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After Forever
Invisible Circles
Type: CD
Company: Transmission Records
Release: 2004
Genre: Power
Reviewer: Troy Cole
Published: 9/10/2004
As far as symphonic metal goes this is a quality album
Symphonic metal concept album trying to have you see the world through the eyes of a child. Concept albums are always hard to pull off and not many bands can do it well. Here is another failed attempt with voice acting, it’s horrible and detracts from the overall feel and life of the music. This is sad because as far as Symphonic Metal goes this is a quality album. Floor Jansen provides a superb and emotional vocal performance. Maas and Gommans provide some great melodic riffs and twists throughout backed by some great guttural death growls. There is no doubt After Forever have poured all their creativity and heart into the music and lyrics inside ‘Invisible Circles’. They could have gotten the point across more effectively without the voice parts.

For fans of: The Gathering and Nightwish

Great combination of influences (classical, gothic, prog, and metal), skip the storyline pieces.
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5 Excellent - Buy it and say a prayer to the metal gods that you were tuned on to this masterpiece. A classic.
4-4.5 Great - Almost perfect records but there's probably a clunker or a lacking somewhere to keep it from perfection. You won't feel bad about dropping some bones on these.
3.5 Good - Most of the record is good, but there may be some filler. This is the OK range where you'd search for the record on sale or used.
3 Average - Some good songs, some bad ones at about a half/half ratio. Could show skills but be dull overall. Redeeming qualities for indy bands are effort and passion. Majors that don't try or suck outright end up here.
2-2.5 Fair - Worth a listen, but best obtained by collectors. There is much better metal out there.
1-1.5 Bad - Major problems with music, lyrics, production, etc.
0 Terrible or an otherwise waste of your life and time.

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DOR
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After ForeverAfter Forever
2007
Vinaya Saksena12/12/2008
Invisible CirclesAfter Forever
2004
Troy Cole9/10/2004


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