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Soniq Circus


Heavy Prog

3.05 | 18 ratings

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3 stars I began listening to Soniq Circus fairly recently as a part of my preparation for the annual Slottskogen Goes Progressive festival in Gothenburg, Sweden. Their debut album was available on Spotify and I gave it a few spins before taking my cross country trip to our western capital. My initial reaction was that this was a pretty forgettable record that featured a district prog sound but lacked any sense of originality. This is something that I feel that many of the modern Swedish prog bands are unfortunately being accustomed to, with the Flower Kings being the prime example of that.

The first track to actually receive some of my attention was Bright Future, which features memorable keyboard work and dual vocals from Calle Lennartsson and Marcus Enochsson. The composition does lose some of it's momentum halfway through the track due to a sudden shift in direction but eventually returns to it's humble beginnings towards the end. Revolution is memorable for it's surprisingly strong melody and Genesis inspired interludes, but there is something that holds me back from completely enjoying the performance. Maybe it's the poor production quality or the general direction of the composition that doesn't try to avoid the standard song build up?

This is when we're finally introduced to the album's most eclectic performances with both The Idiot and especially Chain Of Consequences finally showing that Soniq Circus has an identity of their own. Unfortunately, this realizations a bit late on the album. Even if I really enjoy these two compositions, it's just not enough to make this record anything more than a pleasant but somewhat forgettable experience that gives us an indication of a band breaking out of their shell.

**** star songs: Bright Future (8:26) Revolution (5:10) An Idiot (8:23) Chain Of Consequences (8:58)

*** star songs: Overture (3:14) Welcome (4:44) Colliding Stars (8:47)

Rune2000 | 3/5 |


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