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CIRCLE II CIRCLE
WATCHING IN SILENCE
AFM

Circle to Circle's debut release is as metal as it gets, thanks mainly to the writing team of vocalist Zak Stevens (ex-Savatage) and Savatage main men Jon Oliva and Cris Caffery. Despite the current Savatage team not performing on the 10-track release, the metallic, majestic spirit of Savatage teems from WATCHING IN SILENCE. Almost written like a score to a Broadway play, Circle To Circle's anthemic foray into the metal realm provides some fancy fretwork, a slew of operatic chest thumping, and an appreciative nod to bands such as Queensryche and Nevermore. While this quintet's semi-progressive metal is not in the same league as Dream Theater, it instead finds a niche somewhere within the legacy of Savatage and old school metal like Judas Priest.
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- Mike SOS