Posted in metal | music | tour dates on July 30, 2013

by Fred Pessaro

Radigan with Magic Circle at Chaos in Tejas 2013 (more by Fred Pessaro)
Magic Circle

Magic Circle's lyrics communicate depression via loneliness, betrayal, death, and suffering, but Brendan Radigan's as likely to lash out as lament when he sings them. His voice cuts across Magic Circle and it, not the music, sets the album's tone. Even during the album's slowest and quietest moments, Radigan is there, howling, but never lacking for melody. Doom metal's not supposed to be cathartic like this.
The above review comes from Invisible Oranges, where we discussed the mammoth Magic Circle LP, undoubtedly one of the best doom releases of the year and released, somewhat curiously, by a gang of guys known for being in bands like Rival Mob, Mind Eraser, No Tolerance, Boston Strangler and a gang of other stellar hardcore bands from Massachusetts. If you aren't familiar with Magic Circle, I'd suggest two things:

1) Listen to their S/T LP in full ASAP, which is streamable in this post.

2) Catch them live at Acheron on September 7 with Trenchgrinder and more TBA. Tickets to this one-off show are on sale now.

Album stream below.




Comments (11)

Album is top-notch.

Posted by Anonymous | July 30, 2013 12:37 PM

yippie kie yie yay mothafucka

Posted by Anonymous | July 30, 2013 1:00 PM

unofficial album stream, classy

Posted by Anonymous | July 30, 2013 1:21 PM

1:00- Has got to be from Tampa. You know it took him 7 minutes to figure out how to write that one...

Posted by Anonymous | July 30, 2013 1:33 PM

I've got a magic circle between my butt cheeks. I don't put anything in it, but every once in a while smelly brown stuff comes out of it. Go figure!

Posted by Anonymous | July 30, 2013 2:07 PM

Circle of Sausage
(feel the chrome)

Posted by Anonymous | July 30, 2013 2:30 PM

To be safe this album is a mix breed between heavy metal and epic doom metal. The riffs are very catchy, easy to nod head with and the twin axe attacks with melody and a powerful vocalist sprinkled all over makes this release a 9/10 (nothing and no one is perfect) and a top 10 release of 2013 in the genre of doom and heavy metal. Excellent Magic Circle.

Posted by Elena | February 26, 2014 7:48 AM

Incredible album. I hear a massive amount of Trouble and Pagan Altar along with the obvious Sabbath influence.

Posted by Rodriguez | March 27, 2014 3:26 PM

Awesome! Reminds me a little of early Maiden. This band is incredible, underground and refreshing.

Posted by Melvin | May 15, 2014 4:17 AM

Very much like Lord Vicar and Goatess, and very, very good. This is trad doom with superb melodic riffs and vocals. I have only played the first track so far, but if the rest of the album is like this, I will be promoting this band to all and sundry in my metal circles, every one magic of course.

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