This is a third album release from 3 piece L.A based Ninth Circle, since the release of their second album ‘The Power Of One’ which was released in 2008. For fans of melodic heavy metal or hard rock, and a good old sing song. The album has been advertised as Power Metal, but this is not the case.
Catchy riffs, some great technical guitar work including some romantic guitar solos for tracks such as ‘All Or Nothing’ and ‘Living On The Sun’, with harmonious vocals from Dennis Brown. I was still singing ‘After The Rain’ whilst cooking the better half’s tea – possibly a good sign or an annoyance.
This album has a promising AOR factor. Considering this is a 3 piece, I am not quite sure who is playing the atmospheric keyboards, but the keyboards do give this album an extra little difference; but the edition of a flute from ‘Legions Of The Brave’ went a little too far for me for cringe factor.
Covering Deep Purple’s ‘Stormbringer’ was a brave move, but Ninth Circle haven’t done a bad job and have added their own little flavour to this classic track, even if Dennis does seem to be struggling a little bit with the high notes.
Not a bad release, obviously dependent on your taste in genre that is most definitely melodic. Check it out for yourself!
Ninth Circle are::
Dennis Brown – Lead vocals, guitar
Frank Forray – bass, backing vocals
Dave Davis – drums, backing vocals
1. Arcturus Rising Part 1
2. After The Rain
3. All Or Nothing
4. Living On The Sun
5. The Quckening
6. Legions Of The Brave
7. Arcturus Rising Part 2
8. Grinding The Bastards Down
9. Going Home
10. In Evil We Trust
12. The Worlds Burn Away