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Below is our complete Magic Circle news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.

Magic Circle Announces New Shows

Boston-based traditional/doom metal outfit Magic Circle - formed by members of Doomriders, Mind Eraser, Innumerable Forms, Stone Dagger, Battle Ruin, and others - is currently booking a series of Northeastern U.S. tour dates for the winter and spring months.

These dates will be in support of the group's 20 Buck Spin-released "Journey Blind" sophomore LP. March 11th will see Magic Circle raiding Brooklyn, New York for a show with Ecstatic Vision, followed by a show in Providence, Rhode Island the next night, March 12th, with Sire and V-Sect.

A week later, March 19th, the band will hit Worcester with Chalice, Summoner, and Dust Witch. April shows are beginning to pop as well, with a show confirmed for April 30th in Waltham, Massachusetts with Hirudinea. Additional performances are likely to be booked around these shows, alongside other new ventures for the band.

3/11/2016 Saint Vitus Bar - Brooklyn, NY w/ Ecstatic Vision
3/12/2016 AS220 - Providence, RI w/ Sire, V-Sect
3/19/2016 Ralph's Rock Diner - Worcester, MA w/ Chalice, Summoner, Dust Witch
4/30/2016 Michael J's - Waltham, MA w/ Hirudinea More...

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Magic Circle Streams Full New Album

"Journey Blind," the conquering sophomore album from Boston's Magic Circle, is out now through 20 Buck Spin and the entire record is now streaming below.

With feet rooted firmly in punk, hardcore, NWOBHM and the earliest of doom metal, the triumphant second album from Magic Circle shows a more refined songwriting and a heightened sense of finesse. Self-produced and recorded by the band at guitarist CC's The Pain Cave, "Journey Blind" features an unused piece by artist Joe Petagno dating to 1979 for the cover artwork.

"Journey Blind" saw its initial release in CD and digital formats on November 20, with the vinyl to follow in early 2016. More...

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Magic Circle Streaming "The Damned Man"

Boston's trad/doom metallers from Magic Circle will unload their "Journey Blind" sophomore LP through 20 Buck Spin next week and new single "The Damned Man" is now up for streaming below.

"Journey Blind" sees its initial release in CD and digital formats on November 20th, with the vinyl to follow in early 2016. You can hear the title song right here. The full track listing is as follows:

1. Journey Blind
2. The Damned Man
3. A Ballad For The Vultures
4. Lightning Cage
5. Ghosts Of The Southern Front
6. Grand Deceivers
7. Antediluvian More...

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Magic Circle Streaming "Journey Blind"

In preparation of the release of Magic Circle's sophomore LP, "Journey Blind," through 20 Buck Spin next month, today a stream of the title track comes online.

Previously posted track "A Ballad For The Vultures" can also be heard at this location. "Journey Blind" sees its initial release in CD and digital formats on November 20, with the vinyl to follow in early 2016. The track listing is as follows:

1. Journey Blind
2. The Damned Man
3. A Ballad For The Vultures
4. Lightning Cage
5. Ghosts Of The Southern Front
6. Grand Deceivers
7. Antediluvian More...

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Magic Circle Streams "A Ballad For The Vultures"

Today Magic Circle unveils "A Ballad For The Vultures," the thundering maiden single from the band's impending second LP, "Journey Blind."

Following a self-titled debut, Magic Circle returns with forty-five minutes of dominant, traditional doom-ridden heavy metal on "Journey Blind." Self-produced and recorded by the band at guitarist CC's The Pain Cave, the album will drop November 20 through 20 Buck Spin, with the vinyl to follow in early 2016. The track listing is as follows:

1. Journey Blind
2. The Damned Man
3. A Ballad For The Vultures
4. Lightning Cage
5. Ghosts Of The Southern Front
6. Grand Deceivers
7. Antediluvian More...

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Magic Circle Releasing "Journey Blind"

20 Buck Spin will round out its roster for 2015 with the release of "Journey Blind," the triumphant sophomore LP from Boston-based quintet Magic Circle due out November 20 on CD and digital formats. A vinyl pressing is due out in mid-December. 20 Buck Spin also comments:

"Who said anything about running out of ideas? The stubborn ones were born to linger, to nose out newer, more subtle permutations with the help from a few ragged fucks willing to practice them.

"The Magic Circle mutts roll in heavy metal whatness, striking a balance with the pituitary culture it begat, and the tunes it jacked out. Suburban drag races. Basement bum wine scrum. Every collective thought burnt into a dirty tape dub of Mob Rules. Sabbath, especially in its later incarnations, hulks ephemerally among all openings, rests, and codas.

"When Chris Corry and Dan Ducas' guitars aren't jelly-legging around Iommi, they're rekindling 'Neon Knights,' brandishing 'Die Young' credo. Meanwhile, Q clubs the kit like a drunken Cozy Powell. Brendan Radigan stakes big, black flag in vocal territory long occupied by Saint Vitus, Saxon, Armored Saint, and Trouble. Bassist Justin DeTore alternates creepy crawl and thunder word belch, laying yoke over each tune and driving them prejudicially underground.

"But motherfuck simply 'sounding' like these bands. Magic Circle celebrates them, and in doing so honors the form they have found. It's HEAVY METAL. Hit hard. Write riffs that clack along like rustbucket tanks into perpetuity. Play bass in ways that make you at once inseparable from every punch the drummer lands, and also ghosts every riff -- working beneath, between, behind the rhythm. Sing that fucking story as every ancient did their Homer. It means something. It stands for something. Bring that to the tape. More...

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Bolt Thrower Levels Chaos in Tejas

Death metal was one of the hot topics at this year’s Chaos in Tejas festival in Austin, Texas. Although punk rock permeates throughout the festival (The Damned headlined a show on the prior night), the ninth installment promised rare performances from two pioneering acts from England, Benediction and Bolt Thrower. Both bands are touring the States together. Unlike their gigs with Autopsy in California, Benediction and Bolt Thrower played on separate days.

I recall buying a computer desk from the sheet-metal warehouse that the promoters dubbed “E 11 5” and turned into a venue (at least for the festival). Even though the venue was not as cramped at Benediction’s show at Red 7, the sold out crowd’s body heat raised the temp to uncomfortable levels. When the temperature became unbearable, an outdoor vendor area on the grass presented a cool retreat. This area was a good place to talk to the fans including a group from Sweden and an ex-Z Rock disc jockey who informed us one of the members of Dokken was in attendance. More...

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Magic Circle Streaming Songs

Massachusetts doom band Magic Circle is streaming four tracks from its recent self-titled debut over on youtube. Below is an upload of "Rapture," with three other songs available at the aforementioned link. The four members of Magic Circle, who dabble in the occult, formed in 2011 from the ashes of the Boston hardcore bands Mind Eraser, A-Team and Rival Mob and have already played festival circuit dates such as Chaos In Tejas.

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Chaos in Tejas 2012 Day One

For some reason, Austin, Texas loves the good-time-party vibe of stoner rock and its sour faced, miserable brother, doom metal. These two related styles have a family reunion at SXSW, but the punk themed Chaos in Tejas is a less likely host. June 1st, the second day of Chaos in Tejas 2012, featured a doom metal dream lineup. Legends Saint Vitus took top bill, while Japan’s stoner-doom, serial killer fanatics Church of Misery made a rare North American appearance. Hail! Hornet, Magic Circles and The Gates of Slumber provided support. More...

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