Released: 2013, Ice Warrior
When I discover a band and become a fan I want to hear more of them, not less! I do not buy into the broad and poor assumption that quantity automatically negates quality. There are bands that are very prolific and have consistently high quality albums. There are also bands like Moonlight Circus that is not prolific at all but still mange to keep the quality levels high.
I really enjoyed the debut album by Moonlight Circus. OUTSKIRTS OF REALITY came out on the smaller Italian record label, Elevate Records back in 2000. I bought it and liked it. I never heard from them again, until now. I just had assumed that they disbanded. They reformed in 2013 and I was delighted to see they have released their second album, MADNESS IN MASK. 13 years between records is a long time, it can kill careers and I doubt that many even remember this band, except the few loyalists like myself. If you really want to get into some ancient history and trivia, Moonlight Circus evolved from another defunct Italian Power/Prog band, Black Jester, who of course had an album called WELCOME TO THE MOONLIGHT CIRCUS.
Despite the awkward title, and a plain album cover, it is good to hear MOONLIGHT CIRCUS again. The band is now on the small, but very cool record label, Icewarrior and in the intervening years there have been a few other changes. You can’t go that long between albums and expect to keep the exact same line-up. MADNESS IN MASK debuts a new singer and new drummer. The new singer I think is a bit stronger and he has an appealing voice with range and clarity. This classic Italian Power/Prog and all the elements commonly found in the genre…huge long songs, soaring high vocals telling metaphysical tales of eternity and time, madness and insanity, multiple musical virtuosos all competing for space, safe, clean guitar tones and oceans of keyboards, all enough to sink a ship. Perfect!
I’m very pleased the band is back and they have retained the sound and style that attracted me to them in the first place. I hope we don’t have to wait another 13 years for a new album!