I have nothing but the utmost respect for Zak Stevens and his
contribution to the metal scene, and he proves once more that he has one of the
best and strongest voices in power metal. But I am slowly beginning to lose my
patience with his Circle II Circle project, because an outstanding vocal
performance simply isn't enough to make this a great album. It's fine, but not
Zak Stevens delivers one of his best performances ever, but
the music is for most parts not strong enough to support his great performance.
He clearly outshines the music on many occasions and his performance alone makes
this an interesting album worth noticing, but I do wish that the music had the
same high standard all the way.
And they do rock hard and there are some good songs among the
lot, and the first single "Every Last Things" is the best song they have ever
written, so it's not all bleak... And I must admit that the album has grown on
me (not literally) after many, many spins in my disc player and I do like it
more and more...