|Review: Savage Circus - Dreamland Manor|
Label: Dockyard 1
Year released: 2005
Genre: Power Metal
Review online: February 12, 2006
Reviewed by: Christian Renner
Rated 4.27/5 (85.45%) (11 Votes)
For those of you that have not heard of this band I will offer a little background. The band was started when Thomen Stauch left a little band named Blind Guardian last year. Although this is a new band the members are anything but new to the metal scene. You have Thomen Stauch on Drums (Blind Guardian), Jens Carlsson on Vocals (Persuader), Emil Norberg on Guitars (Persuader) and last but certainly not least a Mr. Piet Sielk on Guitars (If you don't know this guy you are obviously at this website by mistake).
So what new and refreshing ideas do you get when you mix all this talent together? Well surprisingly enough…ahhh…none. That's right I said NONE. What you have here is your garden variety standard fare Blind Guardian circa 1991-1996. I am not saying this band kind of sounds like Blind Guardian I am saying they could actually be mistaken for Blind Guardian if you didn't put the disc in yourself. The up tempo power metal songs with tons of double bass drumming, excellent musicianship and a singer that could be a dead ringer for a 1991-1996 circa Hansi Kursch is exactly what you will get with this album. For more than a few people out there this is a wet dream come true but as for me I was actually hoping for at least a little originality. Don't get me wrong the album is actually very good for what it is and in all reality it was my expectations and not the album itself that let me down. I just really don't see the purpose of leaving one band to form another band to be exactly the same as the band you just left.
Overall if you are a fan of Blind Guardian you will absolutely be working a chubby while listening to this album and if you are not a fan then this album will do absolutely positively nothing for you. Bottom line is this is a pretty good power metal album that I swear I have already heard.
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