Circles Drop Their Highly Anticipated EP ‘The Stories We Are Afraid Of | Vol. 1’ ‘The Stories We Are Afraid Of | Vol. 1’ EP – Out Now

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Australia’s progressive metal giants, Circles, shape a new era with the release of the first part of their long-awaited two-part EP – ‘The Stories We Are Afraid Of | Vol. 1’Out Now via Wild Thing Records.

After the international success of their previous album ‘The Last One’ which landed #3 on AIR Independent Albums#47 ARIA Digital Albums, and #4 on TheMusic’s Album of the Year 2018, to say that their new EP has been anticipated is an understatement.

Produced during the extensive lockdowns in MelbourneCircles‘ new EP emphasises the importance of self-reflection and self-realisation in the face of despair and hopelessness, and illustrates the first steps in finding the strength to make positive, empowering change in oneself.

Circles’ Ben Rechter discusses the themes of ‘The Stories We Are Afraid Of | Vol. 1’: “The overarching theme of Vol.1 is one of a loss of identity and purpose, and trying to recapture a sense of wonder and passion for life that was once a core part of you. Musically, we went into these writing sessions with a focus on being more direct than on previous albums, steering away from crowding songs with heaps of different riffs for the sake of having more riffs that we personally like in there.”

‘The Stories We Are Afraid Of | Vol. 1’ was mastered by Luke Cincotta (Karnivool Dead Letter Circus) and was self-produced and mixed by Circles’ guitarist Ted Furuhashi. The addition of precisely developed synthesiser lines, integration of electronic percussion and refined samples brings another dimension to Circles’ new EP.

The progressive giants’ recent three singles have seen rotations on domestic and international radio stations, as well as curation from Spotify and Apple Music editorial playlists. ‘Sleepwalking’Dig’ and  ‘Echo’  have all been featured by The Racket on Triple J. Playlist success includes Spotify’s All New MetalProgressive MetalHomegrown + Heavy and Rock Out playlists in addition to Apple Music’s New Music DailyHeaps Heavy and The New Rock. Media support from domestic and international media outlets includes Heavy Mag (AU), Hysteria Mag (AU), Kill Your Stereo (AU), Metal Hammer (UK), Sonic Perspectives (US), The Prog Report (US) and more.

Circles recently came back in full touring force with a memorable Australian tour across the East Coast and Adelaide in collaboration with Destroy All Lines & Wild Thing Presents. Their advanced touring experience has seen them at internationally acclaimed prog festivals such as Progfest (Australia), Euroblast (Germany) and Progpower (USA) as well as opening for The Dillinger Escape PlanPeripheryOpethFear FactoryTesseracTTwelve Foot Ninja and many more globally recognised acts.

Cementing the next era for this prog-powerhouse, ‘The Stories We Are Afraid Of | Vol. 1’ is OUT NOW via Wild Thing Records on all major platforms and via CD and Vinyl via the Wild Thing Music Store.

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Previous support for Circles

‘Sleepwalking’ and ‘Echo’ – First Play on Triple J (The Racket)

‘Sleepwalking’ added to Spotify’s Homegrown + Heavy, All New Metal
and Apple Music’s Heaps Heavy

‘Dig’ added to Spotify’s Rock Out and Apple Music’s The New Rock

“. . . One of Australia’s most successful international prog experts . . .”
(Maniac) [About ‘Dig’]

“Their music soars as much as it djents, the vocals and harmonies, delivered by the three members across the front of the stage, are absolutely on the money, and it is all delivered with a tightness and precision that only comes from being together for well over a decade”
(The Music) [‘Sleepwalking’ AUS Tour Live Review]

“With more sonic meat than your local butcher and a simultaneous scintillating assault and caress of the senses on full display via Sleepwalking, 2022 is shaping up to be a particularly eventful one for Melbourne’s Circles”
(Hysteria) [About ‘Sleepwalking’]

“Some things in life are worth the wait . . . and it gives me pleasure this week to grace Melbourne rock outfit Circles as our featured artist”
(HEAVY Magazine) [About ‘Sleepwalking’]

‘The Last One’ (2018) landed #3 on AIR Independent Albums, #47 ARIA Digital Albums, #4 TheMusic’s Album Of The Year (Writers’ Poll), and reached close to 3 Million Spotify streams worldwide.

“Circles have crafted a modern progressive tapestry with plenty of wider appeal”
(Metal Hammer – UK) [About ‘The Last One’ Album]

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