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Judith Fisher
judith fisher
24th May 2011

circles the compass

Now, I really hate the P word (progressive) and with the exception of the Von Hertzen Brothers, really don't much like or listen to 'prog' music. Nothing wrong with it per se, just not my bag.

So, when I get the press release and see that they call this bloody brilliant band 'progressive' Metal, it nearly puts me right off before the CD even hits the stereo. As far as I can see, it's just a lazy ass way of describing something so off the wall, far out and downright unusual as the music this stunningly original band play.

Admittedly, finding a suitable description for this Australian Metal band isn't easy as these guys fuse, with innate ease, influences and styles from many quarters and meld them with their utterly unique take on Metal. Basically, adjectives aside, the closest I can come to getting their sound across is if Voivod, Dream Theater and Faith No More got together one insane night and produced a bastard child, this would be Circles.


Released on May 16th, 'The Compass' is a six track mini EP from these Australian Metallers consisting of Perry Kakridas: Vocals, Ted Furuhashi: Guitar, Dave Hunter: Drums, Matty Clarke: Guitar and Drew Patton: Bass, and bearing in mind they've only been together a year, it is an amazing piece of work.

Winding in on weird and wonderful synths and rasping guitars, the intricate 'The Frontline' blends subtle melodies and Mike Patton-esque vocals, feather light touches before twisting and turning into gut ripping, bellowing screams, Kakridas switching between both styles with consummate ease. There's no doubt that this man has some serious vocal range.

Throughout each track, Circles are relentless in their pursuit of the unusual, injecting intricate shots of Jazz and Groove into battering ram hardcore Metal - 'Clouds Are Gathering', careering between soaring melodies, tortured screams and throat shredding growls - 'Act 111', synths and guitars inextricably entwined over frenzied drumming - 'The Design', in all, the underlying swathe of towering Metal driving along irresistibly catchy songs.

The Compass is a stunning, and incredibly complex body of music that raises them head and shoulders above the norm and is a must for anyone that has even a hint of Metal in their soul!



Wacken Winter Nights 2018 takes place between February 23rd and 25th 2018 and the great news is that you can now experience a full-on, top class German Metal Festival easily and affordably.

It only takes an hour to fly to Hamburg from London and we've had longer journeys than that within the capital and they were certainly more expensive than the £33 air ticket that just appeared in our 'flights to Wacken Winter Nights' search.


Wacken Winter Nights is organised by the same team who are responsible for the world's greatest Metal festival, Wacken-Open-Air and the 2018 bill includes Skyclad, Orphaned Land, Elvenking, Finntroll, Grave Digger, Aeverium, Comes Vagantes, Coppelius, Corvus Corax, Die Pressgëng, Elvellon, Heimataerde, Hell-O-Matic, Ignis Fatuu, Ingrimm, Irdorath, Johnny Deathshadow, Krayenzeit, Letzte Instanz, Mr Hurley und die Pulveraffen, Pampatut, Pat Razket, Schandmaul, Sündenrausch, The Aberlour's, The Moon And The Nightspirit, Torfrock, Visions Of Atlantis, Vroudenspil, Wind Rose and more.

Besides this rich billing of superb Metal bands, there is so much more to see in the festival area including the medieval market and also the walking acts and jugglers you will meet at the theme worlds, including Robert Blake, three-time World Cup winner of street magic.

Wacken Winter Nights is something not to be missed and you can check out the amazing ticket and accommodation prices right here.

We just priced up the whole four day trip with hotels, flights, shuttles and festival tickets for less than £300 and we don't think you will get a better value festival than that, anywhere.


MetalTalk recently sat down with Wacken founder and owner Thomas Jensen and that interview will be online next week and it's a fascinating insight into how Wacken originated from nothing to become the world's premiere Heavy Metal event.


Wacken 2018 takes place from 2nd to 4th August 20218 and as with Wacken Winter Nights, if you have never experienced all it has to offer, then you owe it to yourself to remedy that.

Already announced for Wacken 2018 are Judas Priest, Nightwish, Running Wild (exclusive), Arch Enemy, Dirkschneider, Doro (Special Anniversary Show), In Extremo, Sepultura, Amorphis, Amaranthe, Firewind, W.A.R., Belphegor, Mantar, Knorkator, Deserted Fear, Watain, Night Demon, Epica, Knorkator, Belphegor, Firewind, Deserted Fear and many more and we'll have more Wacken 2018 announcements during December.

As well as being the greatest Heavy Metal festival in the world, it is without a doubt the Mecca of Metal and the one thing that every single person who loves our music should have on their bucket list.

For 2018, MetalTalk have joined forces with Wacken-Open-Air to help you get to Wacken easily and inexpensively and you can peruse the ticket and travel options right here.

If you are interested in going to Wacken 2018 and have questions, please fill out the form below and we will contact you with answers to all your enquiries. You are under no obligation whatsoever by filling this form out. We won't add you to any mailing lists or send you loads of spam - all we will do is help you get to Wacken as easily and inexpensively as possible.



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