JOINTSTEREO "Circles. EP" 2015
/Another Side Records/

Tracklist:
1. Circles, Pt. 1
2. Ouroboros
3. Fractal Universe
4. Circles, Pt. 2

 

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scream magazine 197Russiske Jointstereo spiller post metal med en fot i depressiv metal og den andre i hardcore. Det er som a here Palm Reader gjore coverlater av Katatonia, uten at atmosfaBren eller kvaliteten til disse bandene gjenskapes pa noen mate. Jointstereo er ikke helt uten potensial, men pa «Circles» er de ribbet for egenart. Bandet er inne pa noe nlr de roer ned trokket og fokuserer pa atmosfaere. Nar de derimot hever testosteron-nivaet daler kvaliteten tilsvarende. Det hele ender med en EP dor visse partier funker greit, mens resten blir forutsigbart og forglemmelig.

Robin Syversen (Scream Magazine #197)

necromance 09JOINTSTEREO es un dúo de post-rock/progressive proveniente de Rusia. Formados en el año 2008 como banda han sufrido ciertas dificultades para tener una formación estable pero aun asi se las han ingeniado para lanzar un par de singles y un larga duración. Ahora como dúo buscan la anhelada estabilidad con este EP llamado “Circles” editado por nuestros amigos de Europa del Este Metal Scrap Records.
Los de Krassnodar nos ofrecen en esta pasada 4 tracks de no mas de 17 minutos en total. El primer tema se titula “Circles Pt. 1” que es una pieza relajada que me recordó a los temas lentos y acústicos de OPETH. “Ouroboros” el track 2 es el mas interesante del EP con un inicio muy similar a la canción anterior, pero la composición saca personalidad al momento de aparecer las voces agresivas y los leads de guitarra logrando un tema con una densidad bien lograda y un continuo sentimiento de angustia que se acerca al sonido de agrupaciones de doom metal como CANDLEMASS o PARADISE LOST.
“Fractal Universe” mantiene la línea depresiva del EP con unas hermosas guitarras que son el centro de la atención durante todo este trabajo. Finalmente cerramos con “Circles Pt.2” es el tema por lejos más rockero del trabajo pero que mantiene las pautas ya establecidas: la mencionada sensación depresiva y los tiempos lentos y densos, además de contar con una dualidad vocal mas inmediata que va alternando el registro entre voces limpias y graves durante toda la canción.
Un trabajo que no creo que disguste a nadie pero que le falta esa chispa para colocar a JOINTSTEREO entre las bandas que pueden estar dentro de la primera división de este género. Esperemos que la banda por fin pueda estabilizarse ya sea como dúo o con la inclusión de nuevos integrantes y puedan por fin mostrarnos su potencial en un trabajo de larga duración.

7/10
Javier Alday Palacios (Necromance Web Magazine #9, 2015)

rock hard magazine 29Najskôr by som vysvetlil názov kapely, aby nedošlo k nedorozumeniu. Joint stereo je režim ukladania dátového záznamu, napríklad pri MP3. Hudba týchto dvoch pánov z Ruska ma milo prekvapila. Je to síce len EP, ale skladby prinesú účinok, aký bol zamýšľaný, a tým je atmosféra beznádeje a smútku. Precítená, akusticky dobre zvládnutá zmes melanchólie. Pri počúvaní prvých tónov skladby „Circles Pt.1“ som nadobudol pocit, že počúvam OPETH. Meniaci sa spev od jemného po škriekajúci scream. Gitara je väčšinou používaná len s akustickým efektom popri klávesoch a v niektorých pasážach sa zmení na bustrový efekt. Majú za sebou len pár demo nahrávok, a preto verím, že album bude veľmi dobre zvládnutý a prinesie ešte lepší výsledok z ich práce.

4,5/5
Pavel Madola (Rock Hard Magazine #29)

When a band presents itself as playing “Atmospheric Progressive Post-Metal/Rock”, you know you’re in for a ride. Not necessarily a good one, but definitely a ride. I mean, with a description like that you don’t really know what the hell the band is supposed to sound like so, if nothing else, at least you’ll be surprised.
Having been turned off by the opening, “Circles Pt. I,” which featured Arthur Shakhbazian sounding so wimpy that it almost made me want to find him and steal his lunch money, what came later surprised me. While Shakhbazian may not shine in his softer side, when he projects his voice in a lower tone, like in “Ouroboros” and “Fractal Universe”, where he even shows his growling skills, he can really do some great things.
The soft guitars that make up most of the background bring a lot of memories of Katatonia, particularly their Viva Emptiness time (some sections of “Circles Pt. II” really sound like they belong there), as well as of Lonely Robot. While the former parallel might be a good thing (although Jonas Renkse does use his vocals in a better way), the latter isn’t. Just like Lonely Robot, there are times when Jointstereo are just boring, and even though you keep waiting for something interesting to happen, the payoff doesn’t come. Really, that opening track is just terrible.
Despite a horrible beginning, Circles is a solid release. Sure, it has it shortcomings (the production could be better, and the softer vocals are cringe-inducing) but it can definitely entertain you. Fans of Katatonia, and even of Steven Wilson, will eat it up.

3.5/5
J (Metal Blast)

Jointstereo are a band from Russia that plays a progressive mixture of doom/death metal, atmospheric and post rock and this is a review of their 2015 ep "Circles" which was released by Another Side Records.
Clean guitar playing starts off the ep and also brings in elements of both progressive and post rock into the bands musical style and the solos and leads are very melodic and when vocals are added into the music they are in a clean singing direction and the band also brings in a great amount of ambient, atmospheric and depressive rock elements into the songs.
All of the music sticks to a very slow musical direction along with all of the musical instruments having a very powerful sound to them and after awhile the music starts adding in more heavy doom metal elements as well as some screams and growls that are very heavily influenced by death metal which they also combine with a touch of post metal and the songs also bring in a great mixture of both calm and heavy parts.
Jointstereo plays a musical style that goes for a modern style of progressive and post rock/metal which they also mix in with the heaviness of doom and death metal to create something very original, the production sounds very professional while the lyrics cover dark, mythological and depressive themes.
In my opinion Joinstereo are a very great sounding progressive mixture of doom/death metal, atmospheric and post rock and if you are a fan of those musical genres, you should check out this band. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE " Ouroboros" and "Fractual Universe".

8/10
OccultBlackMetal (Doomed To Darkness Zine)

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