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Which albums by Circle should I pick up?

die9o (dhadis), Wednesday, 8 January 2003 16:24 (eighteen years ago) link

Based on the songs I heard on that Klangbad comp and descriptions I've read of them, I think I'd like them a lot but don't really know where to begin--they have so many records.

die9o (dhadis), Wednesday, 8 January 2003 16:25 (eighteen years ago) link

I mentioned this one before, but the live album "Raunio," recorded in Eastern Europe, I think, on September 11, 2001, is really great. I think it's vinyl-only now, but Squealor will be releasing it on CD in February, or thereabouts.

Yanc3y (ystrickler), Wednesday, 8 January 2003 16:27 (eighteen years ago) link

I thought Raunio was already out on CD? Anyway, it is good, though in general, I think Circle can become a little mind-numbing after awhile.

dleone (dleone), Wednesday, 8 January 2003 16:43 (eighteen years ago) link

It was out internationally, not domestically in the U.S. I just checked Squealer's site, and it isn't clear if it's out already. My promo copy has 2003 as the copyright date, so I would guess not.

Yanc3y (ystrickler), Wednesday, 8 January 2003 16:48 (eighteen years ago) link

THanks for the info.

And as an aside, how's that WORMS album on tUMULt?

die9o (dhadis), Wednesday, 8 January 2003 16:54 (eighteen years ago) link

I like the tUMULt one Andexelt a lot and Pori is also really good (they have a shit load of early records which are also supposed to be GREAT in the same vein, but I've been unable to get a hold of them). Both of the aformentioned are definitely more trance-y krautrock kind of stuff. . . BUT recent records Sunrise and Raunio feature a vocalist and are definitely more METAL sounding (sort of like a Finnish Judas Priest at points).

Alex in SF (Alex in SF), Thursday, 9 January 2003 02:08 (eighteen years ago) link

Some friends have recommended these folks and I might have some mp3s around. What little I've heard of them via the Acid Mothers connection was Most Promising.

Ned Raggett (Ned), Thursday, 9 January 2003 02:30 (eighteen years ago) link

Probably seconding what a few peeps have said already.

Of the ones you can get hold of easily I'd say the recent Sunrise and Prospekt disks are both excellent. Sunrise is mostly in a motorik-trance-metal style (yes complete with screaming, almost operatic vocals - it works!) and also some lovely more acoustic tracks. Prospekt sounds slightly more "cyber" and less traditionally rock, but is still pretty raging, and of course repetetive as hell. Pori also has some top moments, plus some jazzy p**t-r**k bits (but hey it was 1996, and it's not that bad if you actually like Tortoise) The way they can pull off stuff in 15/8 or whatever, without sounding at all prog is wikkid. Taantumus is also pretty great, some ace riddims with some jazzier tracks and some more rockin ones, and certainly a big Can influence. Circle's rhythms really are what set them apart. I can imagine them appealing to more open minded 'tronica heads as well. This really is stoner music par-excellence, but sharp as f*** in that Finish way - they've probly never done druqks in their lives :)

I think all of the above are available from in the UK, and also from the bands' own label, along with lots of curious side projects. Chunky records have also just recently reissued Prospekt on vinyl on their Static-Resonance label.

Go for it!

brainliner, Thursday, 9 January 2003 15:06 (eighteen years ago) link

two months pass...
i second "raunio" which is everything i expect "spacerock" to be and never is. dark and psychedelic. also "sunrise" absolutely hilarious album. psychedelic judas priest w/ amon duul sung by human goat-priest colourful creepy rockin good fun. can anyone advise me on the exact operating areas of ovalki and kirvasto (feat circle / ex circle members) ?????????? the bad vugum descriptions are always so very innacurate for some godforsaken reason!

bobba snoom snoom, Saturday, 29 March 2003 21:46 (eighteen years ago) link

Oddly enough I just got copies of Raunio and Sunrise in the mail! :-)

Ned Raggett (Ned), Saturday, 29 March 2003 22:01 (eighteen years ago) link

lucky man. i only get those things with missing kids on one side and carpet cleaning ads on the other.

your null fame (yournullfame), Sunday, 30 March 2003 00:11 (eighteen years ago) link

Pori is the one I pull out most often, and it's pretty often these days. Good stuff

roger adultery (roger adultery), Sunday, 30 March 2003 01:20 (eighteen years ago) link

Meronia and Zopalki just sounded even better than i'd remembered. and all the latent ||-dimension Stereolabisms made me dig out Snapper's Shotgun Blossom (yeah!) i still can't quite wrap my ears 'round the vocal histrionics of Prospekt onward, but the music is mostly superb.

summerslastsound (summerslastsound), Sunday, 30 March 2003 04:16 (eighteen years ago) link

Raunio was indeed pretty damn great, but fucking fuck fuck is Sunrise completely goddamn over the top. "Nopeuskuningas" is what I imagine is going on inside Dave Q's head most of the time.

Ned Raggett (Ned), Wednesday, 2 April 2003 17:02 (eighteen years ago) link

two months pass...
i just got me TAANTUMUS boy o boy its the freeakin bolox, man. vision creation newsun my arse! it even has a track that sounds like devo of the troll-world

bob snoom, Thursday, 19 June 2003 10:36 (seventeen years ago) link

Finland is the new Brooklyn.

adam (adam), Thursday, 19 June 2003 17:26 (seventeen years ago) link

eleven months pass...
FUCK! I was about to start this thread when I decided to do a search instead. Ironically, I found it through a link in a "starting new thread when one already exists" thread. Anyway, I just went to to check out TAANTUMUS, but the Tumult site seemed unresponsive. Anyway know if Tumult's on hiatus?(Speaking of label hiatus, what happened to Hanson?)
Anyway, I've only got Raunio and Prospekt by Circle and would really like more to vary the cosmic pummeling.

Sean Witzman (trip maker), Tuesday, 8 June 2004 12:55 (sixteen years ago) link

Also, what do people think of all the side projects(Pharaoh Overlord, Doktor Kettu, etc)? What's good? What's less than?

Sean Witzman (trip maker), Tuesday, 8 June 2004 13:20 (sixteen years ago) link

Great guys, good albums. I bet their live show must be fantastic.
Go for _Raunio_ and _Sunrise_; the last one _Guillotine_ has a couple of very nice Can-like tracks.

Marco Damiani (Marco D.), Tuesday, 8 June 2004 14:14 (sixteen years ago) link

Doktor Kettu is massive, much 'darker' and 'out' than Circle. Improv, droney fun. I didn't know they were Circle-related. Thanks for the info!

John Bullabaugh (John Bullabaugh), Tuesday, 8 June 2004 19:19 (sixteen years ago) link

Pretty sure it's Jussi's solo project. Could be wrong.
Perhaps refer to Eclipse for clarification?

Sean Witzman (trip maker), Tuesday, 8 June 2004 19:20 (sixteen years ago) link

another finnish band you maybe want to check out are deep turtle who sing in spanish and sound like king crimson (with all mambers replaced by unsane)doing ricky martin covers. neeto!

bob snoom, Friday, 11 June 2004 13:42 (sixteen years ago) link


cutty (mcutt), Friday, 11 June 2004 14:06 (sixteen years ago) link

re: Pharoh Overlord

They are a bit more sparse than Circle, slow grooves, slight metal edge, repetitious riffs...kind of mellow.

Pot Friendly.

ddb (ddb), Friday, 11 June 2004 14:23 (sixteen years ago) link

i was really dissapointed with 'guillotine' after the strong showing on 'sunrise' and 'alotus'.will definately go back and check it out again soon.
circle has the most prolific player in jussi lehtisalo this side of bob pollard. has just released a live pharoah overlord[jussi] cd that i wanna hear. the first two studio discs are stellar.
jussi also records with ektroverde and the addition he runs ektro records,the label for most things circle.
much more info may be found at hope this helps a little.

william (william), Friday, 11 June 2004 17:37 (sixteen years ago) link

not that bob pollard is the bassist. should have said bandleader.

william (william), Friday, 11 June 2004 17:39 (sixteen years ago) link

other circle threads to check::
circle :: "guillotine"
wanting to find:: more 'circle'
Pharaoh Overlord?????

william (william), Friday, 11 June 2004 17:48 (sixteen years ago) link

Thanks very much. I'm sold on Pharaoh Overlord now, but I'm also completely broke and I've convinced myself that I will stop spending frivolously on music. And I will. stop.

Sean Witzman (trip maker), Friday, 11 June 2004 17:57 (sixteen years ago) link

i really like "pori".
its so driving.

emma cleveland (emma cleveland), Friday, 11 June 2004 18:18 (sixteen years ago) link

Anyway know if Tumult's on hiatus?

they just put out the leviathan/crebain split; i don't think andee's on hiatus, i think their website is just in desperate need of updating.

el sabor de gene (yournullfame), Friday, 11 June 2004 19:12 (sixteen years ago) link

Yes. I can't get through the title page. It's just trees and the word Tumult.

Sean Witzman (trip maker), Friday, 11 June 2004 19:30 (sixteen years ago) link

you got to click on the center of the spiral in the trees, dude. just move your cursor around, you'll find it.

el sabor de gene (yournullfame), Friday, 11 June 2004 20:55 (sixteen years ago) link

one year passes...
Shit! They'll never come my way!

(All shows with Cul De Sac)
Sat Mar 11, Boston, MA - TT The Bear's Place
Sun Mar 12, New York, NY - Knitting Factory
Mon Mar 13, Charlottesville, VA - Twisted Tea Bazaar
Tues Mar 14, Chapel Hill, NC - Local 506
Wed Mar 15, Atlanta, GA - Drunken Unicorn
Fri Mar 17, Austin, TX - Emo's 4 (Eclipse SXSW Showcase)
Sun Mar 19, Alburquerque, NM - Launchpad
Mon Mar 20, Las Vegas, NV - Venue TBA
Tues Mar 21, San Diego, CA - Venue TBA
Wed Mar 22, Los Angeles, CA - Knitting Factory

peepee (peepee), Friday, 10 March 2006 14:53 (fifteen years ago) link

They hate you. (You should protest.) I think I'm already doing something that night, more's the pity, but at least I've seen them once before!

Ned Raggett (Ned), Friday, 10 March 2006 15:02 (fifteen years ago) link

You're right, Ned. I will protest.
I refuse to see them on this tour!

peepee (peepee), Friday, 10 March 2006 17:36 (fifteen years ago) link

I saw them live last time out. Haha.

Brian O'Neill (NYCNative), Friday, 10 March 2006 17:45 (fifteen years ago) link

They fucking DESTROYED last year.

Special Agent Gene Krupa (orion), Friday, 10 March 2006 17:49 (fifteen years ago) link

Was Golem/Vesiliirto ever released on CD?


I have to pick shows very carefully this month....

Giles Manius (jsoulja), Friday, 10 March 2006 18:45 (fifteen years ago) link


Matt #2 (Matt #2), Friday, 10 March 2006 19:14 (fifteen years ago) link

What Matt said.

Ned Raggett (Ned), Friday, 10 March 2006 19:15 (fifteen years ago) link

They never come to Scotland :(

Last Of The Famous International Pfunkboys (Kerr), Friday, 10 March 2006 19:18 (fifteen years ago) link

Very surprised that they're skipping the Bay Area since Aquarius seems to be such vocal supporters of Circle. Las Vegas and San Diego instead?

QuantumNoise (Justin Farrar), Friday, 10 March 2006 20:29 (fifteen years ago) link

I'm pretty sure they played San Francisco last year. If I remember correct, I was up there and had to choose between seeing them and Richie Hawtin, and I picked Richie Hawtin.

Giles Manius (jsoulja), Friday, 10 March 2006 20:35 (fifteen years ago) link

one month passes...
Other groups to check out related to Circle:

Rättö ja Lehtisalo, spacey experimental synth pop with progressive overtones.
Kuusumun Profeetta, trippy folk music (actually one of their 4 albums is pretty straightforward old school heavy) with Mika Rättö on vocals and Rhodes.

mikko (mikko), Friday, 21 April 2006 05:08 (fifteen years ago) link


Brigadier Lethbridge-Pfunkboy (Kerr), Friday, 21 April 2006 08:09 (fifteen years ago) link

I almost revived this thread a few days ago because I found a bunch of older Circle albums on usenet and fell in love with them. I don't have anything to add, though. I'm not as keen on their NWOFHM stuff, but it's still good. The newest Pharaoh Overlord album is hard to listen to. My favorites are: Alotus, Andexelt, Guillotine, and Pori. I wish some of these albums weren't so hard to find on CD.

josh in sf (stfu kthx), Friday, 21 April 2006 16:31 (fifteen years ago) link

A friend of mine played some Rättö & Lehtisalo to me, it didn't sound like synth pop, more like experimental folk. I don't really like Circle that much (too post-rock), but Kuusumun Profeetta is highly recommendable, though the heavy album is of acquired taste. And you probably miss some of it's charm if you don't understand the lyrics.

Tuomas (Tuomas), Friday, 21 April 2006 18:59 (fifteen years ago) link

so let's talk about earthworm, the new ep with the singer from jesters of destiny on guest vocals. first song almost comes across as a smarter circle/early monster magnet hybrid but fast. rest is a little less exciting but still pretty solid and i could actually picture them getting airplay on non-corporate rock stations. if there were any.

GOD PUNCH TO HAWKWIND (yournullfame), Sunday, 30 April 2006 23:54 (fifteen years ago) link

the beginning of the first song on "earthworm" sounds just like ruinzhatova's cover of "close to the edge." that's fine by me. i was put off a little by the english singing, but got used to it. the piano plinking stuff in the last song's a nice way to end it

prince rupert, Tuesday, 2 May 2006 20:48 (fifteen years ago) link

Picked up a copy of SSEENNSSEESS this afternoon (sidenote: really wishing these Ektro/Full Contact did digital downloads with the vinyl!), excited to give it a spin this weekend. I need to get Leviatan next. Is the new 7" available digitally anywhere? Leviatan is on iTunes, but the 7" isn't.

djenter the dragon? (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Friday, 16 May 2014 19:28 (six years ago) link

two weeks pass...

Another interview:

Liinu, Saturday, 31 May 2014 19:58 (six years ago) link

Cool, thanks again!!!

Jon, I know some Ektro stuff ends up on amazon mp3 downloads, the last Kuusumun Profeetta had a single that ended up there so I imagine a few other things might've as well. Leviatan really is essential!

Skeleton Kites is fantastic, too!! I have been listening to it non-stop. It is 100% acoustic singer-songwriter at the core but there are lots and lots and lots of electrified rock and roll guitar solos coloring the overall picture. It is a very good companion to Leviatan, sonically and thematically (well, perhaps!) Both have the exact same guitar sounds and of course that worldly wise/weary Westerlund singing. Janne Westerlund is just hitting home run after home run the past year or two. His solo cd Oran , Frontier, Leviatan and now Skeleton Kites are all superb works where he takes center stage. I think i could make masterpiece arguments for all of them!

Oh, and getting the first 3 7" Circle singles in fancy remastered represses is really exciting!!!!

liam fennell, Monday, 2 June 2014 12:15 (six years ago) link

Cool interview, I love Jussi so much. I totally agree with him, his sense of guitar rhythm really is stunning! In fact, for me, life-changing!!

liam fennell, Monday, 2 June 2014 12:38 (six years ago) link

Jon, I know some Ektro stuff ends up on amazon mp3 downloads, the last Kuusumun Profeetta had a single that ended up there so I imagine a few other things might've as well.

Cool, thanks! I don't think I'd ever have thought to look for Circle stuff on Amazon.

djenter the dragon? (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Monday, 2 June 2014 19:59 (six years ago) link

two weeks pass...

Circle's Surface and Hissi will be released on vinyl! Release date is August 8th. Pre-orders in Ektro's web store.

Liinu, Wednesday, 18 June 2014 16:24 (six years ago) link

Wow! Surface especially is great news!

liam fennell, Wednesday, 18 June 2014 16:34 (six years ago) link

Must not have the Marble Sheep stuff, though, which is kind of be a shame, but understandable.

liam fennell, Wednesday, 18 June 2014 16:39 (six years ago) link

Yeah, looks like it is Circle's part of the Circle/Marble Sheep split only. Cool anyway!

Liinu, Wednesday, 18 June 2014 17:40 (six years ago) link

Been listening to Zopalki lately. Great. Valerian sounds a bit like avant-Alice in Chains

the fourth death of ernest borgnine (Drugs A. Money), Wednesday, 18 June 2014 19:46 (six years ago) link

Okay Hissi is the one!

noir-ish need apply (Drugs A. Money), Sunday, 22 June 2014 06:38 (six years ago) link

Patience pays off. Leviatan finally showed up in my local shop (CD, but fine for me).

Bus Sex Teen Busted After Queef Beef (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Sunday, 22 June 2014 16:56 (six years ago) link

Leviatan is so great - worth waiting for! Is the title a strange pun or what? The cover painting depicts a sunbathing seal... on a staircase inside a house.

Drugs A. Money, since you're on an early Circle kick, do try to make some time for Surface which is a live album of that era. It sounds amazing and is unbelievably tight/focused. Really, really cool stuff. I think I like it the most of the first few albums because it has the most energy.

liam fennell, Monday, 23 June 2014 11:49 (six years ago) link

I will def get around to Surface. I liked your description of it upthread a lot

noir-ish need apply (Drugs A. Money), Tuesday, 24 June 2014 11:11 (six years ago) link

one month passes...

New Circle & Pharaoh Overlord live albums coming up!

From Ektro's web page:

Ektro Records' vision for the future is to offer "outstanding solutions of subversive sound art". Key paths to realizing the vision are "harmonizing production lines" and "maximizing synergy advantages". As part of this strategy, the company launches a new, innovative concept: The "6000 km/h" brand.

6000 km/h is a product line of high quality, multi-channel "live" recordings. The brand name strives to communicate "speed, dynamism and goal-orientedness". The honour of opening the new product line has been given to Ektro records' flagship merchandise CIRCLE, jointly with its sister band oriented to the developing markets, PHARAOH OVERLORD. The pair of albums comprises a mutually complementing conceptual gesamtkunstwerk, the parts of which can, however, also be enjoyed as independent works.

CIRCLE's album 6000 km/h was recorded on the band's European tour in spring 2014. Utmost care has been taken to include a top quality selection of most exciting "takes" of the band's psychedelic rock hits like "Paniikin Valtias", "Fish Reflection", and the evergreen "Se Jonka Nimeä Ei Mainita".

PHARAOH OVERLORD's album 6000 km/h is a recording of the band's show at Turku's H2Ö festival, where they gave the festival audience the most unforgettable summer experience of the year 2014, taking them on a ride through time and space into a dialectical tailspin where the laws of music, theatre and society, among other things, turn into their opposites. All the songs on the album are world premieres, including titles such as "Hei Se Kassi Tänne", "No Ota Sitten Kolmekymppiä", and "Onkohan Tää Riisiä"

Jussi Lehtisalo, the Executive Director of Ektro Records, is excited about the "6000 km/h" concept: "6000 km/h is our bravest product launch since the company started in 1996. This is going to be something totally whacked out!"

Liinu, Tuesday, 5 August 2014 12:06 (six years ago) link

Ha, perfect.

liam fennell, Tuesday, 5 August 2014 14:19 (six years ago) link


Bus Sex Teen Busted After Queef Beef (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Tuesday, 5 August 2014 16:38 (six years ago) link

one month passes...

New Ruton Music cassettes up for pre-order in Ektro's web store!

Harry Salmenniemi: Kivirivit
Pharaoh Overlord: Överhörn
Circle: Hukkaamiskielto

Liinu, Monday, 15 September 2014 18:19 (six years ago) link

Good lookin' out! I live in fear of missing out on these things since I missed out on the first one Noiduttu which is a hell of a great Circle album doomed to ultra-obscurity (for the time being, at least.)

The new 7" reissues are very handsome, in case anyone is wondering, and of course the music is pretty great, too.

liam fennell, Tuesday, 16 September 2014 11:54 (six years ago) link

YAASSS! Guillotine coming on vinyl! I love that album!

Liinu, Friday, 26 September 2014 13:11 (six years ago) link

Yeah, I'm so stoked ha. It's my favorite album ever, so otherworldly. And a bonus track!

liam fennell, Friday, 26 September 2014 15:29 (six years ago) link

one month passes...

Circle vs Circle @ Supermassive festival, Helsinki, Finland, 23/10/14

part 1:
part 2:
part 3:
part 4:
part 5:

Liinu, Saturday, 1 November 2014 23:10 (six years ago) link

Cool! Can't wait for the record.

I haven't listened to any of the 4 new releases yet except the Circle cassette which is totally bonkers... it is a live set somehow converted to midi and then I guess mixed/layered with the actual live recording. So it sounds like really noisey live Circle rendered as 8 bit NES video game music. The cymbals especially are funny. Weird, confusing stuff. Hard to say if it is "good" or not but it is a worthy experiment.

liam fennell, Monday, 3 November 2014 12:44 (six years ago) link

one month passes...

Ydinontelo / Hollow Core (Janne Westerlund, Julius Jääskeläinen, Pekka Jääskeläinen)

Liinu, Saturday, 6 December 2014 12:47 (six years ago) link

Yay! Got my package from Aquarius today that includes those first two 6000 km/h entries!

ƋППṍӮɨ∏ğڵșěᶉᶇдM℮ (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Monday, 15 December 2014 20:18 (six years ago) link

two months pass...

Holy shit, a Circle album called Pharaoh Overlord!

The Janne Westerlund Marshland is killer, very rootsy folksy acoustic mellow sing-songs with the occasional dark Forest-esqe dark trippy instrumental excursion. The Aktor is strange and very 80s cheese metal -- I'm going to have to spend time with this thing. Superb playing on both.

liam fennell, Tuesday, 3 March 2015 18:25 (six years ago) link

Oh jeez, and a Pharaoh Overlord called Circle, ha!

liam fennell, Tuesday, 3 March 2015 18:27 (six years ago) link

Haahaha, brilliant! I love the gimmicks. :-)

Liinu, Tuesday, 3 March 2015 21:54 (six years ago) link

one month passes...

"The best of Circle - selected by Jussi Lehtisalo. 5 tunes from the 24 year-old history of Finland's most mysterious band - Circle - selected by their founder."

Liinu, Saturday, 18 April 2015 17:54 (six years ago) link

Interesting choices!

liam fennell, Monday, 20 April 2015 12:03 (six years ago) link

Ruton Music cassette alert!

"Circle: Live in London CS (PRE-ORDER)
[Ruton Music (rut-012)]

This is a pre-order item, release date is May 15th

RUT-012: Circle: Live in London (C62)

Circle at London’s epic Scala club in April 2014. Showroom dummies? Blurred agenda? Wrong timing?

”They build a lot of their work on repetition, which is fair enough, but it really does nothing for me, ” penned Chris Grenville in Monolith.

Red shell, direct black bodyprinting, numbered edition of 200."

Liinu, Monday, 20 April 2015 18:43 (six years ago) link

Jeez, between this, the new Circle and PO studio albums, the Bensini thing AND the 2xDVD my wallet is really hurting, ha. In the best possible way!

liam fennell, Tuesday, 21 April 2015 11:52 (six years ago) link

I know, right? "Welcome to Circle fan club. Sorry about your wallet." But Circle (and related) albums/cassettes/DVDs/t-shirts are definitely worth it!

Liinu, Tuesday, 21 April 2015 20:41 (six years ago) link

Right, every 6 months or so I'm saying to myself, "Hmmm, it's been a long time since the last Circle album." ha. And something interesting always comes along, usually something hard to comprehend that you struggle for a few listens to integrate into the big picture. Or give up on! But it's always rewarding. For 12 years now or something I've been getting this annual fix! And I guess more people must be buying the stuff because now it comes in waves!!!

liam fennell, Wednesday, 22 April 2015 11:56 (six years ago) link

three weeks pass...

Circle's Euro tour starts soon! Anyone here going?

SE Malmö Inkonst

DK Göteborg Truckstop Alaska

DK København Jazzhouse

DE Berlin Urban Spree + Camera

DE Dresden Scheune

UK Birmingham Capsule @ Hare & Hounds

UK Bradford Threadfest

UK London Raw Power Weekender
(as Pharaoh Overlord)

UK London Raw Power Weekender
(as Circle)

NL Arnhem Willemeen

27.05. BE Leuven Orange Factory @ Sojo

29.05. CH Bad Bonn Kilbi

CH Basel Bildrausch
(SSEENNSSEESS - performance with Mika Taanila)

Liinu, Wednesday, 13 May 2015 09:17 (five years ago) link

eight months pass...

SSEENNSSEESS CD pre-order up. I knew I should have waited or asked; prefer my Circle on CD.

Oddly there's a clip of one SSEENNSSEESS show on YouTube with no Jussi!

Actually I've been looking for an excuse to bump this thread for a while. Talk Circle!

Live In London is ace BTW, in case you were wondering. Great versions of Fish Reflection, Terminal, Beer & Ribs and other favourites.

Noel Emits, Monday, 18 January 2016 14:53 (five years ago) link

I think they had an exceptionally good year last year. The Circle Pharaoh Overlord is one of their best albums ever for me and a few of my friends who don't even like the band dig the Pharaoh Overlord Circle I guess because it has a user-friendly major key synth pop vibe?

Both live cassettes were excellent indeed, the one from the late 90's with a handful of Pori songs was even something of a revelation!

The live 2xDVD though is disappointingly unwatchable youtube quality single camera video. Luckily it sounds great, so I ripped the audio and it functions perfectly as an epic-length pair of live albums!!!

Also Jussi's 3rd solo album is excellent song-oriented stuff, short and sweet and bordering on sublime.

Noel, I got an email from you a month ago or so but you didn't include a return email address so I couldn't reply -- would be glad to send you that Brighton live set.

liam fennell, Tuesday, 19 January 2016 15:30 (five years ago) link

Thanks Liam, I'll be in touch.

As I said I have the 2005 set which I think I must have recorded and immediately filed away, unless I sent a copy to Jussi. Not a very good recording unfortunately, the 2004 show I remember sounding much better.

Noel Emits, Wednesday, 20 January 2016 10:09 (five years ago) link

one year passes...

If you are looking to pick up some things on Bandcamp today three Ratto Ja Lehtisalo albums have recently been added and they are all terrific, especially Matematiikka, but all of them.

I've been starting to catch up on Kuusumun Proffetta as well and also love the ones I've heard so far (Hymyilevien Laivojen Satama & Huutoja Hiljaisesta Huoneesta).

Noel Emits, Friday, 3 February 2017 18:12 (four years ago) link

four months pass...

This one is sounding pretty good so far

the evening redness at the injection site (GOTT PUNCH II HAWKWINDZ), Saturday, 24 June 2017 06:43 (three years ago) link

two weeks pass...

I found the Aktor album for cheap and, I admit, didn't really get it at first; now I feel like its dominant influence is Blue Öyster Cult's Agents of Fortune and after stuff (weird blend of uneasy guitars and keyboards with kind of anthemic, upbeat choruses - I mean, the chorus to The Mover!) and not-quite-metal hard rock (and/or prog bands trying to "dumb down" and play hard rock like Saga or something) from the early 80s. It's cool! But it's such a weird sound.

Puke and Other Poems (GOTT PUNCH II HAWKWINDZ), Wednesday, 12 July 2017 12:27 (three years ago) link

Or like late 70s Uriah Heep, Wishbone Ash, etc.

Puke and Other Poems (GOTT PUNCH II HAWKWINDZ), Wednesday, 12 July 2017 12:29 (three years ago) link

I totally love it.

When I posted a little while back about original inspirations for Aktor and the Iron Magazine EP* I was reminded about this thread:

1981 = year of 70s dino rockers w modren/wavo comeback LPs

Be sure to check out High Spirits' 'Motivator' album as well. Chris Black is some kind of genius.

* "...lazer-buzzing, intergalactic HARD ROCKIN' at that nexus of 1980 where greasy 'n' galloping heavy metal, Sunset-strippin' hard rock, and space-cased AOR all crossed DNA for one brief moment."

Noel Emits, Wednesday, 12 July 2017 13:12 (three years ago) link

And don't miss the Aktor single. Just a couple of bucks on Bamdcamp I think. The B side 'Buried By The Sea' is more prog than anything on the album.

Noel Emits, Wednesday, 12 July 2017 13:17 (three years ago) link

Nice! Thanks!

Going to have to scour that 1981 thread, I'm kinda feeling that era right now.

Puke and Other Poems (GOTT PUNCH II HAWKWINDZ), Wednesday, 12 July 2017 13:20 (three years ago) link

three months pass...
four months pass...

Inordinately enjoying Krypt Axeripper right now, will have to check out Steel Mammoth. The Aktor album and 7" kinda fit with this weird vibe, too.

my dreams in the hell-pits (GOTT PUNCH II HAWKWINDZ), Thursday, 29 March 2018 03:07 (three years ago) link

If I remember right, the Krypt Axeripper came out just before Jussi Lehtisalo started releasing his Jussi and friends (what I call these things) NWOFHM 7"s, and is I think the first in that series of worthwhile experiments. Which is to say I hope if you plan to keep digging that you don't neglect the Traktor Pulling, Motorspandex, Mercedes Hell, and Arkhamin Kirjasto 7"s, all of which are along those lines and are about as rich with content as 7" records can possibly be! Those lines being pomo eclectic warped motor metal. All these releases are pretty fun. A less good but still worthy NWOFHM cassette came out more recently that may or may not still be available, and features otherwise unreleased tracks from some of the above projects and others.

Steel Mammoth is also clearly this genre, and is also a really fun band, and probably closest to the Krypt Axeripper record's sound, just Jussi has minimal involvement with SM far as I can tell after their first two albums (it's confusing!) Another good group is Night Satan, whom are totally unrelated member-wise I think, but have an exceptional 7" themselves (mastered by Jussi) which is NWOFHM instrumentals with synths pretending to be distorted electric guitars! Their first full length drops the metal posturing and features mostly John Carpenter-type minor key arpeggiated synth instrumentals.

I agree the Aktor stuff is very much a return to that sound! Just slicker! The singer/songwriter is very, very strong, and I understand has other projects which are highly regarded, and his strength combined with Circle's rhythm section makes for an interesting group indeed!

liam fennell, Thursday, 29 March 2018 12:04 (three years ago) link

Wow man... so much stuff to catch up with! Thanks for the tips!

my dreams in the hell-pits (GOTT PUNCH II HAWKWINDZ), Thursday, 29 March 2018 19:24 (three years ago) link

i heard Jussi made an album with the people from Mamiffer -- has anyone heard it?

weird woman in a bar (La Lechera), Thursday, 29 March 2018 21:38 (three years ago) link

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