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zondag 10 juli 2011
CIRCLE OF SILENCE: The Blackened Halo



Release: 2011-04-29
Style: power/thrash metal
Label: www.massacre-records.de / www.massacre-records.com
Website: www.circle-of-silence.de
MySpace: www.myspace.com/circleofsilence
Playing Time: 48:40
Cat. N°: MAS-CD 0715
Review by: Vera
Translated by: Vera
Rating: 7,5/10


English:

German band Circle Of Silence has just inked a deal with Massacre Records, after their self-released efforts ‘Your Own Story’ (2006) and ‘The Supremacy Of Time’ (2008). Although the band is based in Germany, they play a distinct blend of US thrash and power metal with echoes of Annihilator, Metallica, Sanctuary (= pre-Nevermore) and Iced Earth. However, less spirited and less accomplished than those giants in the genre. Nevertheless it is fetching enough to bang your head after a strenuous day at work.

They spared neither cost nor effort when recording ‘The Blackened Halo’ and entered the Maranis Studios with Vagelis Maranis. Double bass drums and marvellous guitar skills of both guitarists (Tobias Pfahl and Christian Sommerfeld) are the backbone of the compositions. Vocalist Niklas Keim adds a zest with his clean, yet rather aggressive vocals, although he does not stand out. Sometimes he sounds a bit shallow, may be some room for improvement. Yet from the very outset with ‘Synthetic Sleep’ (also single and video clip) it feels good: drums and rhythmical escapades with proper momentum and melodious guitar skills are a reason to look out for the rest of the album. Guitar sounds sometimes remind me a bit of Paradise Lost, more precisely in ‘Exception’ and ‘Never Forget’.

Well, it is proper powerful metal without fringes, not exceptional, but surely not bad as well. Some acoustic fragments in ‘Reflections’ and a fetching lyrical statement about taking your life in your own hands in ‘Take Your Life’ are the icing on the cake of an album that did not turn into a revelation, but it will surely enchant aficionados of a vigorous blend of thrash and power metal.


Nederlands:

Het Duitse Circle Of Silence is pas getekend door Massacre Records, na het in eigen beheer uitbrengen van twee albums: ‘Your Own Story’ (2006) en ‘The Supremacy Of Time’ (2008). Hoewel de band uit Duitsland komt, spelen ze een variant op US thrash/power metal met echo’s van Annihilator, Metallica, Sanctuary (= pre-Nevermore) en Iced Earth. Echter, minder bevlogen en minder getalenteerd, edoch nog voldoende om onze nekspieren soepel te houden.

Men spaarde kosten noch moeite om ‘The Blackened Halo’ op te nemen en dook dan maar meteen de Maranis studio in met Vagelis Maranis. Dubbele basdrums en excellent gitaarwerk van beide gitaristen (Tobias Pfahl en Christian Sommerfeld) vormen de ruggengraat van de composities. Zanger Niklas Keim houdt het op cleane, edoch vrij agressieve zang, al is hij geen hoogvlieger. Soms klinkt hij wat vlak, nog ruimte voor verbetering. Toch zit het vanaf opener ‘Synthetic Sleep’ (ook op single en videoclip) meteen goed: voortvarende drums en ritmiek met melodieus gitaarwerk doen ons uitkijken naar de rest. Het gitaarwerk doet me soms ook aan Paradise Lost denken, vooral in ‘Exception’ en ‘Never Forget’.

Dit is krachtige metal tout court, niet uitzonderlijk, maar zeker ook niet slecht. Enkele akoestische fragmenten in ‘Reflections’ en een aanstekelijke tekst over het lot in eigen handen nemen in ‘Take Your Life’ vormen de kers op de taart van een album dat geen revelatie is, maar toch fans van een energieke mix van thrash en power metal zal kunnen begeesteren.




Tracklist:

Synthetic Sleep (4:02)
Left To Die (3:48)
Exception (3:57)
21 Grams (4:35)
The Blackened Halo (4:24)
Take Your Life (3:17)
Never Forget (3:44)
Reflections (4:51)
Redesign (5:19)
The End (4:50)
Until The Worlds Collide (5:53)

Musicians:

Niklas Keim: vocals
Tobias Pfahl: guitars
Christian Sommerfeld: guitars
Björn Boehm: bass
Peter Suppinger: drums




Geplaatst door Vera op zondag 10 juli 2011 - 11:27:28
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