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3.18 | 12 ratings | 2 reviews | 25% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 2006

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Broken Glass (4:23)
2. Cycles (5:38)
3. Trick of the Light (9:43)
4. The Distance (5:55)
5. Accelerate (6:09)
6. Let It Flow (4:53)
7. Send - Return (7:56)
8. Mass Suggestion - Part 1 (7:32)
9. Mass Suggestion - Part 2 (3:46)

Total Time 55:54

Line-up / Musicians

- Chris Brown / vocals, lead/rhythm guitars, bass, keyboards
- Ronald Wahle / lead/rhythm guitars, keyboards, drums

Releases information

Progrock Records AIN B000H9I0ZG

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GHOST CIRCUS Cycles ratings distribution

(12 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(25%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(42%)
Good, but non-essential (25%)
Collectors/fans only (0%)
Poor. Only for completionists (8%)

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Review by Prog Leviathan
3 stars "Cycles" delivers thoughtful and catchy art-rock that wears its heart on its sleeve, giving us fine performances and a very polished presentation. As a debut of this serendipitus duo it scores high marks for talented songwriting and dedication to a mature rock sound which leans closely into the neo-prog category with its heavy use keyboards and extended tapestries of sound.

Songwriting and structure sticks closely to a sort of psuedo-AOR style, which although is wonderfully melodic, lacks the hooks and enthusiasm to ever make it on the radio (fine by me). Instead, "Cycles" enjects that style with an artistic depth of synthesizers and introspective guitar work. There is a lot of variety in dymanics, with rockin', guitar-led choruses playing over layers and layers of keyboards. The sample song here on PA is a good example of the album's upbeat material (and is probably the standout track on the album), but others, like "Trick of the Light" takes its time to build, using almost 3 minutes of synth to get started before dropping the hammer on driving riffing. The album's end result is a cool vibe possessing en electric kick (almost metal in the instrumental "Send-Return") against a reserved and mature backdrop, even though no new ground is broken in terms of composition.

Brown's vocals are smooth and easy to listen to, but probably the least ambitious part of this album. His tenor rarely musters up much gusto, and his range is limited; it feels like he's playing it safe, which sometimes limites the impact of the songs. Lyrical content is passionate and very earnst though, and although the content is clearly the sorts of mundane stuff two middle-aged guys would sing about, they remain engaging.

Considering that these two guys are responsible for every note (although the rhythm instruments are unremarkable), "Cycles" is an impressive release. Recommended for anyone seeking a fun bit of smart AOR crossover and wants to root for a prog-underdog; however, "Cycles" needs more flair and songwriting bravery to get that extra star.

Songwriting: 3 Instrumental Performances: 3 Lyrics/Vocals: 3 Style/Emotion/Replay: 3

Review by apps79
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator
3 stars Internet has the power to unite people and the Ghost Circus project was born this way in 2004, when American Chris Brown met Dutch Ronald Wahle through an internet forum.Sharing the same vision around music, the two musicians decided to collaborate with the help of technology and came up with an album in 2006.Both played keyboards and guitars, Brown provided also the vocals and bass parts and recorded them at the Stuffy Room Studio in USA, while Wahle provided the drums and recorded his parts at RWA Studio in The Netherlands.Brown got in touch with Shawn Gordon and the album ''Cycles'' was released by the major label ProgRock Records.

The two men did a fantastic job, despite the huge distance between them, and offer a melodic Heavy Prog album, full of energy, power and grandieur, characterized by the tremendous rhythmic parts, the great solos and the unique vocals of Chris Brown, who's voice actually would be a perfect fit for a Hard Rock band with its hoarse color.You should not expect something too complex from ''Cycles'', the focus here is on furious riffs, sharp synths and dynamic rhythmic passages, however the compositions are more than simplistic structured with three out of the nine tracks clocking at 8 minutes or long, containing some notable variations.The music is basically guitar-driven with a nice supporting role by the keyboards and a few effects and sampled sounds/instruments added for good measure in a typical contemporary Prog field.The overall sound has strong similarities with acts such as ALSO EDEN, NINE STONES CLOSE, PORCUPINE TREE or COSMOGRAF, maybe a bit more on the heavier and more accesible side of things, but the excellent choruses, the shifting climates and the very tight arrangements result an album full of enjoyable moments, that can be emotional, dramatic, sensitive or enraged.The absolute highlights of the album are the dual guitar parts provided by the duo, definitely among the preferences of all fans, who love both Rock and Prog Music.

Really strong debut with an emphasis on the rock content, while the proggy vibes are also numerous.A fantastic addition for all lovers of really energetic and passionate musicianship.Warmly recommended.

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