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3.22 | 18 ratings | 3 reviews | 11% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 1994

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. The Labyrinth (5:53)
2. Mirrors Song (8:46)
3. The Wayfarer (5:30)
4. Glance Towards The Sky (4:55)
5. Consciousness Hymn (4:08)
6. Symphonies Of Immortal Winds (6:04)
7. Welcome To The Moonlight Circus (11:27)

Total Time: 46:37

Line-up / Musicians

- Alexis 'The Jester' D'Este / vocals
- Alberto Masiero / drums
- Gil Teso / bass
- Nico Odorico / keyboards
- Paolo Viani / electric and acoustic guitars

Releases information

CD Music is Intelligence WMMS 037 (1994)

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BLACK JESTER Welcome to the Moonlight Circus ratings distribution

(18 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(11%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(22%)
Good, but non-essential (50%)
Collectors/fans only (17%)
Poor. Only for completionists (0%)

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Review by Cesar Inca
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator
3 stars Black Jester was an Italian band that created an attractive, refined sort of melodic prog-metal seasoned with some neo-prog elements: with a Malsteem-inspired lead guitarist, a Moore-meets-Kelly educated keyboardist and a well-oiled rhythm duo that felt equally capable to drive a heavy tempo and set a looser pace, the guarantee for a stylish instrumental foundation was solid, and indeed, it was realized in this album "Welcome to the Moonlight Circus". Lead singer Alexis D'Este combined Di'Anno and Fish, with all the magic and limitations implied from both sources. Before they definitely elaborated a powerful kind of prog-metal in their third and last release "The Divine Comedy", Black Jester solidified the sound originated in their debut "Diary of a Blind Angel" and took it to its mature level for the "Moonlight Circus" album. One minor flaw in this album is the formulaic sensation that comes to mind once you're getting closer to the last track: certain tempos are used recurrently in three or four tracks, but all in all, the fact is that the album's material is nice, tastefully arranged and it bears an effective dynamics proper in a prog metal context. The opener 'The Labyrinth' states an effective air of solemnity in the form of a mid-tempo rocker: the way that BJ takes advantage of the not too frantic pace in order to create a somber mood reminds me a bit of classic Queensr’che. 'Mirrors Song' lasts 8 ¾ minutes, which gives the band plenty of room to elaborate a sequence of various motifs through diverse tempos and moods - this track pretty much obeys the standards of prog metal. 'The Wayfarer' is a power ballad that sounds really like a metalized Marillion more than like your regular prog metal ballad. When the cover of Le Orme's early classic 'Sguardo Verso il Cielo' in the guise of 'Glance Towards the Sky', the power is let loose in all its glory: the song's essence is easily recognizable, but it is clear that the band has made quite an effort at arranging new ideas into it, especially in the instrumental sections. 'Consciousness Hymn' is a pompous multi-keyboard instrumental, very much a-la Wakeman with a bit of UK-era Jobson; the sound of winds that conclude this piece serve simultaneously as the starting point for 'Symphonies of Immortal Winds', arguably the catchiest rocker in the album, and again, in the crossroads of prog metal and neo. The namesake track occupies the album's last 11+ minutes. It evolves around three distinct sung sections, which are in turn introduced by particular instrumental passages - the circus-based coda provides a convenient dramatic flair to the track's overall mood. Not totally excellent, but almost, mostly a very good prog metal album with a featured room for melodic expansions: "Welcome to the Moonlight Circus" is likely to impress all prog metal heads who long to remember how the genre developed through the 90s in European areas.
Review by b_olariu
3 stars 3.5 for sure

Black Jester one of the unnoticed progressive metal bands from '90's from Italy with 3 solid album released across that decade, with great musicianship and some fantastic arrangements overall. Progressive metal with neo classical touch and aswell with that specific neo prog flavour of the early to mid '90's like a more a metalized neo prog in places, combined all these is Black jester. Their second album I got I guess more then 12 years ago and was one of the first prog metal bands I've came across as listner and I was pretty impressed back then as now after some re spins 3 more precise. Two of the founding memebers from Black Jester after disbanding - Paolo Viani (guitar), Alberto Masiero (drums, will formed Moonlight Circus , a band taken the name from this album title. Well, now talikng about this decond BJ offer from 1994 named Welcome to the moonlight circus issued at MII (Music is intelligence) is a good towards great release in this field. Not sounding at all like Dream Theter of that period, more towards Malmsteen and neo classical bands from that time, with worthy arpegious and solid arrangements. Fine vocal parts, and above all instrumental sections are realy strong. The greatest tracks are Mirror song and the title track, both lenghy where the skills of the musicians are on the highest level, great prog metal in the finest moments. Why this band is so unknown to larger public is beyond me. A 3.5 stars album to me, good towards great, prog metal with splendid moments in places, from complex arrangements to more light moments makes from this second Black jester offer a winner release in this field. Give this band a try they worth it .

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4 stars Most underrated prog band and hard to get item. I would said this album is an excellent addition to a prog collection from a great neo-classical/art-rock band. The album is well structured with complex great melodies, passages and odd time signatures. I would said Paolo Viani is a virtuoso gui ... (read more)

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