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Review: Circle II Circle - Burden of Truth
Circle II Circle
Burden of Truth

Label: AFM Records
Year released: 2006
Duration: 49:51
Tracks: 11
Genre: Melodic Heavy Metal

Rating: 2.75/5

Review online: January 29, 2007
Reviewed by: 4th Horseman
Readers Rating
Burden of Truth

Rated 3.81/5 (76.25%) (16 Votes)

Circle II Circle has always been a shadow of the mighty Savatage and it's beginning to seem that Zak Stevens' link with the two bands does not necessarily help them. The problem is that one can't help but make Savatage comparisons or be reminded of them while listening to this. The only accurate way to compare the two bands though, would be to describe Circle II Circle as a neutered Savatage. No matter what the outcome, Zak and the boys just can't seem to crank out enough voltage and personality as they did with their better known posse.

Once again we have a letdown and this is strike number three. I'm not asking for a Savatage clone, but jeez – get some power or attitude in your music…please! This may be the best release to date from the band, but it's only a teaser for what they can really become. There's so much bloody talent on the menu here but Circle II Circle seem bent on wasting it. I don't understand why Zak believes that his vocals alone can carry a mediocre musical work. The band spends no time whatsoever building up the music and the vocals get crammed in the mix almost instantly.

Circle II Circle have slightly managed to up the quality this time around where they've spent a little more time (it would seem) putting the record together. The melodies are greatly improved and the songs are not as monotonous as they were on "Middle Of Nowhere". Most songs on "Burden Of Truth" are easily identifiable and a few here and there aren't exactly worth criticism. But that's really the best I could say about this album.

I wouldn't recommend this unless you enjoy melodic metal that is not intensive on the riffing or drums or any other instrument for that matter. The vocals and melodies are clearly what this band is trying to sell and if that is enough to get your appetites wet, then this should be worth your time. Everyone else can pass.

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