Artist: Circle II Circle
Will Fall' is the new album from US Metallers Circle II Circle and sees
the return full time of vocalist Zak Stevens, who along with Mitch
Stewart (bass), Christian Wentz (guitar), Bill Hudson (guitar), Henning
Wanner (keyboards) and Adam Sagan (drums), bring together the fusion of
Hard Rock and Heavy Metal that has become the sound of Circle II Circle
over their previous five albums.
this album number six the band have taken Stevens vocals might to
another level in what has to be the bands finest album to date.
the opener ‘Diamond Blade’,
the fusion of great melody and rich guitars is felt from the off, with
Steven’s ever dominant vocals delivering what we expect from the ex-Savatage
frontman, with the twin guitars of Hudson and Wentz bringing that metal
album continues with the impressive hard hitting ‘Without A Sound’
and the riff laden ‘Killing Death’, before the epic ‘Epiphany’
just coming in at under nine minutes long. This one takes me back
to the classic Savatage sound, the keys, the big bass lines, the
towering licks and a massive power driven vocal, it's all here.
back the Hard Rock / Metal mix once more with the stunning ‘End Of
Emotion’. The haunting melodies of Stevens once again blend
perfectly with the more meaty metal edged guitars, before the guitars
really take over with the all out Melodic Metal of ‘Dreams That Never
tempo is brought right down again with the gentler intro into the title
track ‘Season Will Fall’. I say the gentler intro because the
track really ignites into a power-driven mix of heady bass and double
kick drums, interlaced with a grungier metal guitar, all capped by the
unmistakable might of Stevens vocals.
pedal to the Metal is brought back kicking and screaming big style with
‘Never Gonna Stop’ and the stomping ‘Isolation’, the latter
having an old school Black Sabbath feel about it.
ever there was such a thing as a Metal Ballad then ‘Sweet Despair’
is it, then it's all guns blazing once more with the more traditional
Metal of ‘Downshot’, before the album closes with the magnificent
‘Only Yesterday’. Another song that has that Savatage feel
about it. A gentle keyboard and vocal start that just builds and
builds into a cacophony of melodic guitars, powerful vocals and
keyboards, and wraps up a great album that once again shows that Circle
II Circle are a name to be reckoned with in world of Metal once more.
Review by: Barry McMinn
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