While the guys of Circle have had quite an odd history changing styles, completely changing members and at some point even changing the band’s name, they damn sure know how to make the madness work in their favor (and the history is actually an interesting tidbit to read if you should feel so inclined: https://daily.bandcamp.com/2017/06/21/finland-circle-guide/). Their latest release Terminal is further proof of this, dropping six new glorious, genre-bending Finnish hard rock jams.
Circle is a band that takes the more modern vocal ferocity of hard rock and successfully blends it with the heavy melodies of yesteryear bands like Led Zeppelin or the Rolling Stones. What springs forth from that is groove-filled tracks that hit hard as a shotgun blast but are still also insanely dance worthy. It’s like they’ve been plucked out of the 70’s and decided to stay true to their roots, but kick up the metal, and sweet Cthulu does it work. The infectious groove of tracks like “Terminal” just have a way of getting under your skin and making your head bob and toes tap in a way that’s almost hypnotic. Even the Bohemian opening to “Saxo” creates a perfect “wtf is this?” segway into the rock solid melodies the song unleashes like a shattered dam once it kicks off.
Circle knows their strengths and make them work in their favor by taking elements of funk, jazz, blues and blending them into a cacophony of some of the most grooved out bad ass psychedelic rock to come out of a band. Circle is entirely a beast unlike anything else out there right now. One listen to the adrenaline groove of the aptly named “Kill City” and I dare anyone to say these dudes aren’t killing it like the greats of the 70s, I could easily see Circle taking the stage next to juggernauts ranging from Jimi Hendrix (R.I.P.) or Megadeth and not seeming out of in place in either scenario.
Terminal is a music lover’s album, not lacking one bit on raging riffs, vocals or drums; while maintaining multiple layers of intricately woven melody. While it’s only 6 tracks, each of them craft their own complete sonic landscapes that want for nothing. If you’re tired of the same old same old rock/metal, yet jaded by those who strive to be different only to end up a hot mess, then Terminal is the answer to even your most cynical of prayers.
J. Jääskeläinen – guitar
P. Jääskeläinen – guitar
J. Lehtisalo – bass, vocals
M. Rättö – keyboards, vocals
T. Leppänen – drums
J. Westerlund – guitar, vocals
1.Rakkauta Al Dente
Bloodrock Rating: 4.0 out of 5.0 axes
Written by Ken Kaizer for Bloodrock Media on June 29, 2017