Circle return … kind of … with all new lineup and hellacious new record ‘Incarnation’

I.O.’s Aside: And here Arkerfeldt (Opeth) was concerned that metal fans (and that includes the artists who make the music) want their Happy Meals served to them. It’s stuff like this that gets me all excited. Surprise me! Go forth and mutate!

Meat Mead Metal

Circle cover
There are those bands that, no matter how much music they release, you always know what you’re going to get. If that’s a good or bad thing, that’s up to you. Then you have those that change things up as they go along and kind of keep you guessing as to what they’re going to try on each new recording. Then there is Finnish band Circle.

Anyone who knows anything about this band knows you can’t expect anything when they put out a new album, except for music in some form. Over countless recordings (good luck trying to figure out how many they actually have, though I saw the number 27 full-length albums somewhere), this band that specializes in what they call New Wave of Finnish Heavy Metal does whatever they want. It could be anything. Power metal, thrash, Krautrock-splashed rock, prog, you name it. Whatever they’re feeling at…

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