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CIRCULIVE::MAJESTIK

Circuline

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4.49 | 5 ratings | 2 reviews | 40% 5 stars

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Songs / Tracks Listing


1. Who I Am (7:48)
2. Return (5:00)
3. Forbidden Planet (6:36)
4. Hollow (10:06)
5. Stereotypes (4:53)
6. Inception (5:12)
7. America The Beautiful (1:23)
8. Nautilus (5:54)
9. One Wish (6:14)
10. Summit (10:11)
11. Stay (6:12)
12. Silence Revealed (7:25)

Total Time 78:12

Bonus track on DVD
New Day

Line-up / Musicians


- Andrew Colyer / keyboards, vocals
- Darin Brannon / drums
- Natalie Brown / lead vocals
- William "Billy" Spillane / lead vocals, rhythm guitar
- Beledo / guitar

Special guests:
- Harold Skeete (Ad Astra) / bass guitar
- Joe Deninzon (Stratospherius) / electric violin

Releases information

Inner Nova Music IN201702
Recorded at the Majestic Theater - May 7 2016
CD & DVD

Thanks to Evolver for the addition
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4.49
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Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(40%)
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Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(60%)
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Review by tszirmay
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator
4 stars Circuline is one of the new breed prog rock bands from the USA, manned by a stellar crew of talented musicians who clearly know their stuff. They have released two studio albums that have captured attention within the prog community, led musically by keyboardist Andrew Colyer and drummer Darin Brannon, and it was perhaps time to show off their live skills in order to trly appreciate their considerable talents. Especially within the progressive rock genre, the live experience often can stamp the highest level of praise upon a style that certainly can benefit from studio wizardry and special effects to elevate their craft to the loftiest technical heights. I remember seing the Flower Kings live and though they are not necessarily among my super favorites on record , I must admit that on a stage, they were mind-blowing in terms of all the twists and turns they performed seemingly at will.

Within the context of the 13th International Rites of Spring festival at Majestic Theater in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania on Saturday May7, 2016, the band owned the stage and recorded this interesting visual and aural document . Filling out the line-up are singers Natalie Brown (sarcasm, red lipstick and corsets) and second guitarist Billy Spillane, stunning guitarist Beledo as well as guests Harold Skeete (Ad Astra) on bass and violinist Joe Denizon (Stratospheerius).

The instrumental overture ''New Day'' features the tortuous electric guitar swerves that sets the mood perfectly, as these musicians excel at their respective instruments, erecting complex sounds and moody atmospheres that will permeate their set. Andrew in particular, shows some fabulous dexterity on piano, as he introduces ''Who I Am'', leading the band into the dual vocals that hits the center stage with conviction. The complexity wrestles with accessibility, swirling, swerving, diving and careening in various directions., in controlled frenzy.

Three tracks from their debut release are up next , ''Return'' is typical of the American prog style that insists on creative brightness and the instrumentalists certainly don't shirk their responsabilities, Beledo shooting off some blistering leads while Andrew sets the melodic platform, ably abetted by Darren's positive drum beat. ''Forbidden Planet'' shows off a more lyrical style, an anthem-like piece where both Spillane and Brown excel , solidified by Beledo's blooming guitar forays and Colyer's symphonic keys. ''Hollow'' begins with serene piano and evolves into a roller coaster of soft and hard, alternating moods that keep you on edge, a stop/start musical collage that confounds and stretches the enveloppe.

The sound becomes a tad muddled on ''Stereotypes'', salvaged by some great individual moments from Natalie, Andrew and Beledo, while ''Inception'' delivers more symphonic overload. Bassist Harold Skeete does a bass solo on ''America the Beautiful'' , a piece many have heard before in a more traditional setting, that segues nicely into the highlight track ''Nautilus'', a powerful ode to an aquatic universe 'circulined' by Andrew's liquid keyboards, his synth solo particularly hinting at Star Trek-like themes, while the bass carves below. The delicate ''One Wish'' keeps the foot on the petal with some fine instrumental adornments until we appropriately reach ''Summit'', another definite highpoint where the drums get tho excel and shine in the solo spotlight, prefaced by a much jazzier emanation from guitarist Beledo, aided by dense dual vocals. The piano and drum interplay is tense and delightful, the mood superlative.

Ending with ''Stay'' and ''Silence Revealed'', the concert showcases an American band that has put its stamp on the prog community and should continue to provide interesting music for all the behold.

4 live arcs

Review by Evolver
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Crossover & JR/F/Canterbury Teams
5 stars When Circuline's last album, "Counterpoint" came out in 2016, I gave it a strong 4-star rating for it's powerful songwriting and tight, complex performances. My only complaint was that I felt that Natalie Brown's vocals were so strong and forceful that Billy Spillane's co-lead vocals didn't seem to blend properly.

For this live album, taken mostly from "Counterpoint", with a few track from their debut, "Return", they seem to have overcome this minor issue.

The recording quality is superb. On any system I've played it on, instruments are clear and perfectly blended, and the separation is so well defined that I can close my eyes and feel like I'm front and center in the audience (I listen a lot while I'm driving, so perhaps that isn't one of my best ideas). The vocals are now equally powerful by all vocalists, making these tracks superior (to me) to their studio versions.

The songs, just as on the studio albums, are wonderful, they feature very memorable melodies and lyrics, intersperced with passages of progressive bliss. Brown's voice still reminds me very much of Grace Slick in her prime, but I must say that this music elevates much higher than Jefferson Airplane could ever hope to attain.

Every track is a winner on this set, but I have to mention a few individual songs that stand out. "Hollow", my favorite piece, is a 10 minute epic that goes from a power ballad through many varied passages of prog extravaganza. "Nautilus", featuring Ad Astra's Harold Skeete on bass, is a slinky infectuous funky song that has wormed it's way so much into my brain that I find myself going back to it over and over on my MP3 player. And "Summit" like "Hollow", a 10 minute work, starts as a cool fusion track, and goes through some almost ROI sections before returning to the main theme.

It's been difficult for me to pull this disk out of my car and bring it to my computer to write this review, as I have been listening to it every few days since early summer.

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