CIRCLE OF OUROBORUS

Atmospheric Black Metal / Black Metal / Non-Metal / Metal Related • Finland
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Circle of Ouroborus, consisting of two members (Antti Klemi and Rauta), is an experimental black metal band from Finland that was formed in 2004, the year when they also released their first demo ”Introitus”. Two years after they received more publicity when the split with Urfaust, ”Auerauege Raa Verduistering”, was released, and that year also the first full-length album ”Shores” saw daylight.

Since then, Circle of Ouroborus has been really prolific, releasing plenty of new material each year. Some releases are limited to as small number of copies as 50, or 100, but there is also a couple of full-length albums that have wider distribution. The ”Celebration of Nothingness” demo and the totally acoustic ”Veneration” LP are considered to be private releases in spite of their appearance in their discographies on various websites.

Throughout its career, the band has released diverse and very experimental music when compared to traditional black metal standards.
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CIRCLE OF OUROBORUS Shores album cover 1.42 | 2 ratings
Shores
Atmospheric Black Metal 2006
CIRCLE OF OUROBORUS Streams album cover 2.00 | 1 ratings
Streams
Black Metal 2007
CIRCLE OF OUROBORUS Veneration album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Veneration
Non-Metal 2007
CIRCLE OF OUROBORUS Islands album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Islands
Atmospheric Black Metal 2009
CIRCLE OF OUROBORUS Tree of Knowledge album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Tree of Knowledge
Atmospheric Black Metal 2009
CIRCLE OF OUROBORUS Hiljaiset Sanat album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Hiljaiset Sanat
Non-Metal 2010
CIRCLE OF OUROBORUS Cast to the Pits album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Cast to the Pits
Non-Metal 2010
CIRCLE OF OUROBORUS Unituli album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Unituli
Atmospheric Black Metal 2010
CIRCLE OF OUROBORUS Eleven Fingers album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Eleven Fingers
Atmospheric Black Metal 2011
CIRCLE OF OUROBORUS The Lost Entrance of the Just album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Lost Entrance of the Just
Atmospheric Black Metal 2012
CIRCLE OF OUROBORUS Abrahadabra album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Abrahadabra
Metal Related 2012
CIRCLE OF OUROBORUS The Final Egg album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Final Egg
Atmospheric Black Metal 2013
CIRCLE OF OUROBORUS Kuuhun kahlittu album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Kuuhun kahlittu
Atmospheric Black Metal 2014
CIRCLE OF OUROBORUS Alttarimyllyt album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Alttarimyllyt
Atmospheric Black Metal 2015
CIRCLE OF OUROBORUS Kotiinpaluu album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Kotiinpaluu
Non-Metal 2016
CIRCLE OF OUROBORUS Ruumistähdet album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Ruumistähdet
Atmospheric Black Metal 2017

CIRCLE OF OUROBORUS EPs & splits

CIRCLE OF OUROBORUS The Knives Beneath album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Knives Beneath
Black Metal 2006
CIRCLE OF OUROBORUS Auerauege Raa Verduistering album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Auerauege Raa Verduistering
Atmospheric Black Metal 2006
CIRCLE OF OUROBORUS Can You See the Fire? album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Can You See the Fire?
Black Metal 2007
CIRCLE OF OUROBORUS Golden Blood album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Golden Blood
Metal Related 2008
CIRCLE OF OUROBORUS Tongue Carvings album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Tongue Carvings
Black Metal 2009
CIRCLE OF OUROBORUS IPSOS album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
IPSOS
Metal Related 2009
CIRCLE OF OUROBORUS Circle of Ouroborus / Roman Cross album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Circle of Ouroborus / Roman Cross
Black Metal 2010
CIRCLE OF OUROBORUS Ruins of Resurrection album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Ruins of Resurrection
Atmospheric Black Metal 2010
CIRCLE OF OUROBORUS MatterEther album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
MatterEther
Atmospheric Black Metal 2010
CIRCLE OF OUROBORUS Moonflares album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Moonflares
Atmospheric Black Metal 2011

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CIRCLE OF OUROBORUS demos, promos, fans club and other releases (no bootlegs)

CIRCLE OF OUROBORUS Introitus album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Introitus
Black Metal 2004
CIRCLE OF OUROBORUS Star/Rise album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Star/Rise
Black Metal 2006
CIRCLE OF OUROBORUS Night Radiance album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Night Radiance
Atmospheric Black Metal 2007
CIRCLE OF OUROBORUS Maailma Kohoaa album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Maailma Kohoaa
Black Metal 2008
CIRCLE OF OUROBORUS Avain ja Veitsi album cover 4.00 | 1 ratings
Avain ja Veitsi
Black Metal 2009
CIRCLE OF OUROBORUS Maailma Uppoaaaa album cover 4.00 | 1 ratings
Maailma Uppoaaaa
Atmospheric Black Metal 2010
CIRCLE OF OUROBORUS Night Radiance pt. 2 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Night Radiance pt. 2
Black Metal 2010
CIRCLE OF OUROBORUS Night Radiance pt. 3 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Night Radiance pt. 3
Black Metal 2010

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CIRCLE OF OUROBORUS Old Ghosts album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Old Ghosts
Atmospheric Black Metal 2009

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CIRCLE OF OUROBORUS Shores

Album · 2006 · Atmospheric Black Metal
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Here we have Circle of Ouroborus' 'Shores' album. It's so rare and unheard of that is has to be great right? Right?! Wrong! This is a really bad black metal album.

I've heard in some places that this album has some post-punk influences added to the standard depressive black metal that they play. Except for the cover song, I really don't see it. I've listened to tall the songs here, and the main though I had on my mind concerning the music was "Didn't I already hear Mütiilation do this years ago with 'Vampires of Black Imperial Blood' or 'Remains of a Ruined, Dead, Cursed Soul'?" That's all the music really is: raw black metal with piss-poor production and a difficult to determine note scale. There's nothing really special going for it. Of course, this time around, instead of two French dudes, it's two Finnish dudes. Listen to "Nothingness" for a second and try to tell me that it didn't come from Mütiilation.

The vocals are a big difference from Mütiilation though, but it's one of the bigger reasons why this album is terrible. People for some reason like the apathetic vocal tone on this album; but it seriously sounds like the mix of a goat attempting to mimic human dialogue, and the ramblings of a very old Finnish lady from a small house out on the Finnish countryside. The vocals are what really slammed this album down the hardest. Hearing the singer recite certain lines, especially the refrains of the first two songs, made me want to hit myself in the head with a baseball bat seven or eight times. They were really unpleasant to listen to throughout, and I feel like this review's score would be much higher if the album was actually instrumental.

"Invocation" is probably the best song of the batch here just with the hints of harsh vocals and half-decent guitar lead, but it's not at all capable of damming up the flood of suck coming from this album.

If you're depressed, listen to depressive black metal sounds like a bad idea; because if it's shitty, like this album, it might actually make your condition worse. If you're not depressed, be wary of depressive black metal; because it it's shitty, like this album, you might start really hating life. Stay away from these shores.

CIRCLE OF OUROBORUS Avain ja Veitsi

Demo · 2009 · Black Metal
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Vehemency
On Avain ja Veitsi (Finnish for ”Key and Knife”), Circle of Ouroborus’ approach is almost rocking. This tape provides three tracks of dreamy and hardly metalish music, something utterly odd - but in all its psychedelic weirdness, something really beautiful.

Unlike the previously reviewed Maailma Uppoaaaa, Avain ja Veitsi is more straightforward with choruses and simple structures. Klemi sings in Finnish which helps to make it sound more emotional and personal, the only negative side being that foreign people are missing a lot when they can’t dwell in the very symbolic and occult lyrics that Circle of Ouroborus once again provides. While there seems to always be a droning guitar or synth buzz in the background, lead melodies are apparent on the surface (most perfectly done in ”Punaisen Viivan Päässä”), topped by clean singing which is quite high in the mix and the usual low fidelity drums.

Throughout its 16-minute running time, Avain ja Veitsi is a pleasant experience in which interesting and weird melodies are present in every corner. Lately, Kuunpalvelus re-released this rather rare tape on CD so it’s again more widely available - and I might get the CD version just to ensure that if I wear out my tape due to extensive playing, I have an official back-up version of it.

CIRCLE OF OUROBORUS Maailma Uppoaaaa

Demo · 2010 · Atmospheric Black Metal
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Oh, how glad I am that I managed to pick this up when it was released as it seemed to sell out in a matter of days and still never appearing in any download blogs. Maailma Uppoaaaa (Finnish for ”The World Sinks” with some additional ’a’ characters, possibly to emphasize the dramatical aspect, who knows) is a 19-minute follow-up to Maailma Kohoaa (”The World Ascends”), so the music is again heavily focused on ambient and psychedelic atmosphere overall, just like its predecessor.

Maailma Uppoaaaa has just one, long track in which the actual black metal(ish) material doesn’t start until eight minutes or so, after Klemi’s cryptic and symbolic lyrics that are being proclaimed with some interesting ambient material in the background - the same flute melodies can be heard on Hiljaiset Sanat which was released on the same day as this tape.

Once the kind-of-intro is finished, Circle of Ouroborus delivers a very sweet piece of ’dreamy metal ambience’ as the band seems to often call it - and I couldn’t categorize it better. Once again Circle of Ouroborus manages to come up with unique guitar melodies (somewhere between melancholy and totally psychedelic weirdness), wailing, clean and surprisingly in-key singing this time and bombastic, reverb-filled drums as usual. After the drums disappear, Maailma Uppoaaa falls back in to the ambient territories, in a rather same way as the song started, but now also with a tremolo-fired, soothing guitar track in the background.

The result of this all is a great composition of something that hasn’t been done before, and the band has again succeeded in creating something utterly weird yet beautiful. In the high standards of which Circle of Ouroborus is known in my books, I can, however, say that Maailma Uppoaaa is not the best offering by the band, but a great addition to anyone’s collection if they are willing to hear something different - that is, if you manage to find this anywhere, let’s hope for a re-release with Maailma Kohoaa.

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