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   CIRCLE II CIRCLE
Watching In Silence
2003
AFM Records
http://www.circle2circle.net


rating: 5/5

1. Out Of Reach
2. Sea Of White
3. Into The Wind
4. Watching In Silence
5. Forgiven
6. Lies
7. Face To Face
8. Walls
9. The Circle
10. F.O.S.

Zak Stevens is back! The former Savatage vocalist needed a break from the whole music bizz, found new challenges and is now back, proud as hell, with his own band - even though he wrote this album with his old Sava companions Jon Oliva and Chris Caffery. So you can whine about him using this Savatage-connection or you can just get past it and enjoy an album with 10 true gems! To him it's a tribute to his old band and I have to say that at the same time the album breathes new enthusiasm and the drive to do his own thing. It figures that a lot of songs have a Sava sound, but there's also a more modern edge to it (no not "nu"-modern!!) and songs like "Sea Of White" (starting with a driving bass) show which way Zak wants to go with this band. I'm confident that he'll find his own way. He got a bunch of very talented musicians gathered around him, I'm sure they'll have a bigger influence on the next album when they've had a chance to contribute in the songwriting. In general this Circle II Circle debut is a bit more melodic than Sava, there are slower songs like "Face To Face" or my favorite ,"Walls", and more uptempo stuff like "The Circle" (about feeling the adrenaline rise, listening to the signs, how he turned the page but is back in the circle again now), but most of it is typical midtempo stuff, best compared to the mid-Sava-era. With awesome vocals of course (it's so wonderful to hear his voice again) and we get treated to a lot Sava-like vocal harmonies! I can't get enough!

submitted by Marlies 07.05.2003

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