have nothing but respect for Zak Stevens; he will forever remain one of
my favorite power metal vocalists. What he created with Savatage no one
can ever take away from the guy.
it is really frustrating to hear him sing on this new Circle II Circle
album, because like on the previous 2 albums the only thing getting
close to brilliance is Zak's vocals! He once more proves that he belongs
among the very best power metal vocalists; I wish I could say the same
about the compositions and his band, but not a single song stands out,
each and everyone is pretty much at the same level. The guitar work
fails to convince me, and the guitar sound could be a lot better...
album is concept album dealing with the same topics as 'The Da Vinci
Code' and 'Holy Blood, Holy Grail', and do check the pretty cool story
out on the Circle II Circle site. And it's not a bad album; it's just not a great one either -
besides Zak's vocals this one comes across without conviction and power.
Even after 10-12 spins I fail to remember a single song,
but maybe it's just me and this album... not sure but give it a try if
you like Zak's previous work.