Encyrcle - Encyrcle (Unspeakable Axe Records)

Delightful speed metal fun-times...
Release Date: 
1 Jun 2015 - 11:30pm

I can't help but like Encyrcle. Yet another band that's looking back to the glory days of speed metal (though they call their particular take on it 'Nocturnal Speed Metal), their album is - and I don't get to say this as often as I'd like - a lot of fun. It's really bloody enjoyable because the band do such a great job with their material. After the suitably regal (and retro) intro of Chronoboros, in comes To the End; it's like some new old skool, there's a bit of falsetto with the vocals, some prolonged screams over the riffage (which is certainly chunky enough to satisfy) and there's plenty of sweet soloing and drum-work. Like I said; this is fun, possibly a bit dodgy in a 'look at the trousers we wore back then' kind of way but you know what? I don't care. I'm talking to myself here but I'm seriously enjoying it so screw you, you over-intellectualising too-cool-for-school bastard musical hipster fuck. Goodness...it's almost as if I have to justify it to myself...

But anyways, you get 11 tracks of the good old stuff on here and each one is a cracker. I think Black Dust might be the longest track on here but as I was having so much fun, I didn't pay too much attention. Encyrcle seem to have maintained the traditional three minute verse, chorus, verse structure with their song-writing, and it works very, very well. Dizzy Me Deadly throws in the obligatory '666' high-pitched vocal, while the splendid Serpent's Dream gets all classical piano on your ass - and what rocking guitars! Put down your musical pretensions and get involved with this. Such fun!