Magic Circle, Sumerlands, TOWER
Friday, January 11, 2019
Tickets at the Door
This event is 21 and over
TONIGHT! Bar opens at 6. We're doing an Iron Maiden's Trooper Beer USA Happy Hour from 6-8. $5 Trooper/Red and Black Porters w free commemorative cups. Plenty of swag/giveaways. Then we rock live!! Tix avail for show guaranteed. Set times:
8 TOWER 845 Sumerlands 945 Magic Circle.
Magic Circle's lyrics communicate depression via loneliness, betrayal, death, and suffering, but Brendan Radigan's as likely to lash out as lament when he sings them. His voice cuts across Magic Circle and it, not the music, sets the album's tone. Even during the album's slowest and quietest moments, Radigan is there, howling, but never lacking for melody. Doom metal's not supposed to be cathartic like this.
His take on doom, effective as it is, becomes less surprising considering that he usually sounds like this or, this. The rest of the band's performance is equally surprising. Magic Circle is effectively a hardcore supergroup taking a shot at doom metal and succeeding better than they have any right to.
The music draws from all of doom's subgenres as needs be. "Winter Light" thumps along at a plod until 2:20, when it accelerates from almost funeral doom to Argus-y power doom. "The Greatest Escape/White Shores" also takes its time to get moving, Radigan and riffs synched up in melancholy, and then he goes on the attack while the band locks in and churns through the rest of the song. It would take a powerful set of riffs and songs to keep Radigan from stealing the show, and Magic Circle pull it off.
— by Richard Street-Jammer
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