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CIRCUS MAXIMUS ‘The 1st Chapter ’ Frontiers (2005)

I often wonder about bands like Circus Maximus. I listened to The 1st Chapter, with a sense of excitment, with my love for all things progressive metal. After a lot of hype on various internet forums and message boards, I was ready for something above the normal.

Circus Maximus play a quite heavy brand of progressive metal, that is sometimes reminds me of Symphony X.

There is a strange sense of melody throughout this album in the vocals, that reminds me of a certain Swedish pop band called Abba!

Some of the chorus had me thinking they were heavily influence by the famous 70's quartet.

A fairly consistant album that flows quit well, has the obligitory epic, the nineteen minute epic title track. No prog metal band are quite the complete package unless they had such a lengthy song.

Guitarist Mats Haugen reminds me a lot, specially in his soloing, of Michael Romeo of Symphony X, some serious neo-classical shredding right throughout the album, done in a very tastey way and never too indulgent.

A definte must for fans of Symphony X, Kamelot and Stratovarius.


Review by Graham Boyle

***** Out of this world | **** Pretty damn fine |
*** OK, approach with caution unless you are a fan |
** Instant bargain bin fodder | * Ugly. Just ugly

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