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CD Circle II Circle Seasons Will Fall review

CIRCLE II CIRCLE

SEASONS WILL FALL

2013

 

METAL FOR ALL SEASONS?

 

Circle II Circle has always been a band that I’ve enjoyed, fronted by ex-Savatage vocalist Zak Stevens this one comes across a bit like what I’d expect Whitesnake to sound like were they more Metallic. From the opening riff-mayhem of ‘Diamond Blade’ to the slower more thoughtful moments like ‘Epiphany’ there’s a well-rounded album here that wouldn’t have gone unnoticed if it had been released in the mid-eighties.  

 


You have to credit Zak for some great vocals but if the album loses any momentum it’s on the slower numbers where we get into Jorn Lande solo territory, now that of course is not a bad thing, it’s just a question of volume and here the balance perhaps needed a few faster forays.

 


From the catchier tracks like ‘End of Emotion’ – nine minutes of great hard rock/metal which is probably my highlight, to the less inspiring “Downshot’ it’s  sadly a mixed bag. There are moments where you think it’s almost there – like the epic “Dreams That Never Die” which hitches itself to a great riff but somehow never fulfills the initial promise. And really that’s the story here that lack of killer spark and in part I blame the tempo – still listen to tracks like “Never Gonna Stop” or “End of Emotion” as you’ll glimpse what could have been.

 


In short after 2010’s ‘Consequence of power’ I was expecting a little more, maybe it will grow on me.

 

 

Mark Diggins

 

CIRCLE II CIRCLE SEASONS WILL FALL CD ALBUM REVIEW 2013