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SONIQ CIRCUS

Heavy Prog • Sweden


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Swedish quintet SONIQ CIRCUS bring a touch of style and a knack for songwriting to their brand of heavy symphonic rock, and released one of the more honest prog albums of 2007 with their self-titled debut on Progress Records (MAGIC PIE's current label). The debut album was followed up by the 2011 release "Reflections in the Hourglass". Keyboardist Mathias Beckias provides rich and varied organ sounds that work hand-in-hand with the guitars of Marcus Enochsson, thoughtful and understated vocals of Calle Lennartsson, and rhythms of Markus Milsson (bass) and Christer Ugglin (drums). Though they don't imitate, the group takes plenty of influence from contemporaries such as SPOCK'S BEARD but also from the classic qualities of RUSH, adding touches of GENESIS and SAGA.

The albums will appeal to those less interested in technical bombast and more in a genuine attempt at melodic composition and intelligent lyrics. A sense of fun and celebration streams from the music but always with firm musicianship and a clear sense of what they want.

At once evoking the new and the old, SONIQ CIRCUS hint at a promising future.


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SONIQ CIRCUS is a fresh new band unafraid to mix classic prog sensibilities with a sensitive lyrical approach.

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3.05 | 7 ratings
Soniq Circus
2007
3.56 | 19 ratings
Reflections In The Hourglass
2011

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 Soniq Circus by SONIQ CIRCUS album cover Studio Album, 2007
3.05 | 7 ratings

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Soniq Circus Heavy Prog

Review by apps79
Special Collaborator Neo Prog Team

3 stars Soniq Circus was an original idea of guitarist Marcus Enochsson and drummer Andreas Hanberger from Lund, Sweden, eventually forming a band named Telepilot 380 in late- 90's.However Hanberger would quit the next year and Marcus had to see his dream passing through numerous line-up shakes before coming true.Drummer Christer Ugglin and bassist Markus Nilsson became permanent members instantly in 2002 and 2004 respectively and in 2005 lead vocalist Calle Lennartsson was added in the line-up.In the meantime the band's fame was growing through several gigs and demos, having changed the name to T3.The latest addition was keyboardist Mathias Beckius in 2006 and T3 signed with Progress Records.Hansi Cross, the manager of the label, suggested them to change their name, so Soniq Circus were born and their self-titled debut saw the light in 2007.

The main aim of Marcus Enochsson since starting this project was to play energetic and dynamic Progressive Rock, influenced by the Classic Prog acts of the 70's.The result was partly in this vein, as Soniq Circus play some sort of powerful Heavy Prog with multiple breaks along the lines of BLACK BONZO, maybe a bit more modern, and URIAH HEEP, but with more apparent doses of complexity in the sound.The album is a fine blend of vintage memories and modern technology, sounding very fresh and passionate all the way and offering a fair amount of sudden breaks and changing climates among the series of inspired grooves.There is also some excellent vocal work by Calle Lennartsson to be found throughout the album, who has quite an impressive vocal range and really interesting color in his voice.Some cool Mellotron and organ moves stand next to the innovative use of synthesizers, resulting a damn good delivery, while the guitars are always in evidence.Add some symphonic textures to the overall powerful but still clearly proggy approach of Soniq Circus and you have an album full of tireless and rich Progressive Rock.

This is a band with huge potential, although their influences are coming constantly on the surface.Still this is pretty nicely-played Progressive Rock of great quality.Warmly reccomended.

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 Reflections In The Hourglass by SONIQ CIRCUS album cover Studio Album, 2011
3.56 | 19 ratings

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Soniq Circus Heavy Prog

Review by Rune2000
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4 stars It's funny how ones opinions can drastically change even over relatively short amount of time...

I wasn't a fan of Soniq Circus before seeing them live at Slottskogen Goes Progressive 2011. My initial opinion was based entirely on the 3-4 spins of their debut album which had some potential but ultimately was a slight disappointment considering the amounts of talent hidden within the collective. The band had, since then, made a few changes in the lineup with the most prominent one being the loss of their former lead vocalist. Marcus Enochsson is doubling both as the band's guitarist and vocalist. This doesn't seem to be much of a problem since he's quite a charismatic character who clearly knows his audience and therefore mixes in the esthetics of Peter Gabriel in his performance.

I was clearly intrigued by some of the new material that was performed at that show so giving Soniq Circus another go felt like a given. Unfortunately, my enthusiasm was shattered by the initial few spins of the hour long Reflections In The Hourglass. I even began writing down my remarks for a potential review which included memorable lines like: "...can't get in tune with the material...", "...no memorable hooks..." and "...nothing that irritates but neither impresses me too much...". It's funny how ones opinions can drastically change even over relatively short time, but fortunately it did and I actually began to enjoy what was offered on this release.

Granted that I'm still not too keen on the two opening tracks, the album really begins to shine with the relatively short but very memorable Actor, followed by the masterpiece Shadow Dance. This track has everything I love about Soniq Circus like vibrant buildups, quirky lyrics and memorable instrumental moments, but most importantly, it doesn't overstay its welcome even when considering the 8+ minute composition format!

The album continues on a few more high notes with both By The Heartshaped Lake and Learning To Talk being very strong progressive compositions that keep my interest up leading up to the final highlight Outside The Hourglass 4am. This is simply a triumphant conclusion to this loosely linked concept album that almost makes me interested in the proposed idea of listening to the album in real time between 3 and 4 AM, but I'll take a raincheck for the time being.

Soniq Circus have clearly created a solid progressive rock album that I'm sure that fans of both Symphonic Prog and Heavy Prog will find very appealing. Give Reflections In The Hourglass a go if you haven't done so already!

***** star songs: Actor (5:11) Shadow Dance (8:33) Outside The Hourglass 4am (7:39)

*** star songs: By The Heartshaped Lake (11:04) Learning To Talk (7:32)

*** star songs: Inside The Hourglass 3am (7:53) Formula (9:51) Childbirth (2:34)

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3.05 | 7 ratings

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Review by Rune2000
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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)

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 Reflections In The Hourglass by SONIQ CIRCUS album cover Studio Album, 2011
3.56 | 19 ratings

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Review by baz91
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3 stars The following takes place between 3am and 4am. Events occur in real time.

Sweden is a land of many things: Vikings, flat-pack furniture, great meatballs, and of course prog. Bands like Anglagard, Opeth, Pain of Salvation, Atlas, Karmakanic, The Flower Kings, Beardfish, Moon Safari, Galleon, Kaipa, Meshuggah, Therion and more have turned Sweden into something of a prog hotspot. Emerging from this prolific nation are Soniq Circus, consisting of Marcus Enochsson on guitars and vocals, newcomer Marco Ledri on keyboards, Markus Nilsson on bass and Christer Ugglin on drums. This is the band's second album, since their eponymous debut was released in 2007.

'Reflections in the Hourglass' is a concept album about a man who wakes up in the middle of the night and reflects on his life since he cannot get back to sleep. We follow our protagonist's thoughts in real time, in a similar manner to the TV series '24'. The album is 60 minutes long and begins with three bell chimes to signal 3am and ends with four bell chimes to signal 4am, helping to strengthen the concept. In the CD booklet, each page shows the timeline between 3am and 4am, giving the times when each track would start if the album were played at this time in the morning. Moreover, the CD itself has a clock face with eight hands pointing to the eight starting times of each song.

While the band can be classified as heavy prog, the music is rather light for the genre, and more melodic. In the booklet, Ledri can be seen wearing a Dream Theater t-shirt, but no obvious DT influences can be seen besides the frequent use of odd time signatures. There are no long intricate instrumentals to be heard; the singing in English dominates this album.

Despite having a good songwriting style and adequate musicianship, the group have neglected to write any killer material for this album ? stuff that really hooks you in without letting go. The first and last tracks are the best as they contain great verses and choruses and hold the album together. Other good songs from the album include the odd meter-riddled Actor and the epic, diverse Shadow Dance. Sadly though, nothing on the CD really stands out or impresses me and I feel like the group are playing just a little too safe.

Strangely enough, this album has become the closest example of what I'd call 'prog standard'; if there was ever an average album in the progressive sphere, this would be it. Although the 'hour' concept is a great idea, it's not as fleshed out in the music as I would have liked. This is a nicely produced, stylish album but there's little to keep me coming back for more.

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3.05 | 7 ratings

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Review by erik neuteboom
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3 stars This Swedish band started under the name TP3 but in 2006 the band changed it into Soniq Circus. In September 2007 they released their eponymous debut CD that contains both early as new work (total running time at about 45 minutes).

Their sound on this CD is mainly in the realm of the neo-prog with pleasant atmospheres but the music fails to keep my attention all the time. I enjoyed Bright Future (tasteful work on guitar and keyboards like the clavinet) and the dynamic songs Revolution (from dreamy and compelling to bombastic) and An Idiot (strong break with fiery guitar and lush organ and a synthesizer solo with propulsive guitar riffs).

A nice and pleasant debut CD but in my opinion Soniq Circus has to make more captivating music to compete with the many good new bands. I am looking forward to a second effort.



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