|Review: Fourth Circle - Elements|
Label: DarkTunes Music Group
Year released: 2016
Genre: Gothic Metal
Review online: April 9, 2017
Reviewed by: MetalMike
Rated 2/5 (40%) (1 Vote)
Fourth Circle is a French band throwing their hat in the Gothic/Symphonic ring alongside the likes of Epica, Delain and Leaves' Eyes. Led by singer Audrey Adornato, who handles both the "beauty" and the "beast" vocals (perhaps "Jekyll and Hyde" would be more apt) and backed up by four solid musicians, Elements is the band's second full-length album. There's nothing here that you haven't heard before and Adornato has a very dry delivery that lacks warmth, leaving Elements with a sound that is rather artificial, not as emotional as you would want from a Gothic/Symphonic release. Fourth Circle start to warm up towards the end of Elements and tracks like "Seducing" and "Sleepless Son" are a cut above the rest but coming at the end of over an hour of music, the payoff is slight based on the investment in time. Fourth Circle is solid but missing some of the more crucial elements needed to join the top tier of Gothic/Symphonic bands.
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