Can't really put into words how great this album is, but a good example is once I had this tape playing in my car and my buddy was like "hey is this sabbath?" Truly amazing shit, love this album.
Favorite track: Departed Souls.
Outstanding old school metal with catchy vocals and grooving riffs. Elements of doom metal and power metal while remaining completely accessible.
EDIT: Over the months I have listened to this album I have decided that it sounds like a heavier, doomier version of the Nazareth album Hair of the Dog. If you like early Nazareth I have little doubt you will like this. But it also reminds me at times of Pentagram and Danzig. Outstanding album.
Favorite track: I've Found My Way To Die.
Pre-orders for physical formats will begin in early March.
Magic Circle’s self-titled debut hit the true doom scene like a revelation in 2013. Without hype or hyperbole the band effortlessly invoked fundamental rock n roll truths putting their own stamp on early Heavy Metal darkness. Joining 20 Buck Spin for follow-up ‘Journey Blind’, Magic Circle again offered that unmistakable classic sound with natural unforced evolution. On their third LP, ‘Departed Souls’, Magic Circle present an expansive hard rock vision, adorning their signature Doom with seamless psych and prog ornamentation.
‘Departed Souls’ reveals a Magic Circle delving more deeply into ‘70s sounds, expanding farther outward from the primordial Iommic matter of their birth. Heavy Sabbathian riffs abound, but Magic Circle opens up, stretches out, exposing different shades that recall the moody peaks and valleys of the classic hard rock LPs of that era. Acoustic 12-string, tablas and Fender Rhodes appear in lush moments of kaleidoscopic decadence woven into the fabric of the pounding elemental thunder. All the while vocalist Brendan Radigan seals the deal as one of the premier heavy metal singers of the 21st century, deliverin’ that Wagnerian dynamism and vigor that screams from the heavens and becomes thoroughly controlled in moments of quiet solemnity.
Though all members are busy with other projects and other lives when these five men come together in the Magic Circle, the chemistry and palpable rock n roll exhilaration reminds us that this band ain’t never gonna die with the herd.