Review: Circle

(Squealer Music)

Arising from the Pori, a Finnish port on the Baltic Sea, Circle brings to mind the remote and frigid Arctic Circle both in name and in the minimalistic and hypnotic rhythms. They augment their sonic repetitions with hymn-like chanting (more sinister than spiritual) in “incantations” written in a their made-up language of Meronian. Just before this release the group did a John Peel session, sure sign they are at the peak of their powers.

This is actually a reissue of a release on the Ektro label out of Finland, now getting greater distribution through Surefire Distribution. A 12-minute bones track is included: “Raubonmix”. The potent ensemble surges and recoils their music with alternating waves of tension and eerie serenity.