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Circa Arcana — Bridget Viginti

Circa Arcana
Bridget Viginti
by Shea Higgerson at 12 April 2022, 6:19 AM

El Paso, Texas metalcore band CIRCA ARCANA comes in hot with their debut EP “Bridget Viginti,” which the band says is named for the first witch burned in Salem, Massachusetts and the 20 (viginti) witches burned during the Salem Witch Trials. The EP is typical metalcore with melodic riffs, intense screams, dark lyrical content, and some clean singing thrown into the mix in the style of bands like WAGE WAR and WE CAME AS ROMANS.

“Ten of Swords” wasn’t the best song to start with in my opinion. The opening vocals were pretty emo and didn’t make me want to keep listening. However, it didn’t take long for the heavy screams to come in and I was pretty impressed with those. I feel like the song got a lot better after that initial blip. “The Tower” is a song with the overall “you don’t know who I really am” theme and I think it made the biggest impression on me. “The Chariot” is a defiant anthem where the band fights back with a “we won’t back down” attitude. There’s even some Indigenous style battle sounds, which seem a little out of place, although they do sound cool.

“Luna” begins with a round of “whoaaaa-ohhsss” and is full of emo lyrics and emo vocals. It sounds less metalcore and more pop punk or kind of like HAWTHORNE HEIGHTS. It’s almost like the band can’t quite figure out what genre they are. I really was not a fan of this song. It took a completely different direction than the rest of the album  and just doesn’t fit. It almost sounds like it should belong to a different band.

I think the screams are great and very metalcore, but I feel like the clean vocals could use some work. This is only their debut EP so they have a ton of room to improve. In fact, I really was digging the direction of the last song “Esoteric” until the clean vocals hit. However, I still think it’s a good song and really enjoyed the breakdown in it. It wasn’t a bad way to end the EP. Sometimes the first and the last song can be the biggest deal breakers or deal makers to me. I do think people who are fans of both emo and metalcore music would really like this EP. It’s not really my style of metalcore — I like heavier — but that doesn’t mean it’s not good.

Songwriting: 6
Musicianship: 8
Memorability: 5
Production: 8

3 Star Rating

1. Ten of Swords
2. The Tower
3. The Chariot
4. Luna
5. Esoteric
Kevin Cangas - Vocals
Johny Serna - Guitar
Felipe Jasso - Guitar
Frank Loya - Drums
Ben Reyes - Bass
Record Label: Independent


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