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Folie Circulaire

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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Since their 2005 debut album, Memento Mori, Atlanta-based heavy metal band Withered have replaced the rhythm section of Greg Hess and Wes Kever with bassist Mike Longoria and drummer Beau Brandon and switched record labels from Lifeforce to Prosthetic. But the core of the group remains guitarist/singers Chris Freeman and Mike Thompson, whose interplay is the signature sound on the band's second album, Folie Circulaire. The two guitars provide majestic midtempo riffs on such songs as "Gnosis Unveils" and "Purification of Ignorance," although the band also manages some typical speed metal pummeling elsewhere. The CD booklet provides a lyric sheet that reveals abstract ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Since their 2005 debut album, Memento Mori, Atlanta-based heavy metal band Withered have replaced the rhythm section of Greg Hess and Wes Kever with bassist Mike Longoria and drummer Beau Brandon and switched record labels from Lifeforce to Prosthetic. But the core of the group remains guitarist/singers Chris Freeman and Mike Thompson, whose interplay is the signature sound on the band's second album, Folie Circulaire. The two guitars provide majestic midtempo riffs on such songs as "Gnosis Unveils" and "Purification of Ignorance," although the band also manages some typical speed metal pummeling elsewhere. The CD booklet provides a lyric sheet that reveals abstract Biblical reflections on doom and gloom (sample verse: "Plague of man/For want of a purpose/At war with his nature/A useless passion"), and those sentiments would be unknown otherwise, since the howled vocals are utterly indiscernible in the mix. What matters here are those guitars, creating forceful music that carries a meaning of its own.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/24/2008
  • Label: Prosthetic Records
  • UPC: 656191005920
  • Catalog Number: 10059
  • Sales rank: 257,561

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Withered Primary Artist
Mike Thompson Guitar, Vocals
Mike Longoria Bass Guitar
Beau Brandon Drums
Technical Credits
Necrophobic Composer
Paul Gray Engineer
Scott Hull Mastering
Kjell Ramstedt Composer
Steve Slavich Engineer
Paul Romano Artwork, Art Direction
Jay Matheson Engineer
Phillip Cope Producer, Engineer
Withered Composer
Chris Freeman Composer
Mike Thompson Composer
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