|Review: Red Circuit - Haze of Nemesis|
|Haze of Nemesis|
Label: Limb Music Products
Year released: 2014
Genre: Progressive Power Metal
Review online: March 4, 2015
Reviewed by: MetalMike
for:Haze of Nemesis
Here we have album #3 from Red Circuit a band that features the vocal talents of Chity Somapala, a guy who has spent a fair amount of time fronting numerous bands. The reason for that is the man can sing and is one of the better Melodic Metal singers in the business. He brings just the right amount of grit and finesse to this type of music and has surrounded himself with a talented cast of musicians. Stylistically, Red Circuit plays a Progressive-tinged, mid-paced Power Metal that ranges from up-tempo rockers, like "Oceans Apart" and "Silent Roaring," to brooding anthems like "Serpent's Smile" and the album's title track. The guitars are thick and the riffs meaty though I could do with a few less pinches and squeals. "My Serenade," clocking in at 9:40, shows off the band's epic streak and it is where they most audibly flex their Prog muscles but in no way beat the listener over the head with their technical prowess. The album suffers greatly in the middle section thanks to a pointless cover of Peter Gabriel's "Digging in the Dirt," the insufferably saccharine ballad "My World Collides" and the much too modern "Spear of Fate," where the guitars and Chity's vocals drown in effects. The bonus track "Soldier of Fortune" is decent but nothing that you'd miss if it had been left off Haze of Nemesis.
Red Circuit do some things well and others not so much but Haze of Nemesis is pretty solid overall and if you think a cross between the melody of Mob Rules and the light progressiveness of Orden Ogan sounds appealing then this is one you'll want to check out.
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