L-R – Ben Reyes (Bass), Kevin Cangas (Vocals), Francisco Loya (Drums), Johny Serna (Guitar), Felipe Jasso (Guitar)
Photo Credit – Bryan Castro
There have been quite a number of bands popping up over the course of the pandemic as people have found themselves with an abundance of time, and that is the story of Circa Arcana from Texas, USA. In the past year they have had their heads down, working away on their debut album “Bridget Viginti” , and now, those hard-hitting breakdowns, groovy melodic bits, and catchy chorus are now ready to be released upon metalcore fans around the world. They have released a video to compliment the first single off this release “Esoteric” , which the band details:
“It was the first single we released as a band. We started writing the song off of the chorus riff. That riff was something I had written about 4 years ago when I played with Frank in another local band but we never did anything with it. When we first formed Circa Arcana and were trying to start writing some songs he remembered that riff. I had to find an old phone recording to remember what he was talking about. We built the song up pretty quickly from there. It's definitely an eerie song, lyrically touching on the topic of addiction and overcoming it.”
With two singles released already that have been gathering acclaim, Circa Arcana is starting to come into the forefront of the local scene. Formed in the summer of 2020, each of the five musicians has experience playing in other bands, so the writing process has come together rather organically. They try to always go back to the basics and to the root of their style which involves having parts that for everyone to enjoy, including heavy parts for people that like to mosh and go crazy, as well as catchy parts so people can sing to it.
Fierce and heartfelt, their lyrical themes can range from personal struggles with addiction and personal demons to stories of occult legends and disassociated dreams. The band is really driven off by topics that involve tarot magic, black magic, and the occult.
Circa Arcana is recommended for core fans especially those with an interest in Underoath, Blessthefall, and Wage War.
The EP “Bridget Viginti” comes out on February 18, 2022.
1. Ten of Swords (5:42)
2. The Tower (4:31)
3. The Chariot (3:00)
4. Luna (4:28)
5. Esoteric (4:40)
EP Length: 22:19
EP Recording & Live Band Line Up:
Kevin Cangas – Vocals
Johny Serna – Guitar
Felipe Jasso – Guitar
Frank Loya – Drums
Ben Reyes – Bass
EP Recording Credits:
• All songs performed by: CIRCA ARCANA
• All songs written by: CIRCA ARCANA
• Produced by: CIRCA ARCANA / JTS STUDIO PRODUCTIONS
• Mixed by: CHRIS HARD / RESARTUS PRODUCTIONS
• Mastered by: CHRIS HARD / RESARTUS PRODUCTIONS
• EP Artwork by: Kavan the Kid
“Do you like melodic metalcore? If you do, there’s a good chance you’ll enjoy what Texas metalcore band Circa Arcana are doing with their newest single, “Esoteric”. Formed last year during the COVID-19 pandemic, you might not think it a good time for a new band to form, but art often flourishes during the darkest times. It’s no different for Circa Arcana – the band is currently finishing their first EP entitled Bridget Viginti, slated for later release in 2022. A decent comparison might be mid-period Killswitch Engage, It Dies Today, or even the underrated Diecast album Internal Revolution, as the band’s combination of bright melodies and aggression will fit right at home to fans of that style.” – New Fury Media
“Circa Arcana may have gotten started last year, but some of the members have been around in the El Paso for a WHILE. Their sound has compared to It Dies Today, I See Stars, Blessthefall & Howard Jones-era Killswitch Engage.” – Daniel Paulus – KLAQ 95.5 FM – El Paso, TX