stumbled onto Miljard by chance, quite the album. haven't listened to Circle in way too long, it's probably time to dive in deep again. the last album I consciously remember is Triumph. so about 6 years of new albums and stil a lot of the older ones I haven't heard yet. just having a look at their discogs page fills me with anticipation, really have to step up my Circle listening.
I'm still backtracking through Circle's massive discography and finding there are far more hits than misses. My favourite time period is probably around 2003, with Sunrise, Guilliotine and live documents from that time like Telescope. Katapult, however, is shaping up to be my favourite album of theirs. What an odd gem!
the 1998-2002 instrumental prog type stuff that these guys did (right around whenever Mika first joined) is soooooo good; i can't even progress any further into the remaining hundreds of releases that these guys did cause of how much i'm obsessively listening to songs like Paljasta, Taantumus, Vesitorni / kaupunginsairaala, & Varhain. Pori, Andexelt, Prospekt, Taantumus, & Sunrise 4 lyf ♥♥♥~
Love these guys, but every albums has certain flaws. Probably they release everything they record, though for the most part the material is good.
I love Leviatan, the new one. Of the older records, Hissi is probably my favourite. Sunrise and Panic are also played often.
re: loose, hazy, jammy stuff (that I tend to gravitate towards as it gets really hot in the summer), I'm revisiting and greatly enjoying Tyrant and the Sunburned Circle album (Circle + Sunburned Hand of the Man). As for favourites, I will tentatively name Sunrise the quintessential Circle album.
Telescope is the best one, long hazy jams is Circle's strongest point. Serpent is the best rock circus and Prospekt is the best old style Circle album. I generally like the live albums more, the studio albums feel more calculated which doesn't suit the band.
What are your favourite Circle albums and why? I've sort of come to these guys having exhausted the Pharaoh Overlord discography (I did see Circle a few years back, but I didn't really get into their records back then). I feel like I have a lot to discover... Of the 9 I've listened to so far Taantumus is probably my favourite. It's that hypnotic repetition...
After mostly listening to their more recent material for some time, I'm returning to the mystical hypno-trips of Pori/Prospekt/Andexelt/Taantumus. Probably the most satisfying period in their catalogue.
"From 1991 through 2013, Falcon operated under the name of Circle. The
need for the sudden name change arises from the Circle brand's
becoming somewhat of a burden due to the expectations of Ektro Records
and audiences. Making music was turning into work and an obligation.
The Circle brand has been leased to a group of artists, who are
currently working on the next Circle album. The full-lengths of both
Falcon (ex-Circle) and Circle will be released later this autumn. The
current plan is that the lease contract dissolves by the end of 2013
and the Circle brand will be returned to Falcon, who then may continue
under the name Circle (ex-Falcon). All Circle concerts booked for 2013
will be performed by Circle's long standing line-up: Mika Rättö, Janne
Westerlund, Jussi Lehtisalo, Tomi Leppänen, Pekka Jääskeläinen, Julius
Jääskeläinen, Tuomas Laurila." Jussi Lehtisalo / Falcon (ex-Circle)
Falcon (ex-Circle) kicks off by whacking on the table the hit single
Beer and Ribs. Strongly influenced by AOR and soft rock, this catchy
rocker knocks on the doors of shady radio playlist cabinets. The
lowest common denominators and the hottest rock and roll clichés
launch Falcon (ex-Circle) as the rock heaven's wildest new name, whose
success story is just waiting to be written down. Slashing riffs,
speeding synths, motorik beats and soulful vocals are combined with
the dazzling vision and flair of these experienced rock veterans.