Power of Metal.dk Review

Ninth Circle
Legions of the Brave
Style: Heavy Metal
Release date: 30 May, 2014
Playing time: 67:46

Sorry, but this was the first time I listened to music of this band. That is strange if I tell you that they have already existed for 20 years and have 2 self released albums on their palmares. The band has only three members, guitarist Dennis Brown also is responable for the singing and does a good job. He has a warm and powerful voice, which takes the music to a higher level.

The musical style is a combination of symphonic (NWOBHM) metal, AOR and melodic hardrock. If I didn't know that the band hails from the USA, I would have guessed that they were UK based. The foundation of the music is rather Iron Maiden like, with dominating bass lines and guitar melodies and some galopping rhytmns. On top of that they have a rather old school sound reminding of the eighties, which doesn't mean that the production is bad, no it just sounds a bit old school. All in all they don't sound very modern and for some that is a blessing, for others it is too ancient sounding I guess. Besides that they also use a lot of keyboards reminding a bit of the seventies. Perhaps that is also why they covered Deep Purple's "Stormbringer" and as always the original...... (you can fill it in yourself). I think this album will be liked by a lot of melodic old school heavy metal fans who like adult oriented rock as well.

For me it all sounds a little too ancient, but that doesn't change the fact that this is a nice piece of music.

01. Acturus Rising Part 1
After the Rain
All or Nothing
Living on the Sun
The Quickening
Legions of the Brave
Arcturus Rising Part 2
Grinding the Bastards Down
09. Going Home
10. In Evil We Trust
11. Stormbringer
12. The World Burns Away
Label: Pure Rock Records
Distribution: Pure Steel Records
Reviewed by: Reinier de Vries
Date: 29 May, 2014
Website: www.facebook.com/ninthcircleworld