Love these guys, but every albums has certain flaws. Probably they release everything they record, though for the most part the material is good.
I love Leviatan, the new one. Of the older records, Hissi is probably my favourite. Sunrise and Panic are also played often.
re: loose, hazy, jammy stuff (that I tend to gravitate towards as it gets really hot in the summer), I'm revisiting and greatly enjoying Tyrant and the Sunburned Circle album (Circle + Sunburned Hand of the Man). As for favourites, I will tentatively name Sunrise the quintessential Circle album.
Telescope is the best one, long hazy jams is Circle's strongest point. Serpent is the best rock circus and Prospekt is the best old style Circle album. I generally like the live albums more, the studio albums feel more calculated which doesn't suit the band.
What are your favourite Circle albums and why? I've sort of come to these guys having exhausted the Pharaoh Overlord discography (I did see Circle a few years back, but I didn't really get into their records back then). I feel like I have a lot to discover... Of the 9 I've listened to so far Taantumus is probably my favourite. It's that hypnotic repetition...
After mostly listening to their more recent material for some time, I'm returning to the mystical hypno-trips of Pori/Prospekt/Andexelt/Taantumus. Probably the most satisfying period in their catalogue.