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3.51 | 52 ratings | 4 reviews | 13% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 2010

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Here We Divide (5:07)
2. One Step (3:29)
3. Big (3:42)
4. The Space on the Wall (3:57)
5. This Long Hour (4:28)
6. Cage (4:45)
7. Reaction (3:45)
8. The Drum (6:16)
9. The Design (5:46)
10. Next in Line (3:23)
11. Walk (4:11)
12. This Is the Warning (4:46)

Total time 53:32

Bonus tracks on 2011 US release:
13. Tremors (from the "Next in Line" single) (3:38)
14. The Mile (from the Dead Letter Circus EP) (3:25)
15. Disconnect and Apply (from the Dead Letter Circus EP) (3:04)
16. Lines (from the Dead Letter Circus EP) (3:41)

Line-up / Musicians

- Kim Benzie / vocals, programming
- Rob Maric / guitar
- Stewart Hill / bass
- Luke Williams / drums, backing vocals

- Luke Palmer / slide guitar
- Nigel Maclean / violin
- Charlotte Dennis / cello

Releases information

Artwork: Cameron Gray

CD Warner Music Australia ‎- 5186586482 (2010, Australia)
CD Sumerian Records ‎- SUM-08 (2011, US) With 4 bonus tracks

2xLP Warner Music Australia ‎- 5186586587 (2010, Australia) New cover art

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DEAD LETTER CIRCUS This Is The Warning ratings distribution

(52 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(13%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(42%)
Good, but non-essential (29%)
Collectors/fans only (6%)
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Review by Prog Sothoth
3 stars A hardly typical representation of neo-prog, this band actually sounds more like Chevelle after a diet of Porcupine Tree, Muse and U2. An accessible yet interesting mix of rock band inspirations with an aspiration to bang out some serious anthemic songs.

I actually found the opening track to be the band at their best with its majestic delivery and powerful guitar sound and overall production values. Here We Divide has some progressive leanings I suppose, but certainly no more than, say, Tool or bands similar to that in a sense, although I enjoy this song more than many songs by a lot of these big name alternative rock (with some progginess) groups. There are some variances to the rest of the songs, but not by all that much, which causes me to lose interest towards the last couple of tracks. The Drum stands out as a song as it follows a more post-rock crescendo template than the verse chorus format of much of the rest of this album, and yes, the drummer goes into a frenzy at the tune's climax. I assume that's why they entitled the song as "The Drum", but I could be wrong. Other tracks flirt with nu-metal commercial appeal to some extent, with The Space on the Wall sounding akin to something Breaking Benjamin would proudly release. Cage has a bit of NIN meets Muse in it's design. It's pretty obvious the target audience for this band isn't your typical neo-prog music fan, nor was that their intention. This is modern arena style rock, but played well and with a talented high registered vocalist.

I can enjoy this sort of thing once in a while. The music has punch and a vast wall of sound vibe, and the lyrics don't grate so much even if they seem to be about nothing except "falling down" and "rising up". This effort is definitely geared more towards fans of alternative rock stylings than prog rock fans, so that should be the decision whether to check the band out or not.

Latest members reviews

5 stars The Search For Big The problem that most people seem to have with Dead Letter Circus' 2010 debut full length album, This Is The Warning, is that it seems to contain twelve tracks that are more or less the same thing. They're all insanely energetic, they're all insanely catchy, they all have t ... (read more)

Report this review (#1131958) | Posted by Gallifrey | Saturday, February 15, 2014 | Review Permanlink

3 stars Dead Letter Circus is a Brisbane band and so this immediately peaks my interest. I love hearing local acts, and these guys are certainly one of the better ones going around. For this album, "This Is The Warning", I particularly love the opening track, "Here We Divide." It has an immediately eng ... (read more)

Report this review (#948868) | Posted by bonestorm | Wednesday, April 24, 2013 | Review Permanlink

4 stars After the immediate impact of "Dead Letter Circus" EP in 2007, "This Is The Warning" was the most awaited debut album from the Australian alternative/progressive rock scene, which also includes bands like The Butterfly Effect and Karnivool. Apart from these bands, the sound of DLC in some poi ... (read more)

Report this review (#299386) | Posted by DeKay | Thursday, September 16, 2010 | Review Permanlink

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