Tuesday, January 29, 2013

CIRCLE II CIRCLE: "Seasons Will Fall"

Rating: RRR
Label: Edel/ear-music 2013
Review by: Urban "Wally" Wallstrom

I'm not entirely sure what to say/type about the latest Circle II Circle effort? It leaves me slightly cold and untouched after 7-8 spins and that's never a good sign. Very ambitious work and they have clearly gone back to their roots after spending time at the alternative work shop. But I can't help finding "Seasons Will Fall" to be remarkable safe and at times close to predictible. I already know what's (a)waiting around the next corner and it's not always the great material with bombastic choirs and sing-a-long moments.

The former Savatage singer Zak Stevens - their strongest selling point this time as well as the centre of attention. The vocals are right on the money (most of the time) and this is clearly not the vicious blame attack at the Zak. The opening three tracks (Diamond Blade, Without a Sound, Killing Death) are the highlights along with "End Of Emotion" and "Only Yesterday". Lite progressive power metal with the special nod to traditional eighties hard rock.

The bottomline: There's no arguing with the depths of the grooves or the excellent riffing of Wentz/Hudson, but this is destined solely for already converted followers of the band. You're not going to end up completely disappointed or pleased for that matter. Neither great nor bad - right in the middle.

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