Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Circle Of Silence-The Rise Of Resistance

Massacre Records

Circle Of Silence, another traditional heavy metal/power metal band from Germany, offers up their fourth full-length album of their eight year career. Vocals, which are satisfying enough even if they are a hair too one-dimensional for their own good, come courtesy of Niklas Keim with guitarists Tobias Pfahl and Christian Sommerfeld providing riffs that bring to mind Ice Earth. Björn Boehm and Peter Suppinger (bass and drums respectively) round out the gang and, while there are no real weak links in Circle Of Silence, there's also nothing and no one who actively steps up to the plate. Born of bands like Iced Earth, Brainstorm, Mystic Prophecy, Sanctuary, Brainstorm and, to a lesser extent, Savatage  the 5 members of Circle Of Silence obviously appreciate these kinds of influences but, at least on their forth and latest album, they don't really do much to show such appreciation for the bands that came before them or, for that matter, they don't do anything to stand out. While the music is probably technically sound on paper Circle Of Silence doesn't really do anything that warrants excitement. In fact there's just so little energy to be found on this album that it's hard to resist the urge to hit the skip button. It's like someone let the air out their balloons and all we're left with is just a fizzling sound that nearly puts you to sleep! As harsh as that might sound (and believe me it killed me as I love this kind of traditional heavy metal/power metal mix) it's sadly all too true. Maybe they'll pull it all together for album number five (assuming they release an album number five) and maybe this was just a fluke bad album. Either way there's not much to recommend here so approach at your own risk.

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