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Circle are probably the most well known band of the Finnish underground music scene. Formed in 1991 in Pori, the band started as a 3 piece making aggressive music with influences from Spacemen 3, Loop and grunge bands. The members that started it all were Jussi Lehtisalo (guitars), Juha Ahtiainen (drums) and Marko Taipale (bass). With the first line-up they only managed to make one EP, "DNA/Independence" and then Marko left the band and was replaced by Mauri Päivistö. After releasing another EP, "Point", in 1993 we saw the addition of a second guitarist, Teemu Elo, and released yet another EP, "Silver". The line-up in 1993-1994 (along with keyboardist Petri Hagner and lighting technician Juha-Pekka Hietaniemi) was considered the "legendary line-up". They released their first studio albums, "Meronia" and "Zopalki" under this line-up and they even invented a language like Magma called "Meronian". The live shows with this line-up were something like "psychedelic black masses". They often played with weird outfits or no outfits at all, fluorescent body paintings, strobes, police-car emergency lights and alot of blood (either fake or real). Things were getting a bit out of hand, but luckily it all stopped after the release of their third album.

When recording "Zopalki" guitarist Jussi Lehtisalo was getting more and more interested in the Krautrock scene and in their third studio album, "Hissi", Circle pursued that musical direction. This new sound is heavily influenced by bands like Can and Neu! with its repetitive and motorik way of playing that will become Circle's trademark sound. They also added another drummer to the band, Janne Peltomäki. Some of the band members didn't particularly liked the direction the band was taking and they left to pursue their own musical adventure. Ahtiainen, Hagner and former soundman Jussi Saivo left to form Ovalki.

With a new line-up also came a new musical ideas. With Harrivaara on bass, Niemelä on keyboard and Raitio on percussions they released the less electronic follow-up to Hissi, "Franten", the sophisticated, diverse and trippier concept album, "Pori", and the more aggressive and slightly more prog oriented "Andexelt".

With the release of "Prospekt" we see the band expanding even more with the addition of Mika Rättö, Jyrki Laiho, Pika Kontkanen and Tomi Leppänen. (Most of these new members were already collaborating with the band years ago). Jussi Lehtisalo also switched the guitar for a bass and ha...
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CIRCLE discography


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3.00 | 5 ratings
Meronia
1994
3.88 | 6 ratings
Zopalki
1996
3.19 | 7 ratings
Hissi
1996
4.08 | 6 ratings
Fraten
1997
4.21 | 10 ratings
Pori
1998
4.17 | 6 ratings
Andexelt
1999
3.94 | 10 ratings
Prospekt
2000
4.00 | 7 ratings
Taantumus
2001
4.60 | 5 ratings
Alotus
2002
2.50 | 7 ratings
Sunrise
2002
4.42 | 7 ratings
Guillotine
2003
3.15 | 8 ratings
Forest
2004
4.00 | 2 ratings
Empire
2004
3.67 | 3 ratings
Golem / Vesiliirto
2004
3.23 | 7 ratings
Tulikoira
2005
3.06 | 5 ratings
Miljard
2006
3.10 | 4 ratings
Tyrant
2006
4.04 | 6 ratings
Circle Featuring Verde: Tower
2007
3.22 | 4 ratings
Panic
2007
3.07 | 8 ratings
Katapult
2007
2.39 | 9 ratings
Hollywood
2008
4.65 | 8 ratings
Rautatie
2010
3.67 | 3 ratings
Infektio
2011
3.50 | 2 ratings
Manner
2012
0.00 | 0 ratings
Six Day Run
2013
4.62 | 4 ratings
Leviatan
2014
4.24 | 15 ratings
Pharaoh Overlord
2015

CIRCLE Live Albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

4.00 | 1 ratings
Raunio
2002
5.00 | 1 ratings
General
2005
0.00 | 0 ratings
Mountain
2005
5.00 | 1 ratings
Arkades
2006
0.00 | 0 ratings
The Sunburned Circle: The Blaze Game
2007
3.13 | 4 ratings
Telescope
2007
5.00 | 2 ratings
Rakennus
2007
5.00 | 1 ratings
Triumph
2008
0.00 | 0 ratings
Serpent
2012

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0.00 | 0 ratings
Silta
2015

CIRCLE Boxset & Compilations (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

4.00 | 1 ratings
Kollekt
1998

CIRCLE Official Singles, EPs, Fan Club & Promo (CD, EP/LP, MC, Digital Media Download)

4.50 | 2 ratings
Earthworm
2006

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 Pori by CIRCLE album cover Studio Album, 1998
4.21 | 10 ratings

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Pori
Circle Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by Mortte

4 stars After going more to the prog and krautrock direction in two previous albums Circle made also concept album. Album name is the name of their hometown and all the songs are based on the places in the Pori or historical events of it. In this album all the members are same as previous "Fraten"-album. I think this album got much more attention and good reviews when it came as the previous ones.

It would have been possibly that many Circle fans were really suprised when hearing albums first song "Perustamisasiakirja 8.3.1558" (=town´s founding document 8.3.1558). This instrumental song is made by just acoustic instruments and it just sounds contemporary classical music with its atonality. But no, in the second "Vesitorni/kaupunginsairaala (=water tower/ town´s hospital) the direction goes back to the typical nineties electronic Circle. This 5/4 rhythm cheerful piece is with Zopalkis "Valerian" one of my favourite nineties Circle songs. In the end guitar paints really beautiful sounds. The next "Back To Pori" is also albums highlights. Straight and tight guitar starts straight after previous song and continues very intensive feeling. There are again "Meronian"-language singing. When album was released, Mika Taanila directed great video to this song. "Suurpalo" (=the great fire) is little drone piece with some noises. "Kartano"(=manor) is very mystic piece with beautiful singing, have to mention also great female voice in it. In the end of song keyboards and guitars started to play very chaotic sounds. "Promenaadikeskus" (=promenadecenter) has quite same structure as previous song, but it puts together two different rhythms succesfully. This song is maybe little bit too long when there isn´t happening much in the end of song. The next "Kruunu Päähä Pori Kuningas" is very relaxed and has a great quiet period in the middle of it where you can hear beautiful triangle sounds and birdsinging. This song is also maybe little bit too long.

"Seisomakatsomo"(=standing auditorium) is also made by only acoustic instruments and its really beautiful and mystic, one of the albums highlights. Next "Karhun Kansaa 1" (=the bear´s folk 1) is the most oppressive song in this album and reminds much "Zopalki"-album. "Porin Jazzjuhlat -65" (=the Pori Jazz Festival -65) is very funky piece with saxophone. In the end of the song there comes acoustic guitar and interesting sound effects. This year came the first vinyl version of the album and there are also added studio outtake "Yyteri" (=name of the beach near Pori where for example Rolling Stones played in the sixties). This uptempo song is really great, reminding Zopalki songs. Hard to understand why it wasn´t on album in the first place.

I think this album is with "Hissi"-album the greatest Circle nineties albums. But because I like more the 2000 period, when Mika Rättö & Janne Westerlund joined the band, I give only four stars to it although this may deserve five.

 Rautatie by CIRCLE album cover Studio Album, 2010
4.65 | 8 ratings

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Rautatie
Circle Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by Mortte

5 stars This is really my favourite album of Circle´s "metal"-albums. Some have called it their pop-album, but this really isn´t any Madonna or Prince -album. If you think Amon Duul II´s Vive La Trance is pop album, so is this also.

Album starts very slow and heavy in it´s title song (that means railway). Mika´s singing is also really heavy, but in the middle comes upgoing riff and also music starts to run like railway engine. In the end the slow main theme comes back. Lyrics are based on the Juhani Aho´s classic book of the same name. Next Lääke (=medicine) is the only piece sung by Janne. It´s also the lightest song in the album. Even there is not happening much, song carries well its four minutes lenght. Vaellus (=wandering) is one of the greatest Circle songs. It´s really dramatic in it´s fast tempo and Mika singing again very high. For the non-finnish speaking people I have to say like in many Mika´s songs, it´s very hard to find out what he´s singing. Next is Kohtalon Sormi (=the finger of destiny) and it continues very dramatic and deep atmosphere. The end is really sad with crying voice. Somebody might think it´s comic, but to me the whole end sounds very depressive. The next Tähet (=stars) gives a relief to the listener from the previous feelings. There are very strong guitar riff with very tight Mika´s singing. There are noisy sounds from the guitar & keyboards. Lyrics tell a story of a spaceship. This is typical "metal" piece of Circle that makes you smile. Pelkkä Meno (=mere going) is a very rhytmic piece. Mika is repeating some word that really isn´t Finnish. Lautatarha (=woodfarm) is the only true avant-garde piece in this album. Mika is singing again something incomprehensible. The mellotron sound keyboards make me think the seventies experimental pieces of King Crimson. Last Kaasukello (a gasclock) starts also very experimental way, it reminds me also ambient music of the Circle´s great "Miljard"-album. But in the end song changes very hard and heavy ending the album very great way.

Circle really showed with this album they can do catchy albums if they just want to. Even I like Circle´s experimental & spontaneity very much, I really love when they have seemed to make this album very carefully and with thought. I really hope they will make this kind of in a good way more produced album sometime in the future.

 Leviatan by CIRCLE album cover Studio Album, 2014
4.62 | 4 ratings

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Leviatan
Circle Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by Mortte

5 stars This album is one of my favourites among the huge catalog of Circle albums. After they had made many albums much more heavy metal and also ambient styles, this album went back to acoustic and folk style of Forest-album. This was also first album after Circle borrowed it´s name to another band, so there is ex-Falcon in the end of bands name. In this album Janne Westerlund took most of the vocal duties and you can hear Mika Rättös voice only very little in the background. Both Finnish and English is used.

Album starts in very calm and mysterios feelings. Kuohu (means foam) tells a spoken strange story about three rulers named ominous, rebel and chaos. The tale is from Pertti Nieminen´s book. There are also great soundeffects from NASA`s space sounds. The next Huone (means room) is really shamanistic piece, which tells a story about outsider. Same kind of atmosphere continues in Protectorate. Both these songs repeat same riffs through the whole songs, but like in many other songs, Circle can keep the songs interest growing them a little. Post-Kapitalismus (means post-capitalism) is very calm song, including short, but beautiful guitar solo. In the lyrics you may ask, is there lots of difference in capitalism and communism. The next Rakeita (=hailstones) is also calm instrumental with great keyboard work from Mika Rättö. Hiekkaristi (=sandcross) is one of the greatest Circle-songs, again the album direction goes into very deep. Also the lyrics has a profound theme connecting human inner life and the nature. Haavat (=wounds) is a kind of bluesy song telling tale about hobo. Valley is really folk song with heavy chorus singing all the time in the back. Again Mika Rättö does great keyboard work in the end of the song, it sounds like bubbling of a spring stream. Ending Viaton (=innocent) is a calm instrumental where acoustic guitar plays a sad melody. In this song you can also hear some spoken words and breathing from Mika Rättö.

This album is like a one day. When Kuohu starts in very misty morning feelings, Viaton ends it when person already seem to be sleeping in those breathing and few calm words. Also have to mention beautiful cover is painted by Janne Westerlund. Even I like all the styles of Circle, the acoustic albums have been the most favourites of mine. There are no dead moments in this album as there are at least some in the most of the Circle albums I´ve heard.

 Pharaoh Overlord by CIRCLE album cover Studio Album, 2015
4.24 | 15 ratings

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Pharaoh Overlord
Circle Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by Mellotron Storm
Prog Reviewer

5 stars CIRCLE are a Finnish band that I've enjoyed over the years, I'd especially recommend "Prospekt" from 2000 and "Guillotine from 2003. Anyway this latest album is without question my favourite release by them. Now I'm not trying to be confusing but there is a companion album to CIRCLE's "Pharoah Overlord" record by a band called PHAROAH OVERLORD and it's called "Circle". They were released at the same time and it has to be known that a few members of CIRCLE are in PHAROAH OVERLORD which is like their Stoner Rock side project. This is different from not only anything I've heard by CIRCLE but really it's different from anything I've heard. I love Guldbamsen's description of the music on here as having those Navajo rhythms. And it was he who brought this album to my attention so thanks David! The music here has this melancholic and repetitive groove to it with chanting and mostly bass horns honking. It really sounds incredible as each song is connected by my description, then picture this leather wearing frontman who's into JUDAS PRIEST as he screams and yells several times which just adds to the enjoyment for me.

"Kostto" is laid back and melancholic as the guitar is picked while vocal melodies sing over top. This continues until before 2 1/2 minutes when the horn, bass and drums join in. Man this fuller sound makes this even more satisfying. A scream before 5 minutes. I like the way they'll add or subtract from the groove here as it plays out. "Kavelen Luiden Paalla" opens with drums as the horn starts to honk and distorted guitar joins in. Some yells 3 1/2 minutes in and this will continue for some time including some extreme vocal expressions. The bass arrives 6 minutes in and it's very upfront leading the way.

"Aavasaksa" has a catchy rhythm of guitars, bass and drums. Vocal melodies will come and go then it's the horn joining in. More vocal melodies before 3 minutes. "Aldebaran" opens with chanting, percussion, horn and bass then the vocal melodies start to come and go. Again it's quite melancholic here. "Madonna Of Viggiano" opens with horns, bass and drums as fuzzed out guitar joins in then actual lyrics instead of vocal melodies(chanting). Man, so much going on here with all these sounds. Great track!

One of my favourites from 2015 no doubt and my favourite from CIRCLE. I believe this is studio album number 27 for the boys so there's lots to check out with this band. 4.5 stars rounded up for the innovation that's on display in spades.

 Fraten by CIRCLE album cover Studio Album, 1997
4.08 | 6 ratings

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Fraten
Circle Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by Matti
Prog Reviewer

4 stars Lately I've listened to several more albums by CIRCLE (one of the most productive Finnish bands here) and I am little by little forming a picture of their massive output. Some albums have been rather tiresome disappointments while some sound more interesting and fresher. This one belongs to the latter group. By the way, don't ask what language are the words after the Finnish words and the = mark on the track titles (words such as 'krimen', 'areend' and 'gastus'), most likely they're just invented, which wouldn't be unusual in the anarchistic CIRCLE universe.

In the 2012 re-release Tommi Harrivaara, the bassist '96 - '98, shares some thoughts and memories of the time. There had been many changes in the line-up which naturally led the band's "music to new paths. Since then, the same has happened over and over again." "Although Fraten (or Circle in general) may outwardly appear musically simple and based on repetition, it nevertheless contains numerous layers of increasing subtlety." Also Harrivaara was free to express his ideas; "there were both fretless and fretted electric bass, and double bass played with fingers and the bow." Compositional ideas came from e.g. Bernard Herrmann, Witold Lutoslawski, Arnold Schoenberg, Philip Glass and Steve Reich.

Fraten is instrumental, as the majority of Circle's music. The opening track 'Korko = klague' features siren-like background singing from Harrivaara's current wife, and is among the most beautiful and delicate tracks by this band. The second track is firmly rooted in the endlessly repeated rhythm pattern, but the sonic colourings by keyboards make it sound interesting. 'Hissi = festum' has nice, slow rhythm, and keyboards & guitars weave hypnotic atmosphere to this relatively soft track. 'Katolla = katoll' features a didgeridoo and is another great, soothing track. 'Isaak = gilded' approaches nine minutes and features some male background singing.

The general sound of Fraten has clarity and room to breathe. Some tracks (of 10 in total) aren't necessarily special in their rather usual repetitive CIRCLE style, but many have fresh sonic ideas to make Fraten one of the most recommendable and accessible starting points to this band, and why not a fairly good album for the acquainted listeners as well. It's considerably lighter than many other albums, but also it's more solid - and less narcotic - than several others. Try this if you fancy minimalism-influenced instrumental art rock somewhere between FAUST and OZRIC TENTACLES.

 Hollywood by CIRCLE album cover Studio Album, 2008
2.39 | 9 ratings

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Hollywood
Circle Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by Matti
Prog Reviewer

2 stars There's a sticker on this CD saying "Exciting new band from Finland", which of course isn't true. CIRCLE has existed since the early 90's and their discography is huge. But that lie is something one might expect from a band which has e.g. switched band names temporarily with another band (FALCON), and is about to release an album titled Pharaoh Overlord, the same day as their brother band PHARAOH OVERLORD releases an album titled Circle.

However the line-up on this album was new and one-off. On vocals, lead guitars and dulcimer is an American long-term musician Bruce Duff. His voice has been compared to Tom Waits and Captain Beefheart (though he's sort of stingy instead of equally rough); I'd add Tom Petty and Bruce Dickinson. That collaboration makes Hollywood a unique Circle album. I can't say Circle in general would be among my favourites, but this one is certainly not up to my taste, mainly because I don't like Duff as a vocalist. And vocals are here in an essential role unlike on most of Circle albums.

'Connection' is a rocking fast-tempo opener, perhaps among the most efficient tracks even if not exciting or having much to do with Psychedelic/Space Rock, just like this album in general. Nearly 8-minute 'Mercy and Tuesday' is repetitive and built on a riff (a feature very familiar in Circle's music), but the instrumental latter half has quite nice twangling of acoustic guitars. 'Earthworm' is a sped-up heavy rocker with a fiery electric guitar solo and a hint of hypnotic Krautrock, but very straight-forward 'Sacrifice' is nothing but a cheap BLACK SABBATH clone.

Slower 'Spam Folder' (8:12) gives slightly more space to Mika R'tt''s minimalistic keyboards. Without Duff's vocals this would be closer to the hypnotic essence of Circle, now it's mostly just boring and too long. 'Hard to Realize' is "an acoustic gospel-blues", extremely dry in sound - actually dry is a good adjective for the whole album. 'Madman' lasts for 15 minutes, the monotonous, riff-based playing offering a background for Bruce Duff's storytelling. The two last lines of each verse end with the word Madman. The way the instrumental final section increases the speed and intensity is good, but frankly the track is seriously too long. Also 'Suddenly' is an extended track (11:33) even if it's basically quite monotonous Heavy/Hard Rock.

If you enjoy the Heavy Rock side of CIRCLE and a Tom Waits reminding vocalist sounds like a suitable addition into their riff-based monotony, this is your album, but otherwise most likely not.

 Sunrise by CIRCLE album cover Studio Album, 2002
2.50 | 7 ratings

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Sunrise
Circle Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by Matti
Prog Reviewer

2 stars - First Review Of This Album -

Quite unreliable, those five-star ratings without reviews here... So, this is the album where CIRCLE, surely the longest-living psychedelic group from Finland, took a side step into adrenalin-full hard rock. The opener 'Nopeuskuningas' - meaning Speed King! - leaves no doubt as the straight-forward riff-banging (HAWKWIND meets Speed Metal) nails the listener to the wall. 'Satulinnut' (Fairy Tale Birds) features acoustic guitar, laid back beat and Mika Rättö's peculiar, falsetto-like, vibrating vocals, all in all reminding more of his other band Kuusumun Profeetta. 'Hautain Takaa' (From behind the Graves) is again that aggressive throat torture with heavy guitar riffing, this time with some more synths, but the monotonous track feels very pointless to me.

The stylistic dicotomy is continued with 'Vaanen Valtiatar', acoustically oriented tune in which the narration - not singing, that is - pushes the mythological, cryptic lyrics to the centre. This is the kind of hazy psychedelia in which Circle are very good and original, but soundwise it's not among the finest Circle stuff. The next track is predictably heavy and noisy - and absolutely not to my ears, though not without some interest. 'Rautakotka' (Iron Eagle) hovers somewhere in between the poles: the listener keeps waiting what kind of vocals will arrive to the steady, slightly threatening beat. They are freaky and high as you can expect from Rättö. The track lasts nearly ten minutes, perhaps more than needed, but the violin adds interesting depth to the sound.

'Paholaisratsastaja' (Demon Rider) is very freaky and monotonous heavy psychedelia. Instead of plain vocals there are some distant and chaotic human sounds. Not enough going on to justify the 7:40 length! The closing track 'Lokki' (Seagull) offers a bit calmer hypnotic trance reminding of Hawkwind, but 15 minutes is way too much for it. Circle have always been a risk- taking band pushing boundaries, but I'm afraid I have to give lower rating for this one.

 Hissi by CIRCLE album cover Studio Album, 1996
3.19 | 7 ratings

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Hissi
Circle Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by Matti
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3 stars - First Review Of This Album -

From the sticker attached to the CD: "Circle's long lost 3rd album from 1996 finally re-released! Ambient soundscapes and hypnotic rock shake hands with the avant-garde, fusing into an ominous puppet theatre soundtrack - for adults." A good summation of the album by the Finnish cult band from west-coast town Pori. Actually I haven't yet listened to them very much, and also this review won't be based on multiple listening but more like writing down first impressions.

'Kuivaamo' (10:30): a gloomy, estranged, deliberately monotonous track built on hypnotic percussion pattern. More percussive branch of Dark Ambient. An interesting pattern of sharp sounds is being repeated without much progression. A ghostly atmosphere, as if you were in a factory at night. Hard to find references! Perhaps CAN could be mentioned - but there are no vocals of any kind. 'Velmu' is the shortest track and has almost hilarious feel. Angular, jazzy avant- rock with a tight rhythm and keyboards. It's followed directly by 'Kalat' (plural of fish), which is more spacey and 'psychedelic' in the traditional sense. Wow, the synths -and drums too - are gorgeous!

'Glanu' (a nonsense word; I wonder how they name their tracks!) has very earthly and tight drumming in mid-tempo, and of the other instruments the guitar gets more noticeable this time. Perhaps the newer King Crimson could have something like this? 'Valvo' has edgy synths that remind me of Spiral-era Vangelis. Only it remains more disturbing and less melodic than Vangelis. Very very sharp synth sequencing. This has some feel of the classic Berlin school (e.g. Stratosfear- era Tangerine Dream) combined with Jean Michel Jarre. Quite effective!

'Kuuk''rme' (Moon-Snake) is a ghostly, deeply psychedelic space rock track reminding of some Barret-era Pink Floyd, something like 'Interstellar Overdrive'. 'Strand-jatkumo' (strange bilingual title; jatkumo means continuum) is also based on tight rhythm pattern and repetition of sounds - which can be both very seducing and threatening. I especially like the high keys. 'Saksi' (Scissor, deliberately not scissors as it ought to be) is the second longest track, very disturbing and strange in its hypnotically frenzy rhythm and repetitiveness. The sound that resembles distant mumming must be made with guitar.

A very difficult case to rate! Highly original and risk-taking music that couldn't care less of pleasing large audience. Musical references spread widely over Krautrock, RIO/Avant-Prog, space rock, Dark Ambient and electronic music, but it all results in a unique style of their own. How enjoyable it is on the long run is a bit tougher question; some tracks are very effective but not all. Three well- earned stars.

 Prospekt by CIRCLE album cover Studio Album, 2000
3.94 | 10 ratings

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Prospekt
Circle Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by Mellotron Storm
Prog Reviewer

4 stars CIRCLE have such a large discography and they've changed styles many times over the years, so for me it's been about finding that period in their history that clicks with me the most. Found it ! This 2000 release and the later 2003 release called "Guillatine" hit the spot for me. Man when these guys are "on" they are incredible to say the least.

"Dedofiktion" has this repetitive beat as the guitar is picked over top. Great sound ! Violin after 1 1/2 minutes then the guitar changes to riffs as the tempo picks up after 3 minutes. Vocals 4 minutes. Insanity ! It settles back 7 1/2 minutes in to end it. "Gericht" sounds so good. Just a great sounding beat with what sounds like a cow bell of some sort helping out. The guitar starts to rip it up before 3 1/2 minutes. It settles down 6 1/2 minutes to the end. "Stimulance" has an intense rhythm and sound throughout.

"Varhain" is good too. I like the way the keys play over the heavy drums. It kicks in fuller and more intense after 3 minutes then the guitar sets the soundscape on fire. "Aarre" has this repetitive groove throughout. Organ before 2 minutes but it's brief. It's back though again at 5 minutes. Spoken words come in during the final minute. "Eripwre" also has a catchy rhythm. It's heavier 5 1/2 minutes in and vocals follow.

I have the most recent re- issue with an almost 18 minute bonus track that does the band proud. There's a different album cover on mine too.

 Miljard by CIRCLE album cover Studio Album, 2006
3.06 | 5 ratings

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Miljard
Circle Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by Mellotron Storm
Prog Reviewer

3 stars This two disc set was released by CIRCLE in 2006 and is quite a change from the previous albums where they had become increasingly heavy. This in fact is quite the oposite. Very ambient and low key with lots of sparse piano melodies along with effects, percussion, bass and guitar. This is all so laid back and considering there is 2 hours of music here it's a long listen.

I must admit things do not start off very well for me as the first three tracks are my least favourites, so we're talking 50 minutes of music right there. If I was to rate the rest of this recording minus these three tracks it would be an easy four stars for me.Things improve with the fourth song called "Manni" which is still minimalistic but for some reason I like it a lot better. "Salenius" has piano and bass standing out early. Effects and more join in and it's building after 4 minutes. Good track.

"Sophie" starts off disc two with beautiful but sparse sounds including piano. It settles even more after 9 minutes as the main piano stops. It does get fuller again though. "Muhle" has lots of atmosphere with a spacey pulsating soundscape with sparse piano. Great sound here. "Cornelia" is again sparse piano and atmosphere. "Bakkis" has this atmosphere that shakes the soundscape then it settles back late. "Viitane" has a motorik feel to it then it settles back tempo-wise around 9 minutes.

So lots to like here but once again I wish they had stuck with a single album instead of a double.

Thanks to chamberry for the artist addition.

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