CD review MERCURY CIRCLE ‘The Dawn of Vitriol’

Days getting shorter again and although summerly high temperature makes you sweat night and day, remedy is on its way. There is a cooler breeze from the North, that might help to cool down and prepares for the coming autumn season.

Provider of this sonic breeze is Mercury Circle from Finland. Mercury Circle is the brainchild of Jaani Peuhu, known from e.g. Swallow The Sun. Next to being a musicians, Peuhu is also a two times Finnish Grammy nominated producer and worked together with various Finnish bands – in Pop and Metal.

Mercury Circle is the outlet for some darker song ideas that could be described as Dark Metal. Basically it is a symbiosis of strong synth- and electro waves and bigger soundscapes, being the centerpiece. The atmosphere is in focus of what Mercury Circle brings to the plate, rather than the heavy riffs. Melancholy and darkness, these are the overarching emotional triggers on ‘The Dawn of Vitriol’, with melodies being a basic element of each of the five songs. Sometimes, like in ‘The Beauty of Agony’, outburst act as a well-placed break that pushes you out of the dark lethargy, contrasts being needed to break the general pattern. Since tempo is kept slow, the band talks about New Doom, an attribute that works for the mentioned ’The Beauty of Agony’.

‘The Dawn of Vitriol’ has a running time of 32 minutes, which isn’t specifically long and still tires out a bit. Although well-crafted, it’s the peaks and thrills that are missing to a certain extent. The songs are slowly entering your acoustic meatus, but they stay just for a little while. Maybe things look different during grey autumn days and dark winter nights. ‘The Dawn of Vitriol’, an album for sunray-avoiders.

Rating: 7 out of 10.


  1. Oil of Vitriol
  2. The Beauty of Agony
  3. Black Flags
  4. The Last Fall
  5. New Dawn

Label: Noble Demon Records

Genre: Dark Rock

Release Date EU: August 14th, 2020



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