Album Review: Magic Circle – “Journey Blind”

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However motivated it may be by irony, nostalgia, or a mix of both, it’s hard to deny that that the “retro renaissance” in metal—whether in doom, death, thrash, or traditional heavy metal—has produced some noteworthy material from bands who aren’t just flogging the corpse of yesteryear. One such outfit is Magic Circle. After making waves with their self-titled 2013 debut, the Boston-based quintet return with sophomore effort Journey Blind, an album that, while definitely not earning points for originality, is still a fun, engaging, and catchy amalgam of traditional doom metal, NWOBHM, and hard rock. Continue reading

Retrospective: Judas Priest – “Rocka Rolla”

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Hard to believe this month marks the 41st anniversary of Judas Priest’s full length debut Rocka Rolla,  as such, now is a good time for a Retrospective. At this point in the band’s career they were, for the most part, unknowns and when this album hit shelves it barely eclipsed a few thousand units. Traces of the almighty Priest, as we know them now, can be heard but overall this album falls in line with the likes of Thin Lizzy’s good time rock and Deep Purple’s heft. Unbeknownst to anyone at the time, this album would be among a handful that ushered in the New Wave Of British Heavy Metal (NWOBHM) and would kick-start the career of a legendary metal band.  Continue reading