Callenish Circle, a Dutch band, has recently been signed to Polar Bear Records. They play a kind of doomy death metal, and "Escape" is their second product (after "Drift of Empathy" which appeared on Hammerheart Records). "Escape" is an EP, intended to pacify the fans until their second full length album is released (allegedly they are in the studio about now, with Bertus Westerhuis).

"Escape" consists of three metal tracks and an instrumental track - an experimental percussion number, with African influences I guess. The other songs are consistent and have a well developed sound. Cool stuff, and recently I caught myself humming "Silent Tears" while cycling to the train station. That's a good sign, as I'd been humming Cradle of Filth for weeks before that.



Written June 1998


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