Occult-themed synth-doom collective Circle of Sighs comes wrapped in a veil of mystery. Their anonymity is by design. In today’s age of hyper-information, the group prefers that the music takes the forefront. Thus, dear reader, you will not be getting soundbites. All we can offer is some vital information and a bit of history.
Their work began in 2018, as rough demo recordings were hewn by clandestine shamans and cosmonauts on a sub-rosa mission to merge the celestial and the terrestrial. The result of their effort was Salo, an album of existential heaviness that pitted synthesis against nature: Digital beats, down-tuned riffs, harsh keyboards, and warm tube amps. Their genre-bending and -blending dredges the uncanny valley to cull a sound both strange and familiar.
"One of the more promising and intriguing acts to appear on the doom metal scene in the last few years. The sound and style of the music is almost completely perfected and there’s little, if anything, that can be brought up in terms of criticism for this record.” - DISTORTED SOUND MAG
“Salo is packed with fun, mystery, adventurousness, and an extremely fluid narrative. There are no gaps in the quality, and no cracks in its resolve. There is just one relentless stream of intelligent musical ideas that do not subside, but only continue to astound until the very last moment.” - EVERYTHING IS NOISE
"Out of the ordinary. The melodies are sinister and menacing, the vocals wailing, and the heavy rhythms potent enough to put you into a full-body lurch" - NO CLEAN SINGING
"Even in a seemingly unending sea of all things stoner / psychedelic / doom, Salo succeeds in making its mark due to the sheer class and quality of the music on the 9-track offering. Epic, apocalyptic, and very much a fitting soundtrack to the year 2020." - METAL ASSAULT
“To describe the sound of Circle Of Sighs as somewhere between stoner, prog, and electronic wouldn’t even do justice to this slab of retro goodness. There are trippy vocals, chugging bass, blast beats, acoustic moments, sci-fi interludes. It’s a fantastic accompaniment to late nights, low lights, and good red wine.” - SLEEPING SHAMAN