Circle of Silence
The Blackened Halo
Style: Power Metal
Release date: 29 April, 2011
Playing time: 48:33

There is a band with this name in Holland too, but this is definitely a German act. After the first riffs and listening to the vocalist there is no doubt about it. The German sound is deeply solidified in their music. Rather cliché power metal with a thrash vibe, not with a high pitched singer, but one with a rough edge.

If you like this German style, there is nothing wrong with this album. Rage, Mystic Prophecy and Rebellion are bands you can compare them with. Sometimes there are riffs that remind me of Annihilator, but that's just for a short moment. I think this will be perfect music for the German market, but I doubt if it will break some bones outside their country. In my opinion it is not special enough and too average. Nothing new and nothing earthshaking.

German Gründlichkeit!


01. Synthetic Sleep
02. Left to Die
03. Exception
04. 21 Grams
05. The Blackened Halo
06. Take Your Life
07. Never Forget
08. Reflections
09. Redesign
10. The End
11. Until the Worlds Collide

Label: Massacre Records
Distribution: Target (Denmark)
Reviewed by: Reinier de Vries
Date: 27 April, 2011