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Mourning Light Records & Metal 1on1 is proud to

present a one-person blackened epic

heavy/doom act, with his EP release << Stormlander >>

FFO: Immortal, Isengard (Nor), Bathory,

early-Darkthrone, Nortt, Summoning, Abbath, I


Band: Cirkeln

Home: Sweden (Stormlander)

Style: Doom Black

Title: Stormlander

Type: EP

Release: 14th February 2020

Runtime: 31:13

Label: Mourning Light Records

Artwork: Dorothy Hardy

𝕾𝖎𝖓 𝖑: 𝕲𝖚𝖎𝖙𝖆𝖗 & 𝕭𝖆𝖘𝖘: Combing fast-cold tormenting atmospheric blackened repetitive riffage & heavy melodies & short solos, with slowness and thicker, bassier sound of doom

𝕾𝖎𝖓 𝖑𝖑: 𝖁𝖔𝖈𝖆𝖑𝖘: Mixture of snarling vocals that are frostbitten & evil (reminiscent of Abbath's style)

𝕾𝖎𝖓 𝖑𝖑𝖑: 𝕯𝖗𝖚𝖒𝖘: Malefic gut-busting drum patterns & blast-beats that raw and nasty

𝕾𝖎𝖓 𝖑𝖁: 𝕺𝖛𝖊𝖗𝖆𝖑𝖑: Hailing the northern wastes of Sweden, a one-person act Cirkeln bursting from a blizzard of darkness and evil to tell stories of ancient nature and epic adventure within his debut EP release Stormlander that is an over thirty-minutes of the most tormenting doom-black metal


With only six cold songs on the EP, well only five, with track one, just been an intro, - once hitting the play button, the listen is unwelcome to the intro track "The Call from the Deep" with an unsettling and nerve-ranking atmospheric feeling, ritual summoning voices, then the rest of the EP bursts to life with an -Esque Immortal/Abbath atmospheric sound & singing, taking the listener into some impressive and outstanding mixture of tortuous of cold & raw old-school black, slow sincere doom metal feel with a hazy mist feeling around your ankles, change of tempos and mood within the songs  that will keep you hooked and suspense, not forgetting the gut-busting drum beats, with an epic saga of Bathory, a folk metal vibe of Isengard with many other various elements including folk/epic sound fx, change of melodies, tone, with a mixture of old-school/modern sound, energetic, with some outstanding craftsmanship & musicianship thrown in the mix


I thoroughly enjoyed this release, with the ground scale of epicist of fusion of folk, doom, black and various other elements, this a must listen and worth the attention; this doesn't play like any doom-black metal, that you will come across in a long time


**Just take a listen - worth the listen and playtime - not to be missed**

*outstanding* * *entertaining & well-executed* *mind-blowing*



epic extreme metal

𝕾𝖎𝖓 𝖁: 𝕬𝖗𝖙𝖜𝖔𝖗𝖐: Epic and showing a bloodthirsty battle with man and beast, or some kind of hunt/quest? 

𝕾𝖎𝖓 𝖁𝖑: 𝕺𝖚𝖙𝖘𝖙𝖆𝖓𝖉𝖎𝖓𝖌: Not sure where to begin

𝕾𝖎𝖓 𝖁𝖑𝖑: 𝕯𝖎𝖘𝖑𝖎𝖐𝖊: none


Searcher (everything)


#01. The Call from the Deep (Intro) (01:27)

#02. Old Demon King (05:51)

#03. Hammer High (05:26)

#04. Stormlander (07:36)

#05. Svartalfsmedjans Dunkel (04:38)

#06. As the Gods Burn (06:15)

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