Ending a four-year gap since their acclaimed Journey Blind LP, Boston’s MAGIC CIRCLE returns with their triumphant third LP, Departed Souls. With the record nearing March release through 20 Buck Spin, the album’s new single, “Nightland,” has been posted for public consumption. The track is issued as the band finds themselves in Germany this week, performing at Hell Over Hammaburg tonight.
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 and roll truths putting their own stamp on early heavy metal darkness. Joining 20 Buck Spin for follow-up Journey Blind, the band again offered that unmistakable classic sound with natural unforced evolution. On their third LP, Departed Souls, MAGIC CIRCLE presents an expansive hard rock vision, adorning their signature doom with seamless psych and prog ornamentation.
Departed Souls delivers eight epic new anthems, presenting forty-five minutes of MAGIC CIRCLE’s soaring melodies and honed hooks. The album was recorded and engineered by Will Killingsworth at Dead Air Studios, mixed by the band’s Chris Corry, and mastered by Andy Pearce and Matt Wortham (Black Sabbath, Angel Witch, Saxon, Rory Gallagher). Fans of Black Sabbath, Deep Purple, Trouble, Led Zeppelin, Rainbow, Pagan Altar, Witchfinder General, early-Soundgarden, Judas Priest, Witchcraft, and Saint Vitus, must experience MAGIC CIRCLE.
Also see the video for the LP’s prior single “Departed Souls” HERE.
20 Buck Spin will issue Departed Souls on LP, CD, cassette, and all digital platforms March 29th. Watch for preorders to be posted in the days ahead.
MAGIC CIRCLE will play select festivals and shows throughout 2019, beginning with a performance at Hell Over Hammaburg in Germany tonight, Friday, March 1st. Watch for additional performance to be announced in the weeks ahead.
MAGIC CIRCLE Live:
3/01/2019 Hell Over Hammaburg – Hamburg, DE [info]
Departed Souls finds 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 twelve-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, delivering 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 including Innumerable Forms, Sumerlands, Devil’s Dare, Stone Dagger, Lifeless Dark, Missionary Work, Pagan Altar live, and more, when these five men come together in the MAGIC CIRCLE, the chemistry and palpable rock exhilaration reminds us that this band isn’t one destined to die with the herd.