Released: 2014, Limb Records
Chity Somapala, one of the most kick-ass Power Metal vocalists on the planet, is back with a third album by Red Circuit. This is the first review of a Red Circuit album on this site although they only have three studio albums since forming about eight or nine years ago. I bought their debut back in the day and enjoyed it so I was excited to hear the new album.
This German, progressive Power Metal band have many good qualities. Starting from the cover art that depicts a naked flaming angel chick, which is always a strong Metal image. The quintet is still on the mighty Limb Records and in the several years since their last album, they have switched drummers. Aside from that, there were no other significant changes.
RED CIRCUIT brand of progressive Power Metal is very enjoyable, not too elaborate but always possessing strong song-writing. The sound is not too keyboard-heavy but there are some very minor elements of orchestration. The songs are in the four minute range, with good character and nice melodies but also lots of good guitar. It’s not too aggressive or dangerous but just has the right amount of bite. I could easily see Kamelot fans digging this band.
Chity’s powerful voice is rugged and full of grit and energy, but also with good range and power. It is easy to see why he is so in demand as a guest vocalist or session guy. The rest of the band keep pace with solid individual performances and in places some flashy playing. The pace is largely mid-tempo with variations dropping into slower cuts and faster ones, but mostly mid-tempo. Highlights fro me are ‘Serpent’s Smile’ and the duet with Amanda Sommerville is nice as she is very talented. The ballads, ‘Worlds Will collide’ is gorgeous with an acoustic piano accompaniment. The band also throw in a cover tune originally done by Peter Gabriel, that I don’t recognize.
HAZE OF NEMESIS has it all, cool art, a cover tune, a guest vocalist, a ballad fast songs, and lots of great music. It is a very well rounded album that any progressive Power Metal fan is sure to enjoy.