Circle of Silence – The Rise of Resistance
The forceful building blocks of German power metal (including the likes of Gamma Ray, Blind Guardian, Powerwolf, and Rage) all share something other than a common homeland. Together, they’ve helped to mold and shape the genre of power metal into what it is today, but each has brought a different and iconic sound to the table. Germany is well-known for its heavier side to power metal, leaving the “fluffier” and more symphonic driven bands to other various European countries. Flying under the radar, yet hailing from Germany, is the power metal band Circle of Silence. These five guys are standing firm in the German tradition of hard-hitting power metal. Since 2005 Circle of Silence has released only four full length albums, skipping the EP and demo stages and going full throttle to release a good chunk of completely new material. More recently, in May of 2013 their latest release “The Rise of Resistance” hit the market with a bang. Providing listeners with over 50 minutes of riff-driven, gritty power metal, “The Rise of Resistance” is bound to earn this band some respect from heavy metal fans all over the world.
I couldn’t think of a better way to kick off this album than with the track “Blood of Enemies”. Immediately demanding attention from the listener is the thrash-like recording quality to the music. It’s nothing but high gain and riffs galore! One riff after another, ultimately leading to a face melting solo, it’s gripping on to your attention. The music mind will have no other choice but to wonder where the string work can possibly go from here. It’s a perfect blend of that hard-hitting style with a melodic power metal twist. The vocal layering throughout the song is spot on, blending on top of driving drums and galloping bass lines, it’s near perfect. Heavier moments of the album, like “An Oncoming Storm” and “In the Absence of Your God” start off like a straight up thrash metal anthem. Throughout the verses that true power metal hook comes out, and it found again in the choruses which are both unbelievably catchy for such fast-moving songs.
“Reborn From Darkness” really showcases the great song writing diversity in the record. It’s slower tempo, and while still quite heavy, it is more groovy than anything on the record. “The Architect of Immortality” comes in as a ballad-like closing track. It’s slow and melodic, featuring more hollow vocals and guitar work than previously heard. Light in the drums, it’s easy to hear great moving bass lines and wonderfully coordinated electric and acoustic guitar work under the haunting vocals.
Circle of Silence pulls off the traditional power metal style quite well, blending it seamlessly with heavier thrash components. It makes for a rather different album than what power metal fans are used to. While some of the songs are slightly repetitive, as the vocal style is not nearly as diverse as the music itself, “The Rise of Resistance” is a must listen for any heavy metal fan. Stretching across all corners of the vast sea of genres, there is something in this album for everyone.
Circle of Silence is:
Nick – Vocals
Tobias – Guitar
Chris – Guitar
Björn – Bass
Pit – Drums