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Circus Maximus


Progressive Metal

3.77 | 188 ratings

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4 stars What is Prog Metal all about.

Circus Maximus is a wonderful "new" band of the post Dream Theater wave. The influence of this band is evident. They pushed a little beat more into Stratovarius routes (especially in the melodies) but the complex arrangement, quality of songwriting and great concept of melodies leads this album to a total success. Of course, if you are into Prog Metal, you should try this particular album for sure.

I know that some do not like the so many "alike" bands that are out there right now, but I can mention Pagan's Mind and Anubis Gate as well as Circus Maximus as the best bands of the movement right now. A controlled singer, great musicians association and a good production in the overall will prove that this band is on the level. The rare thing I want to point at is that the theme of the album is a dark one. A person struggling with "Isolation" is a tough concept but the music is up lifting (just like Stratovarius) and not that depressive or obscure it might have to be. But at the end, the songs work great and there's cohesiveness through the whole album.

Maybe the most evident difference of them with the rest of Prog Metal bands is that they don't show off, not at all in fact. The music works fine and the instrumental sections are quite focused on moods and shapes and less in acrobatic solos.

There's a mellow spirit through all the album and it's really up lifting. I do recommend this album to anyone who dislike Prog Metal in general. This is very clean and sophisticated and I don't think people should pass it down.

The best definition of this album is Power Metal with great melodies and original instrumental sections. You should not pass down this band. 4 stars is what they disserve for a great production with wonderful songs.

jampa17 | 4/5 |


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