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Summoner’s Circle – ‘Chaos Vector’

Blood Blast Distribution
Dimmu Borgir, Opeth, Tribulation
Release Date
August 27, 2021
Blood Blast Distribution
Blackened Death/Doom Metal

To express the cacophony that ravages one’s mind can be lost in translation to the ears that tries to decipher the alien speech that pours from the tongue of the one who slips into a state of cognitive dissonance, for in the eyes of the outsider to discern such foreign language may seem impossible for how can one express the storm with mere words, how do you paint the depth in which the abyss pulls you into?

‘Chaos Vector’ by Summoner’s Circle becomes the conduit that channels the slivers of a fractured mind where the pieces are rearranged into a mosaic of an abstract work of art. For the album strikes an equilibrium between musical complexity and the raw, unhindered emotions that festers beneath the flesh, In other words, where ‘Chaos Vector’ thrives is in its ability to manifest a stygian atmosphere with its discordant output, as the sound that is dispelled from the maw comes from a breath that reeks of despair and malice intertwined into one.

‘Of Black Horizons’, ‘Apostasy’ and ‘The Beyond’ are tracks which show the veins of this beast and the manner each one flows, for even though the ichor that courses within is derived from a lake of atrament, the way it’s current meanders differ in songs and in my opinion this showcases the beauty in which Summoner’s Circle bestows upon the listener, providing testament that one can paint a world from a sea of black.

The instrumental variables that surges through ‘Chaos Vector’ becomes the force which animates this creation, for it is the pinnacle upon the album which grants its visceral texture. At times the musical components can be likened to that of broken glass strewn upon a ground in a haphazard fashion, and you may be perplexed to why this analogy may sound a tad bit negative, but it’s quite the opposite, it is because of the unbridled playing and technical complexities that gives illusion of flesh being dragged through shards of glass in a manner that is fueled by pure potent emotion, and it is the juxtaposition of the beauty where blood glistens and gleams on the broken tips. In my opinion it is these contrasts that magnifies the vehement energy that is secreted from this entity.

Even though you can use a myriad of colors to paint that which dwells beneath, to birth the unseen into realization, without emotions, without the voices that whisper and seep into the spirit, then all that you have created is a husk with no air to fill it’s void. This is where the vocals take effect on ‘Chaos Vector’, becoming the chaos that is cemented into physical form, summoning forth the maelstrom in every verse that is sputtered, tracks such as, ‘Chaos Vector’ and ‘Vessel’ exhibits the range of the harsh register used intertwined with the instrumental variations resulting in a creation that feels as though it runs from weeping wounds, where every pulsation is amplified.

Summoner’s Circle draws from a well that has been polluted by venom and whose waters burn the tongue and sears the mind, deconstructing the experience and fashioning a melody from its remains. It is the channeling of these innate expressions through the technical notes and vocals that makes this album rather superb.

“An album woven together with intricate patterns and painted with different shades of black”

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