Circuitry surges high voltage electricity into modern heavy music. Years of experimentation in multiple genres have resulted in a potent, debilitating groove to which there is no known antidote. The quartet fuses elements of modern progressive metal with classic metalcore, death, and catchy hooks, into an unmistakable signature sound. Circuitry’s rhythmic acuity and energetic live show gained them an allegiance of devotees encompassing a broad spectrum of tastes since their inception in late 2013. The band appeals to lovers of punk, hardcore, metal, and progressive music alike and has quickly earned a reputation for serious chops, flowing creativity and upbeat professionalism.
The eponymous debut album represents an overflow of impassioned artistry and a glimpse into what the future beholds as the band continuously refines its sound. Superfluous hooks, earth shattering rhythms, and guitar tessellations from another dimension abound throughout the release. This body of work was met with critical acclaim on ItDjents among other media sites, catapulting the band to Artist of the Month. “Unplug,” “Rarefactions,” and “The One Who Knocks” play-through videos have all made their way to Geargods, shedding some light onto the instrumental acumen of Circuitry, and turning many a head in the process.
Circuitry’s improbable cover of the Toto classic, “Africa” racked up thousands of views on Youtube and inspired a Metalsucks article highlighting their rendition. The exposure opened the band to yet another demographic and catalyzed their rapidly growing presence within the metal community. Ascension within this community is no easy feat as bastions of jaded metal purists and naysayers threaten to choke out every new ember that sparks. Rather than succumbing to being smothered, Circuitry has forged ahead with their fierce steadfastness to originality, musical prowess and melody. The band adamantly rejects compromise and instead sets a conflagration of sonic genesis. They exhibit unbridled devotion to their craft which affords them a unique advantage to stay ahead of the curve. The three share the same DIY ideology and have put countless hours into honing every aspect of what makes Circuitry special.
This is immediately apparent on the band’s sophomore effort, “Untouched by Human Hands.” The eye-popping, colorful, instantly recognizable album artwork, courtesy of Steven McCorry reflects the sonic content contained within. Genre bending exploration, otherworldly harmony, polished songwriting, and controlled chaos abound on this 11 song maelstrom. The band upped the ante by recruiting Steve Seid of Graphic Nature Audio to mix the album. The depth and clarity of the record is immediately noticeable, with every subtle nuance shining through. The first single, “Waving A White Flag,” delivers devastating drumming firepower, frenetic guitar gymnastics, and tortured vocal carnage rounded out by an infectious earworm of a chorus. This angular anthem offers a glimpse into the inner folds and depth of a noticeably well-crafted, painstakingly original collection of songs. Circuitry is sure to cement their foothold in the heavy music realm with this ambitious sophomore release.
Although relatively young in their existence, Circuitry displays an uncanny musical maturity that will only ripen with age. Garnering comparisons to Periphery, Animals as Leaders, Protest the Hero, Chiodos, Fall of Troy, Killswitch Engage and Circa Survive, it’s apparent that the band is in good company and spurns eclectic tastes. Brightness surely sits on the horizon for Circuitry.