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CIRCLE II CIRCLE - Reign Of Darkness (2015)
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CIRCLE II CIRCLE - Reign Of Darkness (2015)


Fronted by Savatage vocalist Zak Stevens, CIRCLE II CIRCLE are about to release their new album "Reign Of Darkness" tomorrow, October 16.
This is Zak's seventh album with Circle II Circle, so at this point he
feels like true part of the band since joined them in in 2003.

Zak Stevens left Savatage and had a time-out from music. But since the
metal flame was still burning, he came back and released Circle II
Circle's debut that also included song done in a cooperation with Jon
Oliva and Chris Caffery. The Savatage connection was still alive.
This introduction is for listeners new to Circle II Circle; yes there's
some Savatage melodic metal on "Reign Of Darkness", but this is a more
direct band with some power / progressive metal twists, yet basically
'song format' straight to the point.

Sonic-wise, Circle II Circle features Steven's great voice at the
forefront. The riffs and bottom end remain thick enough to please metal
fans, while melody, harmony, and groove permeate most every song giving
the whole album accessibility to that classic melodic metal sound.
Actually, I found the hooks in the rock groove and vocal harmonies great
present and notable especially, for the former, within 'Untold Dreams',
'Ghost Of The Devil' and 'Somewhere'.
That last song is representative of Circle II Circle's ability to
deliver the perfect storm of heaviness, catchy harmony in the refrain,
and then power it with rock groove. And guitar, don't forget the solos
as the are abundant across this album.

Of additional interest throughout the album is the ambitious use of
piano lines in song composition. The piano essentially leads the opening
'Over-Underture' but also it adds impetus, at the start, to many other
songs including 'Deep Within', 'Somewhere', 'Victim of the Night' and
the exellent closing number 'Solitary Rain'. Great job by Henning Wanner
(White Lion, Jaded Heart) who also provides some subtle synths

At the beginning of this review, I mentioned a short story about Zak
Stevens and Savatage. There was a recent Savatage reunion concert at
this year’s Wacken Festival, and Zak was part of it of course.
Well, these words were put with the intention to significant that "Reign
Of Darkness" should be the most Savatage-like Circle II Circle release
to date.
But as said, Circle II Circle is all about short songs, straight riffage
and instant hooks. And "Reign of Darkness" deliver those in spades.
Strongly Recommended.

01. Over-Underture
02. Victim Of The Night
03. Untold Dreams
04. It's All Over
05. One More Day
06. Ghost Of The Devil
07. Somewhere
08. Deep Within
09. Taken Away
10. Sinister Love
11. Solitary Rain

Zak Stevens (Savatage) - Vocals
Bill Hudson (Power Quest) - Guitars
Christian Wentz - Guitars
Mitch Stewart - Bass
Henning Wanner (White Lion, Jaded Heart) - Keyboards
Marcelo Moreira (Almah) - Drums

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