THE SATELLITE CIRCLE - The True Masters of the Doomy Destructive Stoner Riff and the Far Out Psychedelic Jam.
July 30 2001, the cd EP Way Beyond the Portal of the Bone White Rubber Sun was followed by the self entitled Satellite Circle album. It was recorded at the Second Home studio back in January of 2000, produced by legendary psych guru Douglas Knightbridge.
The nine tracks were a bit more complex than those found on the EP. The songs ranged from seventies styled heaviness and doomed out skynyrd grooves to loose psychedelic jamming. The trademark Satellite Circle loose-yet-tight feel is present all the way through the record, and the massive sound from the first release was still present in every detail.
The tunes were even heavier and more psyched out than those found on the Way Beyond the Portal of the Rubber Sun EP. Elements of far eastern music were been brought in, and it made the listening experience even more dynamic than before.
You Were Never the King was the opening track of the album. It starts out with a unison groove that shifts into full cosmic fuzz gear as the riffage starts for real. During the verses the band throttles back, delivering a spacey soundscape that makes a perfect platform for the haunting vocal performance.
The weird guitar sounds were made with a 1980 Gibson Firebrand 335 S, a 70s Traynor amp, a Marshall 4x12, Sovtek Big Muff fuzz, Electro Harmonix Zipper Envelope Follower and some unknown Italian Fuzz with sliders instead of regular knobs. The bass was an old Fender P through some seriously glowing vintage Ampeg tubes and a distorting 8x10 cabinet. The drums were a well beaten small Pearl kit, played by the most heavy handed drummer ever produced by northern Scandinavia.