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Voodoo Circle - s/t (8,5/10) - Germany - 2008

Genre: Melodic Metal
Label: AFM Records
Playing time: 58:37
Band homepage: Voodoo Circle

Tracklist:

  1. Spewing Lies
  2. Desperate Heart
  3. Kingdom Of The Blind
  4. Man And Machine
  5. Master Of Illusion
  6. We’ll Never Learn
  7. Dream Of Eden
  8. Heaven Can Wait
  9. Angels Will Cry
  10. Enter My World Of Darkness
  11. White Lady Requiem
Voodoo Circle - s/t

VOODOO CIRCLE is the brainchild of Alex Beyrodt, former SINNER guitarist and current PRIMAL FEAR touring guitarist, and he’s brought a few of his famous friends with him: David Readman (PINK CREAM 69) on vocals, PRIMAL FEAR bandmate Mat Sinner on bass, and Mel Gaynor, who’s apparently played drums for both Brian May and Gary Moore. With such a great lineup of musicians, it’s no wonder that VOODOO CIRCLE’s debut is so good.

 

The album opens with “Spewing Lies,” one of the heaviest songs on the album that sounds vaguely like EDGUY’s “Mysteria.” Readman positively wails on this track. The next track, “Desperate Heart,” sound like it could’ve been written by Axel Rudi Pell, only with expanded keyboard usage. It’s a solid track, though, and one of the few Rock songs on the album, as the majority of the disc is dominated by Metal. “Man And Machine” is an excellent combination of the two, combining raw guitar fury with some very Rock-styled vocals.  

 

A surprisingly good song is the instrumental shredfest “White Lady Reqiuem,” which closes out the album with six minutes of why Alex Beyrodt is a badass. I honestly can’t get enough of this song, even when the rest of the album, with its more restrained guitarwork, is so great. Okay, I say “restrained,” but seriously, you have a good idea of how good Beyrodt is long before “White Lady Requim"; this song just seals the deal.

 

Most of the songs on VOODOO CIRCLE’s debut are both powerful and catchy, and everything is performed with an exceptional degree of talent. If you like stuff like AXEL RUDI PELL or PINK CREAM 69, but you want them faster, heavier, and with more keyboards, try VOODOO CIRCLE. You definitely won’t be disappointed.  

(Online January 6, 2009)

Mitchel Betsch



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