Kent, OH's Gold Circles unleashed Abuse the Magic in 2002. Opening with the droney "Cranberry Nothings," the rest of the album showcases the band as a force in the northeast Ohio scene. Rivaling the fierce intensity of fellow Ohioans Party of Helicopters, Gold Circles surprised many with this extremely diverse collection. Singer Steve Five leads the charge throughout, though Party of Helicopters' Joe Dennis provides vocals on "Walmart Raver" and "Quit." Bassist Josh Spainhoward and drummer Jason Tarulli are a solid rhythm section, but most of the spotlight shines on Five. On "All the Lost Things Go," the band embraces its heavy metal influences, while "Cruel" finds the band taking a punkier path. More surprising still is the classic rock sound of "Cherry/Strawberry (Yeah)." The band's decadence takes a break on the disc's slower, Hum-like songs before the sloppy, erratic mayhem returns. Florida's Copter Crash Records released the disc.
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