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On disc: Red Circuit

Homeland - Claudia Ehrhardt - 7 stars


(Limb Music - 2009)

Homeland is the sophomore album of German melodic prog metal band Red Circuit. The band was founded by keyboardist Markus Teske in 2006 and in the same year their debut Trance State was released.
They kick off with the title track, a keyboard-based melodic tune with heavy riffs and the raspy voice of Chitral Somapala. Mainly up-tempo the tune also adds some slower passages and symphonic elements. Keyboard leads you slowly into The World Forgotten Sons, but then the song explodes and guitar riffs domiante. The song reminds me a bit of Vanden Plas, even if I can't really fathom why... The fast Through The Eyes Of A Child is a more straight forward tune, more melodic metal then progressive metal, even if it has progressive passages. At Absinth the vocals are too repetitve for me... Not a bad song, but the repetitve vocals start annoying me towards the end. Quite symphonic and keyboard-laden begins See The Light... Reminds me a bit of Conception... Kamelot.... But where their tunes sneak into your brain, Red Circuit don't achieve this. I miss some catchy hook, something which haunts you. Don't get me wrong, I'm not looking for an album full of ear catchers, but a track which sticks.
The songs are well performed and have all the elements you expect in a melodic progressive metal tune, but they can't surprise me.... The songs sound familiar, too familiar... Okay, this is their second album, but the guys are all quite experienced, so I hope they can surprise me next time!

7 stars

Claudia Ehrhardt


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