Germany’s THE CIRCLE set release date for new AOP RECORDS album, reveal first track


Today, AOP Records announces August 18th as the international release date for the highly anticipated second album of Germany’s THE CIRCLE, “Of Awakening,” on CD and vinyl LP formats. To coincide with the announcement, the first single “Ashes and Fading Tides” is revealed HERE at AOP Records‘ official YouTube channel.

Risen from the ruins, created by the fierce tides, THE CIRCLE hail you to the realm of the blackened sun with the upcoming full-length concept album entitled “Of Awakening.” With their second creation, the three-piece – founded in 2021, based around vocalist Asim Searah (ex-WINTERSUN) – takes you on a voyage through the facets of egoism, devastation, self-hatred, and reflection and the results of destructive behavior that lead to a higher level of self-actualization.

Emphasized by a blend of aggression and disharmony, yet captivating the listener in a sorrowful and haunting atmosphere, the five compositions of “Of Awakening” take the audience into a sound of ambient black/doom metal combined with progressive and symphonic elements which THE CIRCLE describes as “Art Metal.” The highest aim of this album is to open up the uncovered horizons of personal philosophy and launch a cathartic process in the inner self of every listener. 

Tracklisting for The Circle (Germany)’s Of Awakening
1. Ruins, My Dying World [8:26]
2. Of Awakening [6:11]
3. Afflux [4:01] 
4. Reign of the Black Sun [9:08]
5. Ashes and Fading Tides [5:32]