rock

Sounds Like: Sparta, Fall out Boy, Paramore. Linkin Park  

Technical Grade: 8/10

Production/Musicianship Grade: 8/10
Commercial Value: 8/10
Overall Talent Level: 8/10
Songwriting Skills: 8/10
Performance Skill: 7/10
Best Songs: Raining Ground, Kill Beauty,
Clouds Call the Ground

Weakness: More solo segments, over the top double bass performances



Oklahoma City 2 member band "Winter Circle” just released their latest CD entitled Clouds Call the Ground in 2013. Band consists of 2 core members: Kevin Dawson and Andy Hale

The CD kicks things off with “Lights Out” a melodic yet hard hitting intro piece that serves up driving rock rhythm against aggressive guitar segments, and captivating melodic vocals from that flow and ebb their way through emotional fruition. Track 2 “Kill Beauty” shifts gears a bit with impressive guitar ambience coupled with dynamic vocal segments and harmonies that twist and turn making for an impressive follow up statement. I especially like the polarizing feel of this piece offering a grand slam chorus against more chilled up verses leading up to the chorus. Aloe present are well placed vocal reinforcements and sonic harmonies from these two. Track 3 “Wake Up” serves up yet another passionate, full tilt groove, with impressive feel against heart felt vocal delivery and thought provoking lyrical content. As the CD slowly unfolds I can hear many different musical textures reminiscent of classic Linkin Park, Blue October, Dashboard Confessionals, with perhaps a dash of Fear Factory and Paramore. Fans of all things modern rock/hard melodic EMO rock will thoroughly enjoy this CD. As the CD slowly unfolds you will notice most of the songs are very dynamic, passionate and full of musical peak and valley. All in all this CD has some truly impressive moments on it showcasing impressive writing and lyrical content, with impressive musicianship to boot. The impressive dream team of Kevin Dawson and Andy Hale are not easy to pigeonhole. His passionate baritone works well within this catalogue as he holds the melody line extremely well. All songs are short and sweet musical experiences, and packed to the hilt with everything your would expect from a world class EMO-Rock release. It’s definitely a fully loaded CD from start to finish with some amazing chops, thought provoking lyrical content, and rich melodic vocal layering. All songs are sung from a deeply honest perspective that is 100% pure and genuine. From heartfelt “Where You Are’ and “Raining Angels” to melodic “Let the Bullets In” and hypnotic “Porcelain” to methodical Javier Lost in Mexico” this CD has someth8ing for just about everyone. The CD ends with Track 10 ”Push the Slaves out the Door” the perfect finale statement for a CD of this caliber.

I wish I head more solo guitar segments throughout the CD. Some of the double bass segments are a bit over the top. There a place and time for double bass action.  

Clouds Call the Ground by Winter Circle is an impressive musical production from start to finish. The music is clean but is heavy, but goes down smooth, with passionate messages that are sung from a deeply honest perspective. Like the aforementioned fans that like the hard hitting modern EMO sound will love this CD. It’s strong suit – the solid melodic consistency from both Kevin Dawson and Andy Hale. I especially like how they carry the melody line on most of the music. There isn’t a weak song anywhere on this entire CD. In the end it proves good Alt Rock is still alive and well in Oklahoma.

Cyrus Rhodes