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Isolate - Circus Maximus

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Genre: Hard Rock & Metal / Artist: Circus Maximus / Audio CD released 2007-08-20 at Frontiers

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      22.05.2008 12:22
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      Circus Maximus' second album (2007).

      If it's possible to discern a trend from only two studio releases, it seems that Circus Maximus' brief stint as a promising new force in progressive metal has fully waned by the time of their sophomore 'Isolate.' With less of a power metal focus than before, generally shorter songs that fail to go anywhere interesting and an uncomfortable focus on power ballads in the vein of eighties glam metal (even down to some horrendous Van Halen style keyboards in 'Arrival of Love'), this album represents everything I dislike about bands labelled as 'progressive' that would be more accurately categorised as backwards-looking.

      Michael Eriksen is a strong vocalist, here imitating the squeaky tones of Dream Theater's James LaBrie and Fates Warning's John Arch, but the rest of the band disappoints in comparison to 'The 1st Chapter' by opting for simpler, more commercial songs. Even the instrumental 'Sane No More' sounds like a weak attempt to replicate Dream Theater's style, and the longer songs 'Mouth of Madness' and 'Ultimate Sacrifice' don't hold the listener's attention by attempting anything genuinely interesting. Everything here has been heard before, and much better (or in the case of the ballads, equally terribly).

      1. A Darkened Mind
      2. Abyss
      3. Wither
      4. Sane No More
      5. Arrival of Love
      6. Zero
      7. Mouth of Madness
      8. From Childhood's Hour
      9. Ultimate Sacrifice

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    Disc #1 Tracklisting
    1 Darkened Mind
    2 Abyss
    3 Wither
    4 Sane No More [Instrumental]
    5 Arrival of Love
    6 Zero
    7 Mouth of Madness
    8 From Childhood's Hour...
    9 Ultimate Sacrifice