|Review: Savage Circus - Of Doom and Death|
|Of Doom and Death|
Label: Dockyard 1
Year released: 2009
Genre: Power Metal
Review online: June 9, 2010
Reviewed by: Christopher Foley
for:Of Doom and Death
This album has received a fair amount of shit/sub-par reviews and in all fairness it's undeserved. Yes you can cry all you like about these guys ripping off Blind Guardian, but to be fair Blind Guardian don't play this style of Power Metal anymore and for those of us who lap that sound up this is the next best thing. It's a given that their debut could have been a Blind Guardian album, however I think there's a lot more to Of Doom and Death. For starters Piet Sielck's involvement is more recognizable here, studying his work over the years it's not hard to see he could put out this kind of material, having helped Blind Guardian in the past. This release screams Piet Sielck. His vocals are the perfect accompaniment to those of Persuader's Jens Carlsson who are of course very similar to Hansi, together they sound fantastic, with Piet having a lot more vocal parts than your average backing vocalist.
Every track on here delivers, in particular "The Ordeal" featuring one of the best choruses I've heard in a while. The guitar tone is perfect and the production is sublime, Thomen Stauch isn't missed in the slightest, with the perfectly capable Mike Terrana filling his spot, providing his powerful style of drumming – the guy is like a fucking machine. Honestly Terrana is the perfect guy for the job, without a doubt one of the best around – just take a look at his credentials. Whilst still retaining the Blind Guardian sound I still think there's enough on offer to differentiate Savage Circus from their source of inspiration. Riff-wise they keep things a lot heavier, reminding me a lot of Iron Savior, especially around the time of Unification. There are a few parts where Gamma Ray spring to mind – again with the Germans.
Overall this is Blind Guardian meets Iron Savior, and while far from perfect Of Doom and Death is a very enjoyable release. Ass kicking power metal, with insane guitar harmonies is the order of the day here although I'd expect us all to know that one. What I think makes Savage Circus really special is that while they pay homage to Blind Guardian, there's some ultimate homage to the majority of the old German speed metal acts – Savage Circus add nice ideas to a previously established sound. If you're looking for originality you won't find it here, but is that all it should be about?
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