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

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
I first became familiar with Zak Stevens voice on the Savatage CD "Edge of Thorns". His vocals were quite a departure from the odd, yet compelling sound Jon Olivia gave to the band for a decade. From just the stark quiet opening of "Follow Me", I knew that I was hearing one of the best voices in metal.

Zak's voice is full and rich. It's so strong that it's powerful even during his softest singing and he's so smooth that it almost doesn't fit him to sing in the harsher qualities that numbers like "Lights Out" required. Really, the only thing that could hurt Zak is to be surrounded by bad music and I'm sure that his presence would elevate even the worst by a significant degree.

So after an amicable split from Savatage, we move on to Zak's current band Circle II Circle and their first CD "Watching In Silence". This isn't a CD for guys who want to break stuff and it's not going to get any mosh pits started in shows. It's music you allow to wash across you mentally. It's friendly and accesible rock music that I don't think is as heavy as his Savatage stuff. I especially like the use of traditional piano which combines with Zak's vocal tone to produce an overall melancholy feel to the CD.

With all of the negative comments about how commercial radio is the same old drek that blends together and lacks originality, it helps to point out what the could be playing as a viable alternative. Circle II Circle could be that alternative.

Score: 8 of 10

--Nailer 10.07.03
About this Writer:
Frank Hill // Frank Hill has been at this site since its slimy, crying birth in '03. He was born on National Metal Day--11/11 and will turn his hearing aids up to 11 when he's 111. He secretly listens to a lot of old Country and Doo-Wop tunes and wants to start a cyberband with lead vocals by Robot Plant. He is still trying to figure out what Judas Priest meant by "paratamize you". If you read this, then he salutes you.

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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ALL FULL REVIEWS FOR: CIRCLE II CIRCLE
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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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