CIRCLE OF SILENCE

Power Metal / Heavy Metal • Germany
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CIRCLE OF SILENCE The Blackened Halo album cover 3.91 | 2 ratings
The Blackened Halo
Power Metal 2011
CIRCLE OF SILENCE The Rise Of Resistance album cover 4.46 | 3 ratings
The Rise Of Resistance
Power Metal 2013
CIRCLE OF SILENCE The Crimson Throne album cover 4.00 | 1 ratings
The Crimson Throne
Power Metal 2018

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CIRCLE OF SILENCE Your Own Story album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Your Own Story
Heavy Metal 2006
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The Supremacy of Time
Power Metal 2009

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One Moment of Hate
Power Metal 2013

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CIRCLE OF SILENCE The Crimson Throne

Album · 2018 · Power Metal
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Power metal is often known to be a very melodic and lighter genre compared to most types of metal, but there are some bands out there who like to play a more aggressive, thrashier version of the genre, most notably coming out of Germany. One of the better bands to emerge from this side of the genre in recent years is Circle of Silence, who impressed me a lot with their previous release The Rise of Resistance, a very in your face kind of album, loaded with tons of punishing thrash riffs, speedy power metal rhythms, and great choruses. After taking a long break in between albums, the band is finally back almost five years later with their third full-length album, The Crimson Throne. With this album, the band has picked up where they left off, giving listeners some of the most brutal and intense power metal possible, while still managing to mix in a ton of great melodies and vocal sections.

For those who’ve never heard Circle of Silence before, they play a very rough brand of power metal, with a ton of thrash elements in their music, as well as some very aggressive vocals at times. They do a good job of varying the tempos, with a nice mix of faster tracks and more mid-paced tracks, as well as occasionally changing things up partway through a song. For the most part, The Crimson Throne feels very similar to their previous album, though a couple tracks felt surprisingly lighter to me at times, with some heavy metal style melodic guitar leads at points, which add a bit of extra flavor, and these are quite effective. At the same time, this is definitely a very hard hitting album overall, and the heavier, speedier passages are definitely when the album is at its best. For the most part, it’s a consistently engaging album, with no weaker tracks to be found, though it doesn’t quite have anything that matches the masterpiece “The Architect of Immortality” from their previous album.

One element that took time for me to get used to the first time I heard a Circle of Silence album was the voice of vocalist Nick Keim. He fits the band quite well, to be sure, but he has a very deep voice and rough voice that’s a bit atypical for the genre, and he can at times be very in your face with his vocal delivery. He certainly delivers some fiery vocals that match the intense thrashier portions, though, while being able to rein himself in a bit and deliver some big vocal melodies during the chorus. While his vocals took some time for me to get used to, I now think he’s a great singer and he fits the band’s sound -perfectly, with this album especially doing a good job of letting him showcase both his more aggressive vocals and his smoother, more melodic vocals.

Another area where I’ve sometimes struggled with the band is in the songwriting, though thankfully that has proven to be an area where they’ve improved a lot over the years, with their debut The Blackened Halo being very inconsistent, while The Rise of Resistance was a mostly consistent album with one huge highlight, and now The Crimson Throne is their most consistent album to date, to the point where it’s hard to pick a favorite, not because there aren’t any great tracks, but because every single track is in very good to great territory, with nothing quite on the level of the best track from its predecessor, but the majority of the tracks here are slightly better than most other tracks on that album.

The band does a great job of letting listeners know exactly what to expect within the first few tracks, as following a brief but nice intro, the first three full songs all cover different elements of the band’s music quite nicely. The first of these is “Race to the Sky”, the most classic power metal sounding track here, though with a slight edge to the riffs. Still, compared to most tracks on this album, it’s both speedy and melodic in ways fans of the genre would expect, with some great riffs, nice melodic leads and an excellent chorus. The extended solo section in the middle is amazing, and overall it’s an excellent track. Next is “Destroyers of the Earth”, one of the hardest hitting songs out of the bunch. It immediately charges out of the gate with some pummeling riffs, and this keeps up throughout the verses, where Nick delivers some of his most fiery vocals. There are some great melodies during the pre-chorus section, but then the thrash edge kicks in again and the chorus is short but intense, and the most melodic section of the track is during the solo section, which is quite good. After those two faster tracks, the pace slows done a bit for the first time with “The Chosen One”, a slightly heavier metal influenced track, which moves along at a decent pace, with some great melodic leads and some of Nick’s smoother, lighter vocals. It has one of the most epic choruses on the album and is definitely another great track.

While I enjoy all elements of this album, I especially prefer the thrashier tracks, as these are more unique for a power metal band and Circle of Silence has always excelled at them. After the first group of songs, the next real hard hitter is the title track, a slightly more mid-paced affair, which nonetheless brings back some of the powerful thrash riffs from “Destroyers of the Earth”, and it again has a nice melodic vocal section leading into an intense chorus, though this time around even the instrumental section is quite vicious, and overall it’s a very hard hitting and satisfying track. Right after that is “Into the Fire”, a more upbeat song with an epic and more melodic chorus, though it too has some excellent thrashy riffs, and is quite a heavy track overall. In the same vein as the title track is “A Kingdom Divine”, another more mid-paced track with some very hard hitting riffs, though it has a slightly more modern sound to it, and well as occasional points where the vocals come very close to death growls. It has an insanely epic and catchy chorus, as well as a great solo section, and it’s definitely one of my favorites on the album. The last real heavy track here is “Possessed By Fire”, where the verses start off a bit slow but pick up speed as they go along, all while being heavy and intense throughout, while the chorus is frantic and intense right from the start, with some great gang vocals. It’s definitely another great thrash infused power metal track, which delivers exactly the kind of sound I want from the band.

On the more melodic side, we have “Lionheart”, which starts off with a great melodic guitar section, before speeding up quickly, and it actually starts off feeling like it’ll be another power/thrash hybrid track, but it actually get much lighter and more melodic as it goes on, with the second half being almost entirely instrumental and having some classic heavy influences. The chorus is a bit weak, but otherwise, it’s a great track overall. A few tracks after that is “Endgame”, which starts off with some beautiful guitar melodies, before picking up the pace and turning into a more mid-paced power metal track, with an excellent chorus, featuring some of Nick’s best vocals on the album. The closing track is “Wild Eyes”, a mostly mid-paced track, with another excellent chorus, though its highlight comes in the second half, during a speedy instrumental section which gives way an epic final run through the chorus, to the end the album in an extremely epic way.

Overall, The Crimson Throne is another great album from Circle of Silence, which delivers more of their hard-hitting brand of thrash infused power metal while mixing in a few more melodic sections every once in a while. I’d say it’s slightly better than their previous album overall, and I’d definitely recommend it to fans of the band, as well as any power metal fan who prefers the heavier, more guitar-driven side of the genre, with no presence of keyboards whatsoever.

originally written for myglobalmind.com: https://myglobalmind.com/2018/03/31/circle-of-silence-the-crimson-throne-review/

CIRCLE OF SILENCE The Rise Of Resistance

Album · 2013 · Power Metal
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The Rise of Resistance (2013) is the fourth full-length album by German power metal act Circle of Silence. The band aren't one that I'd encountered before but theirs is a case that I'm really glad that I did at such a time when they'd put an album like The Rise of Resistance out, because what we have here is some really fine work, the kind of power metal that is decidedly non-cheesy and packs plenty of punch.

Let's get straight down to the why of that. The Rise of Resistance isn't just a power metal release, but a power-thrash release. While thrash metal elements do overall play a supporting role in Circle of Silence's sound rather than consistently fusing the two genres, they are present during the album on a regular basis. To mix things up a bit against these two fast paced genres the band also include some slower paced sections on rare occasion to break it up a bit. Generally speaking the riffs themselves waver between power and thrash styles but the aggression of the music has thrash written all over it, although German power metal itself does have a tendency for leaving the cheese and having an extra side of heaviness. The Rise of Resistance is the sort of album that would sit comfortably alongside any Blind Guardian or Grave Digger classic without ripping either band off. Looking towards the US Iced Earth would be another valid reference towards how Circle of Silence sound. The vocals of Niklas Keim also vary between the two styles heard here, and he's a great vocalist either way.

Circle of Silence also has the songs to go with the killer sound. Not a band to mess around with useless little intros/interludes/outros, The Rise of Resistance is twelve tracks of consistently high quality work with a focus on awesome riffs and vocals. While a couple of tracks are of a lesser quality in terms of the overall release, namely Nothing Shall Remain and The Architect of Immortality, we're usually dealing with exceptional work here with a few absolute belters that I know are going to keep finding their way into random playlists I put together at times. I'm talking about songs like An Oncoming Storm and In the Absence of Your God, the former being the very best on offer, even if it's opening riff does sound suspiciously like Iced Earth's Days of Rage. An exceptional grade rating is deserved overall, this is definitely is one of the minority group of power metal albums that should find fans in people who don't normally give this stuff the time of day.

91/100

(originally written for Heavy Metal Haven: http://metaltube.freeforums.org/circle-of-silence-the-rise-of-resistance-t3058.html)

CIRCLE OF SILENCE The Blackened Halo

Album · 2011 · Power Metal
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Genre: power metal with balls

Now this is power metal the way I like it: it kicks ass! While still melodic and with epic sounding choruses, there is no trace of cheesiness here! One reason could be that Circle of Silence draw a lot on thrash/speed metal.

The album is well balanced in terms of riffage, and most tracks contain uptempo thrash and speed riffs, heavy riffs, groovy riffs and flowing power chord riffs. In addition there are epic guitar harmonies to be found on this album and plenty of melody (there even seem to be some melodeath influences, too). Adhering to power metal conventions, the choruses are very catchy, melodic and epic sounding, but vocalist Nick Kaim's more rock-ish voice (which, sounds like a mixture of Rock 'n' Rolf, Blaze Bayley and, I swear, my dad[!]), adds a dimension of rock 'n' roll rawness. While the pseudo-operatic aspect - which a lot of power metal fans like - is absent, Kaim's singing style adds an extra couple of pounds to the lead boot with which Circle of Silence will be kicking your ass.

"The Blackened Halo" contains a bunch of solid, strong and hardrocking power metal tunes, where the emphasis is on power and ass-kicking, rather than grandiosity - in other words, it's power metal with balls.

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