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Savage Circus - Dreamland Manor - 2005 - Dockyard 1

Track Listing
1. Evil Eyes
2. Between The Devil And The Seas
3. Waltz Of The Demon
4. Tomorrowland
5. It - The Gathering
6. Beyond Reality
7. When Hell Awakes
8. Ghost Story
9. Born Again By The Night
Having departed from Blind Guardian, drummer Thomen Staunch apparently decided he wasn't through with the band's sound yet. Upon leaving he immediately surrounded himself with Hansi soundalike Emil Norberg of Persuader and also their guitarist. Rounding out the lineup we have producer extraordinare and Iron Savior mastermind Piet Sielck on bass, guitar, backing vocals, and producing.

Really the sound on this album is a direct product of all the bands but it takes just the right parts to make something pretty incredible here. Now I've never been a fan of Blind Guardian, but amazingly this new group manages to sort of make a BG album that I not only like, but think is really fuckin good. Imagine if you will the soaring vocal style of Hansi coupled with backing vocals of Piet Sielk merging into those addictive Iron Savior style choruses. Intrigued yet? Well add in some really heavy Iron Savior style chops, some Blind Guardian fantasy moments, and a crystal clear production job. This is really just the perfect fusion I wouldn't have imagined. Incredible songwriting and the band sounds tight as hell.

Blind Guardian, Iron Savior, and power fans in general should eat this up. Great debut from a new band to watch. The only thing I can see holding the band back is the obvious similarities to past bands, but I don't care. What they do, they do exceptionally well. Kinda weird, I should like a band so close to a power band I think is overrated as hell, but it happened here. Just has that Iron Savior quality to it that makes this thoroghly powerful and addictive.

Highlights: Evil Eyes, When Hell Awakes, Between The Devil And The Seas, Born Again By Night

Rating - 4.0/5.0




--Stygian Steel 12.05.05
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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