The year 2007 saw the demise of one of Germany’s most famous and infamous extreme metal bands, Mystic Circle. After seven unholy albums, mega tours with the likes of such luminaries as Marduk, Gorgoroth, Dimmu Borgir and endless media exposure, the only remaining founding member, Beelzebub, decided to leave the band. The devil, however, is in the details: a closer look reveals that the black heart of Mystic Circle actually stopped beating years before in 1999, in fact, when A. Blackwar fled the band and left behind a host of unfulfilled nightmares. Twenty-two years after going their separate paths, the visionary heads of Mystic Circle have reunited continuing right where they left off in 1999. It’s a blasphemous comeback, a renewed pact with the devil, and a return to form with their old logo, fury in their hearts, and fresh darkness in their souls!
Aptly titled “Mystic Circle”, the band’s return offering will be talked about for years to come. It is a blazing black/death metal manifesto of Swedish provenance; a possessed recalibration of their ever melodic, sinister, aggressive trademark sound. “Technical possibilities available today allow us to realize this band the way it was always meant to be,” A. Blackwar states. “Maybe time wasn’t ripe for us back then; maybe we were there too early. But it doesn’t matter: we’re back! The songs pick up the threads right after “Infernal Satanic Verses” and showcase how the band was supposed to progress.”
Listen closely and you will even notice that the outro of “Infernal Satanic Verses” is directly morphing into the intro of “Mystic Circle” by the blackest of magic, it is as if two-plus decades haven’t gone by. Notes Beelzebub in closing, “We’re incredibly proud of this record. We wanted to give it a try once again and have drawn fresh blood.” The result was an incredible chart entry in Germany on position #78 and proved that hell’s still alive. In spring 2023, Mystic Circle will release the follow-up album called “Erzdämon” and also announced vinyl re-issues of their old classics, starting with their milestone “Drachenblut”.
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