With Consequence of Power Zak Steven's Circle II Circle brings their fifth album in only seven years. That's quite an accomplishment, nearly prolific. While some still like to refer to CIIC as Savatage Part Deux, Stevens and company haven't really traveled that road since 2006's Burden of Truth (or earlier).
With Consequence of Power all those comparisons should dissolve. This album is a case of 'the same, but different' school of metal. Those strong elements of American power and progressive metal still remain on Consequence of Power, but this work is also seasoned with a greater heaviness and a more modern feel.
Honestly, the opening salvo, Whispers in Vain, put a monkey in the wrench. What the frack? This is not the CIIC that I know and love. Or is it? The title track and Out of Nowhere follow, and I'm thinking 'this is a different path.' Or is it? I'm listening and thinking hints of Disturbed and maybe even Godsmack. Or name your modern metal poison. Maybe not. Then Episodes of Mania and Redemption flood my ancient (analog ready) Advent speakers, and I'm impressed, intrigued, and entertained. This is damn fine stuff. Stevens and CIIC are boldly going, and fans should rejoice. Even better are Out of Nowhere, Mirage, and Take Back Yesterday. That last song remembers why we love CIIC: clever, catchy, accessible, and progressive.
While not the best that Circle II Circle has to offer over five albums, Consequence of Power is different and entertaining. Fans, prepare to be challenged. If you heed the call, you will be better for it.
While not the best that Circle II Circle has to offer over five albums, Consequence of Power is different and entertaining. Fans, prepare to be challenged.
Mat Sinner is both an icon and legend in the German, and the larger European, hard rock and heavy metal scene. Cranking out music since 1982, Sinner is an industrious and prolific musician and producer whether through his namesake band, the heavy metal heroes Primal ... [ Read More ]