circle Infektio (CD, £13.75)label: Conspiracy
A new Circle album is always something to look forward to, and you never know what these Finnish gentlemen are gonna come up with. Will it be heavy metal, Krautrock, Soundscapes, Psych?... rest assured it sounds out of this world, weird and beautiful. If there would be such a thing as an atypical Circle album, Infektio might be just that. The kings of the New Wave of Finnish Heavy Metal deliver an introspective album, which sounds like it was recorded under the Aurora Borealis lit polar skies. Organic, free and primitive and absurd. Largely instrumental, on Infektio Circle create a mellow caveman kind of jam but manage to sound mechanically precise leaving the repetitive Circle's classic motorik machine stylings behind. Over nearly 20 years they have mastered every style they have approached and Infektio is yet another piece of music to highlight their hazy, often noisy primitive psych direction. Infektio is an album full of shimmering bliss from what is one of the most interesting bands in the world. Circle have recorded over 33 albums and numerous EPs in their career. This is their first album for Conspiracy Records, after the conceptual album 'The Blaze Game' which they recorded with Sunburned Hand Of The Man under the Sunburned Circle moniker.
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