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Circle II Circle - Watching In Silence - reviewed by: EC

Track Listing
1. Out Of Reach
2. Sea Of White
3. Into The Wind
4. Watching In Silence
5. Forgiven
6. Lies
7. Face To Face
8. Walls
9. The Circle
10. Fields Of Sorrow
Zak Stevens has returned!! After finishing up with Savatage in 1999, Zak took a two year break from the music business to concentrate on his family. He returned to the studio in 2001 and started writing and rehearsing the material that would end up on this debut record from Circle II Circle. With former Savatage bandmate Chris Caffrey helping with the songwriting and 'Tage mastermind Jon Oliva turning the knobs, Circle II Circle have created one of the most magical melodic rock albums of recent memory.

This record is much like Savatage classics like "Edge Of Thorns" and "Handful Of Rain", but with this debut the band still has its own identity. The writing is much in the same style, the pianos are there, the heavy chorus is still evident, and Zak's amazing vocal talent is at the forefront.

Each song is a perfectly crafted melody, with thought provoking lyrics and an almost "peace of mind" calmness that envelopes each song, keeping the listener curious as to which path each track will take. When I first started playing this record, it reminded me of great moments when I first listened to "Edge Of Thorns" or even other classic albums like Queensryche's "Empire". The albums that don't just completely crush you, but stop and make you think about the things around you. Every moment is visualized with this album. It really is though provoking in every way.

Its great to hear Zak Steven's vocals again, and with this new band it almost sounds like they have been playing together for years. I hope this band continues along these same roads, as this is by far the best album of 2003.

--EC 05.06.03
About this Writer:
Eric Compton // Eric Compton lives in the most haunted city in the world, St. Augustine, Florida with his family and two yorkies. He has contributed to MaximumMetal.com since it's conception in 2003. His reviews, interviews and social commentary has been featured on websites like Brave Words, Blabbermouth, Metal Temple, Metal Rules, Ultimate Metal, Metal Maniacs and Wikipedia. You can also find him on his paperbackwarrior.com blog discussing all things action and adventure.

Maximum Metal Rating Legend - Click for Full Details
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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Watching In SilenceCircle II Circle
2003
Frank Hill10/7/2003
Watching In SilenceCircle II Circle
2003
Eric Compton5/6/2003


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