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Melbourne’s alt metal titans Circles deliver the pinnacle of Australian progressive metal with their new single DigIllustrating this next chapter via Wild Thing Records on September 14, they are also announcing and starting pre-orders for their long-awaited EP The Stories We Are Afraid Of | Vol. 1.

The Stories We Are Afraid Of | Vol. 1 is the first instalment of an epic two-part EP, following Circles sophomore record, The Last One, which garnered international recognition and domestic success. The progressive giants continue to lead the path of the international djent movement with their upcoming release, furthering the incorporation of shimmering wavering pads, belting breakdowns and propelling percussion. 

The next instalment of The Stories We Are Afraid Of continues on where Sleepwalking left off, portraying the process of piecing together existentialism and identity to rekindle a strong connection with oneself,  which had previously dwindled to a flicker. Sleepwalking encompasses the realisation of the cathartic state and Dig marks the first steps towards change, leaving four more tracks to shape the meaning of the EP. 

Frontman Ben Rechter states: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.

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