CD Review: Circa Survive "Descensus"

For its fifth studio album, this post-hardcore alternative outfit from Philly tried something new—a quick writing and recording process—and the results are a success.
By Jon D'Auria ,

For its fifth studio album, this post-hardcore alternative outfit from Philly tried something new—a quick writing and recording process—and the results are a success. On a record that alternates between heavy and fast and melodic and mellow, Nick Beard skips the busier approach he used on 2012’s Violent Wave; though he shines on Descensus, the focus of his presence lies in his roaring, dense tone.