This Boston act is part of the new wave of bands flying the flag high for epic doom-laden heavy metal that is obsessed with the timeless inspirations of fantasy, sorcery and wizardry. The group’s latest record, Departed Souls, is bolstered by the powerful pipes of Brendan Radigan. The group approaches their music from the same angle as many other bands that worship the slower side of Black Sabbath’s 1971 classic, Master of Reality, and does that well. It’s Radigan’s vocal power though that elevates Magic Circle to being a special act. Radigan has pipes that match those vintage Ozzy Osbourne performances to the point that when classic-metal pioneers Pagan Altar went on their latest tour, he was called upon to fill live vocal duties, stepping in to the giant shoes vacated in the wake of the 2015 death of their vocalist, Terry Jones.
Magic Circle plays at 8 p.m. on Friday, September 27 at Zebulon.
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