Following their critically acclaimed “The Dawn Of Vitriol” EP (2020), MERCURY CIRCLE have shared a brand new song from their upcoming and highly anticipated debut album, “Killing Moons”, which is slated for release on October 8, 2021 via Noble Demon!
Born as a brainchild in 2018 by ICONCRASH‘s and SWALLOW THE SUN’s Jaani Peuhu, and featuring members of CHILDREN OF BODOM, SLEEP OF MONSTERS & more, MERCURY CIRCLE create a diverse blend of dark rock infused with electrifying synth wave and slow, epic doom. On their upcoming full-length album, MERCURY CIRCLE unleash ten enthralling tracks, which differ wildly in expression and sonic aesthetics. “Killing Moons” is a deeply powerful and majestic piece of music – truly representing a genre of its own – and one that will take the listener on an all-absorbing trip into yet unimaginable spheres.
After the previously released first single, “You Open Up The Earth”, MERCURY CIRCLE have shared a brand new video clip for the goth rock opus “Black Mirrors“ today! Watch the video here:
“John Dee (13 July 1527 – 1608 or 1609) was an Anglo-Welsh mathematician, astronomer, astrologer, teacher, occultist, and alchemist. He was the court astronomer for, and advisor to, Elizabeth I, and spent much of his time on alchemy, divination and Hermetic philosophy,” band mastermind Jaani Peuhu reveals. “The lyrics for Black Mirrors are a mixture of matters of the heart and occultism. In the beginning we hear a prophecy from Nostradamus before plunging into a dark and delusional world – a place for the abandoned heart, where light is reflected from John Dee’s black mirror. Musically it’s more in vein of goth rock than doom metal. When writing the song I envisioned how Queen with a goth rock twist would sound. I’m a fan of big choruses and 80’s goth beats. Add a little bit of spiderwebs and whispers in French and you’re good to go!“
The Gates Wide Open
You Open Up The Earth
Call On The Dark
“Killing Moons” will be coming out on October 8th through Noble Demon and is now available for pre-order HERE
In support of their upcoming album, slated for a release in the Fall of 2021 on Noble Demon, Finland’s “New Doom” – collective MERCURY CIRCLE has unleashed a brand new video clip for the track “You Open Up The Earth”!
Labeled as “a band you need to watch out for in 2021″, by Metal Hammer UK, and featuring members of Swallow The Sun and Children Of Bodom, Mercury Circle is creating a diverse offering of atmospheric and dark music where the songs differ wildly in expression and sonic aesthetics. Dark metal infused soundscapes with powerful synth and electro waves are the breeding ground for a unique journey filled with painful departures to new beginnings, a spectacle in which hope and promises echoing loss and regret.
Following their latest, critically acclaimed EP “The Dawn Of Vitriol” ( August 14th, Noble Demon / The Vinyl Division), Mercury Circle is about to get ready for the release of their highly anticipated debut studio album, due out in September via powerhouse label Noble Demon. To shorten your wait for Mercury Circle‘s first full- length, the band has just released a first and enthralling album single, one that will most likely leave you with a hunger for more! Watch the epic, new music video for “You Open Up The Earth” here:
“This song is a reflection of how things take seat in our lives uninvitedly and change our fate forever“, the band explains and continues: “Especially during these times of incredible adversity we hope to give a voice to the feelings those situations elicit while they oftentimes leave us speechless.”
With a versatile arrangement of sounds, and a message that couldn’t have been more fitting in these days, it almost seems as if it’s no surprise that this track has become the first harbinger to the album, as founder and mastermind Jaani Peuhu reveals:
“At a pretty early stage in the writing process I started feeling that You Open Up The Earth had to be the opening single of the album. Not only made the message of the song sense considering the state the world has been in for more than a year now, but it also seemed like a good introduction to the record: Combining heavy, dark and melodic elements with a little piece of our unearthly atmosphere and a big chorus. We had more than 20 songs to choose from for the album and most of the tracks were about to be dropped from the record at some point, but this one felt like an important piece of our debut the whole time since I wrote it.”
He continues: “There was a funny situation during the recordings of You Open Up The Earth when I was working on the string arrangements and realized that we need violins to compliment Teemu Mastovaara’s super cool cellos. I mentioned it in our band chat and then our guitar player Jussi casually answered that he could play them… Although he hadn’t played in years he recorded the most beautiful violin tracks for this special song. My bandmates keep on surprising me with their talent! We have this mentality that everybody can do everything and there are no bad ideas. We try out every idea and even if it doesn’t work it might lead us to something that actually does and sounds amazing. We don’t want to play safe. Been there, done that. Never again. Not with this band.“
Pre-save “You Open Up The Earth” to the library of your preferred streaming service or add it to your favorite playlist RIGHT HERE
Following their critically acclaimed debut EP “The Dawn Of Vitriol“, released on August 14th via Noble Demon, today MERCURY CIRCLE unleashed a brand new video for the track “Our Funeral (Like Xmas)” (get the single HERE), a song exclusively featured on “Noble Demonic Metal – Chapter 1“, a brand new label sampler by Noble Demon, celebrating its first anniversary (available HERE)!
Labeled as “a band you need to watch out for in 2021″, by Metal Hammer UK, and featuring members of Swallow The Sun and Children Of Bodom, MERCURY CIRCLE is creating a diverse offering of atmospheric and dark music where the songs differ wildly in expression and sonic aesthetics, establishing their very own kind of “New Doom”. While the band is working on their upcoming full length record right now (to be released in early 2021), they felt the need to take a break from the album sessions and to release something different, as Jaani Peuhu explains:
“Although I’m not a fan of Xmas songs, I found myself with the perfect opportunity to write one in the midst of everything going on in the world today. In parts, 2020 felt almost apocalyptic. Sadly, Christmas is the busiest day of the year for police, ambulances and paramedics in Finland and I’m afraid that this year might break all the records of domestic violence and suicide cases because of the pandemic. But since 2020 has already turned so much on its head, there’s hoping this year’s outlook on the holidays could prove me positively wrong. Compared to the heavy and dark sound of upcoming debut album, “Our Funeral (Like Xmas)” is the most uplifting song we have ever created. We wanted to take a groovier and happier approach to the music while the lyrics stayed on the gloomier side. We hope you enjoy it!
Happy Holidays! – Jaani, Jussi, Ande, Jaska and Juppe“
Watch the video for “Our Funeral (Like Xmas)” here:
“Our Funeral (Like Xmas)” is exclusively featured on “Noble Demonic Metal – Chapter 1“, the brand new label sampler by Noble Demon, celebrating its first anniversary!
In probably the most darkest year in the history of music business, the new and dedicated record label for all that is heavy has proven that they came to stay. in its first year of existence. Surprising the metal world with a first sign of life of Finnish melancholic metal band DAWN OF SOLACE (fronted by Wolfheart-phenom Tuomas Saukkonen) after almost 14 years, Noble Demon has released the first single of the following album WAVES in November 2019.
The German label specializing in heavy rock and metal continued to show its variety of taste and an ever growing, eclectic artist roster with constantly new signings in the genres of Death Metal, Thrash Metal, Doom Metal, Heavy Rock, Black Metal, Heavy Metal, Progressive Metal, Sludge, Modern Melodic Metal up to Melancholic Metal and Darkwave. New top notch studio albums saw the light of day by artists from all over the world such as Kaunis Kuolematon, Mercury Circle, Jaded Star, Gomorra, Night Crowned, Humavoid, No Raza, Tulkas, Red Moon Architect, The Vice, S.O.R.M and Plaguestorm.
Critically acclaimed by both fans and the press, the label is convinced that it’s heading in the right direction and will surprise the scene with many more upcoming, outstanding releases in 2021 which will also include several brand new signings to the already exquisite roster!
To celebrate its first birthday together with their growing and loyal fanbase, Noble Demon has just released an exciting label compilation on December 18th to end the year in sinister style.
“Noble Demonic Metal – Chapter 1” is showcasing the decent variety of metal styles the label is currently covering uniting the Noble Demon roster family under their black X-mas tree. Cover artwork is contributed by renowned designer Gyula Havancsák (Accept, Sabaton, Ensiferum, Grave Digger, Wintersun, Annihilator and many more) who‘s also responsible for the Noble Demon label logo and Gomorra’s album cover artwork.
Tracklist: 1. Dawn of Solace – Lead Wings 2. Night Crowned – Reborn 3. No Raza – Sail In Rot 4. Gomorra – Gomorra 5. The Vice – To Each His Own 6. Mercury Circle – The Beauty Of Agony 7. Humavoid – Aluminum Rain 8. Tulkas – OGC 9. Red Moon Architect – Rise 10. Jaded Star – Female Fronted 11. Kaunis Kuolematon – Kylmä Maa 12. S.O.R.M – Gypsy Queen (re-recorded) 13. Plaguestorm – Fire Within 14. Dawn of Solace – Numb (Live Cabin Version) 15. No Raza – Reborn 16. Gomorra – Hope For The Righteous 17. The Vice – White Teeth Rebellion 18. Humavoid – Lidless 19. Tulkas – The Beginning Of The end 20. Red Moon Architect – Dethrone The Darkness 21. Jaded Star – A Pain All Mine 22. Kaunis Kuolematon – Hautajaiset 23. S.O.R.M – House Of The Rising Sun 24. Plaguestorm – The Bringers Of Death 25. Mercury Circle – Our Funeral (Like Xmas)
Noble Demon would like to thank all their artists, partners, fans and friends for their support and trust and is wishing everyone a healthy and relaxed year’s end and a successful and more joyful 2021!
Founding member and drummer of extreme metal icons CHILDREN OF BODOM, Jaska Raatikainen, has announced to join MERCURY CIRCLE, the brand new project by by Iconcrash’s and Swallow the Sun’s Jaani Peuhu. Being around with CHILDREN OF BODOM for remarkable twenty six years and touring the globe ever since, the band’s enthralling mix of melodic hooks and instrumental acrobatics have solidified them as one of the leading voices of music’s new generation. It has been hard for Jaska Raatikainento make any strict musical future plans since quitting COB in 2019, but all of this changed when he heard the demos by Peuhu.
“After hearing the demo tracks from the upcoming debut album I thought it would be stupid not to join this band. The music was something I hadn’t heard for a long time. Dark, emotional, epic elements and big choruses. I am truly excited for the opportunity to be part of this. I know it is a long way to the top but with these guys I feel honoured and ready to do it again.”
CHILDREN OF BODOM is one of Finland’s most successful bands, whose name has its roots in perhaps the most famous murder mystery in the Finnish country. The band managed to release ten studio albums and reached numerous fans around the world with their technical death metal. CHILDREN OF BODOM‘s last performance was at the Helsinki Ice Hall on December 15, 2019.
Raatikainen‘s new musical adventure, MERCURY CIRCLE, just unleashed their well received brand new debut EP, titled “The Dawn Of Vitriol”, on August 14th via Noble Demon and The Vinyl Division. Born as a brainchild in 2018 by two times Finnish grammy award nominated producer, songwriter and musician Jaani Peuhu,MERCURY CIRCLE is creating a diverse offering of atmospheric and darkly music where the songs differ wildly in expression and sonic aesthetics, establishing their very own kind of “New Doom”.
Already working on their first full length record for early 2021, the final words belong to Jaska Raatikainen:
“The Dawn Of Vitriol” is out now on Noble Demon and The Vinyl Division and available to purchase at THIS LOCATION
“The Dawn Of Vitriol”:
Oil Of Vitriol
The Beauty Of Agony
The Last Fall
MERCURY CIRCLE are: Jaani Peuhu – Vocals, Guitars, Synths (Iconcrash, Swallow the Sun, Hallatar) Jussi Hämäläinen – Guitars, Synths, Backing vocals (Hanging Garden, The Chant) Juppe Sutela – Guitars (To/Die/For) Ande Kiiski – Bass (Sleep of Monsters, Rytmihäiriö) Jaska Raatikainen – Drums (Children of Bodom)
MERCURY CIRCLE have unleashed their stunning brand new debut EP, titled “The Dawn Of Vitriol”, via Noble Demon and The Vinyl Division. Born as a brainchild in 2018 by Iconcrash’s and Swallow the Sun’s Jaani Peuhu, MERCURY CIRCLE offers dark rock infused with electrifying synth wave and epic doom soundscapes. Truly a genre of its own, establishing their very own kind of “New Doom”.
In support of their brand new output, the band from Helsinki, Finland, just shared a touching and mesmerizing music video for the track “New Dawn”.
Jaani Peuhu says about the song:
“When we started talking about releasing an EP before the album I wanted to keep it separate from the album process. I didn’t want to touch any of the 20 songs I wrote for it even though I knew that we would have to drop half of them from the record. I instantly remembered this track that I wrote years ago, but it always felt too dark and emotionally too heavy for the albums I’d recorded before so I kept it waiting for its real purpose. We were on the North American tour with Swallow the Sun while I was working with this version, so I asked my friend Francesco Lucidi to record drums for it in London and to send me the files so I could download them as soon as I would find a good-enough wifi from one of the venues. The MC guys recorded guitars and basses in Helsinki and sent them to me too. When I got home I just updated some of the vocals, finished the mix and sent the song for mastering. There is something heartbreaking in this song and I used as many of the demo vocals I could to make sure the feeling of the song would not change in this updated version.“
Furthermore the band comments about their debut:
“We’re extremely proud to have our first EP released. We started working on these songs over two years ago and we found common ground right from the start. We’ve evolved from project to a real band and we’re ready to start the next cycle that will complete Mercury Circle. This is the start of new doom!“
Already working on their first full length record for early 2021, “The Dawn Of Vitriol” is offering a fantastic preview and an impressive first glimpse of what’s to follow. Out NOW on Noble Demon (Digital) and The Vinyl Division (Vinyl + Digipack CD), “The Dawn Of Vitriol” is available to purchase at THIS LOCATION
(C) Photo by: Raisa Krogerus & Digital retouch: Danna
MERCURY CIRCLE, the brand new project by ICONCRASH’s and SWALLOW THE SUN’s, two times Finnish Grammy nominated Jaani Peuhu, will release their hotly anticipated debut on August 14th via Noble Demon and The Vinyl Division. Today the band from Helsinki, Finland, unleashed a first promising appetizer of what to expect from their upcoming EP, “The Dawn of Vitriol”, with the premiere of a brand new music clip!
Dark metal infused with powerful synth/electro waves and doom – MERCURY CIRCLE is creating a diverse offering of atmospheric and darkly music where the songs differ wildly in expression and sonic aesthetics. Truly a genre of its own, grabbing the listener’s attention while establishing their very own kind of “New Doom”.
But listen for yourself and enjoy some top notch Finnish melancholy while watching the brand new cinematic and stirring music video for “The Beauty Of Agony”, streaming here:
Jaani Peuhu about the song:”This was one of the first songs I wrote for MC, so we thought it would also be a good introduction to the world of Mercury Circle. Actually, the very first songs were closer to a kind of funeral doom style, but with this one I took a step back and jumped off that wagon and started to follow my heart with the instrumentation and arrangement. I ended up combining elements from 80’s goth and world music with doom influences. I remember how I felt nervous about the mixture and to me it is always a sign that I am doing something right. I want this band to sound fresh and original and aim for our own sound. This is New Doom.“
“The Dawn of Vitriol” will be coming out August 14th on Noble Demon (Digital) and The Vinyl Division (Vinyl + Digipack CD) and on the official landing – page you can already NOW give permission to have a release saved to your library or added to your playlist as soon as it is out. So no need to embark your calender anymore! You will also find the music video streaming and links to physical retailers at THIS LOCATION
01. Oil Of Vitriol
02. The Beauty Of Agony
03. Black Flags
04. The Last Fall
05. New Dawn
MERCURY CIRCLE are: Jaani Peuhu – Vocals, Guitars, Synths (Iconcrash, Swallow the Sun, Hallatar)
Jussi Hämäläinen – Guitars, Synths, Backing vocals (Hanging Garden, The Chant)
Juppe Sutela. – Guitars (To/Die/For)
Ande Kiiski – Bass (Sleep of Monsters, Rytmihäiriö)
Juuso Raatikainen- Drums (Swallow the Sun)