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Circus Maximus


Progressive Metal

3.75 | 205 ratings

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2 stars Circus Maximus - Isolate 2.0 stars

This was a pretty bad album and is even worse when compared to Circus Maximus' very strong debut album. It seemed to me that their heavily influence music is what made them strong and they weren't mature enough to let it go. The exceptional chorus work that brought the best out of the band was gone. Lasse Finbråten is the new keyboard player replacing Espen Storø; I have no confirmed sources as to why he left so I can't really go beyond here.

There is not a single track that is above par on this album. Even the traces of brilliance are too few to even name. Although nothing is above par, the songs do have structure to them; it's still composed carefully. The keyboard and guitar are also a lot more tame in this, which I think takes a little bit out of them as well. The guitarist and keyboardist are very talented but they didn't really go wild except for some moments in the first album and the fact that they do even less on this one was really disappointing.

I'm sorry for the short review but there is not much to talk about, this release was extremely bland and distasteful. I you are a big fan of Circus Maximus, you might like it. I wouldn't consider myself a fan and I found it to be quite poor. To me this is nothing but a collection of pretty poor tracks with few traces of exceptional moments.

ProgBagel | 2/5 |


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