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CIRCUS MAXIMUS Isolate Frontiers (2007)

The band's second album following on form their 2005 debut album also released via Frontiers. They really do sound like Dream Theater circa their debut album and Prophet and being honest whilst their musicianship can not be faulted it just sounds too generic and there is little to keep drawing back the listener. That said ‘Zero' sees an impassioned vocal from Michael Eriksen and the epic ‘Mouth Of Madness' has some great musical interludes and time changes beloved of prog metal fans. ‘Withered' is interesting as they go down a melodic hard rock route and give TNT a run for their money!

A decent enough album but in a very crowded market place and with band's like Symphony X, Dream Theater and Kamelot to compete against they really need to raise their game on the next album.


Review by Jason Ritchie

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***** 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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