Released: 2010, AFM Records
Still led by the indomitable Zak Stevens, Tampa Florida’s Circle II Circle have released their 5th album with CONSEQUENCE OF POWER. Those that are familiar with the bands brand of melodic power metal with progressive elements know that they have stuck with their formula with little tinkering over the past five albums. The new album is also one that delivers the trademark goods with little alteration to the delivery. This will surely please all the fans that decry their favorite bands attempts to over correct in the face of slumping sales.
Once again, Zak is the most impressive piece of an already impressive band that does not waste any time in getting down to business with “Whispers In Vain”, a near perfect blend of melody and heaviness, especially during the bridge and chorus. Stand out track would be “Take Back Yesterday”, an instant gripper and a perfect realization of Circle II Circle’s melodic and progressive strengths. The album closes with the expected Savatage-styled piano power ballad “Blood of an Angel”, the kind of song that you either love or hate. Musically, this is a great album with equal emphasis on the drums and guitars both competing with Zak for supremacy. Mostly this is a good thing, as there are plenty of elements for fans to listen to and enjoy. Unfortunately, the production is a bit off, with Zak not getting enough attention and overall the power these songs have does not come across with enough punch in the frequencies.
CONSEQUENCE OF POWER finishes as one of the band’s heavier albums and probably will require a few listens to fully appreciate how catchy most of the songs are. Weaker moments would be when the band occasionally delves into unimaginative Godsmack territory where the guitars become low buzzing drones, but thankfully these passages are few and far between. Fans of the band will be pleased, and if you enjoy solid American power metal reminiscent of latter day Savatage, then you will enjoy this as well.