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Circus Maximus


Progressive Metal

3.82 | 215 ratings

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4 stars This is the debut album of Circus Maximus, released in 2005. I like the aggressive (in a very good sense) composition and symphonic (or perhaps neo-classical) elements in this album.

There are two long track in this album, with off course a lot of progressive elements such as tempo changes. The title track '1st Chapter' is a 19-minute long composition, loaded with great guitar works both in riffs and solos. 'Glory to the Empire' is another long (10-minute) track. It has a nice intro with melodic theme played by acoustic guitar and keyboards. This track has strong symphonic flavor and great guitar solo.

'Biosfer' is my favorite track, which I think showcases the musicianship of the band. This is around 5 and half minute instrumental track, densely packed with outstanding works of guitar, drums, bass and keyboards. There are mood and tempo changes, even the nature of the song is heavy in the beginning, but a bit symphonic on the ending.

'Imperial Destruction' is a track that present in the US Edition (which I happen to have). It has a softer moment (sort of a nice hook) among the dominant heavy tone. Great guitar solo. Quite different track compared to the rest.

This is a good debut album. I think it is fair for a progressive metal band to have some influence from earlier prominent band of the same genre. In my opinion, the song writing of this band is excellent. Every member of the band has a great musicianship, but Mats Haugen guitar work really stands out. His solo in 'Alive' is very nice and melodic and one of my favorite moment in this album. In 'Biosfer' and 'Sin', the guitar riff and solo are so powerful yet beautiful. Recommended album for progressive metal fans.

Mark-P | 4/5 |


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