CIRCLE'S LINE - CIRCLE'S LINE (Steel Gallery Records)
(Review by Stefan)
Greek label Arkeyn Steel Records recently added two new albums to their ranks as being a re-release of US Classic Metal band August and the brand new cut/debut effort from countrymen Circle’s Line, actually unleashed through sub-label Steel Gallery Records. Circle’s Line is a brand new outfit, formed in late 2011 by Heavy Metal guru/guitarist Panagiotis ‘Panos’ Kaides who’s also the songwriter of the band. Panis has lit the fuse who started to ignite for real when frontman Tasos Karapapazoglou (ex-Nemesis) joined forces. Fact is that Circle’s Line actually can be considered as a project mainly mastered by two grandmasters in long time Heavy Metal delivery.
You can’t start a full-fledged band with only two musicians so both Panos and Tasos had to find some employees which were found by the names of Taxiarhis Apostolakopoulos (bass), Andronis Christophoros (Acoustic guitar), Kostas Poulkos (additional bass) and drummer Tsilikoudis Nikos. The cool artwork has been, with great dedication and talent, delivered by John Stamatis. As regards to so-called project albums, the line-up mostly contains well skilled musicians so I had to find out whether this was the case with Circle’s Line as well.
First thing I noticed was the very good sound quality and about Circle’s Line style of music, be prepared for a strong dose of unadulterated Heavy Metal music and a strong, solid link to the good old days of NWOBHM. CL’s debut album brings an homage to the biggest, timeless Metal heroes in history. Everyone who likes unique, hard to compare with others type vocals will have a very good time listening to the entire album. Be sure that these Greeks’ leading person named Tasos fully meets all these conditions, he’s a great singer anyway! Based on the melodic and technical side of the band’s songs, old school maniacs bearing bands like Dio, Priest, Maiden, Savage, Firewind, Tytan, Hellanbach, Spartan Warrior, Blind Fury and stuff in their heart better purchase the album on the double. Most of the tracks also bring an heroic feel above, therefore I’d like to mention a reference to greats like old Blind Guardian/Demons and Wizards, Iced Earth, Ironsword, Battleroar, Heavy Load, Brocas Helm among others.
They succeed not to diminish my attention throughout the entire running time of nearly 44 minutes and that’s a good point. It proves that this band has left a good impression on my inner self, as a 50 years old Classic Heavy Metal addict… old, balding but still hooked on this heartening way of music you know! The album hasn’t anything to do with the contemporary Metal movement, all of the songs reflect the vibes of everlasting 80s Heavy Metal music alternating with equally beloved elements taken from the NWOBHM era. All things considered, really good effort (produced by both Panos and Tasos) made by a new talented band, mainly offered to the old school generation metalheads. Available as jewel box including a professional looking, 12 pages counting, full coloured booklet Order all the goods right HERE. Band info at: http://www.reverbnation.com/circlesline
My Points: 85 / 100
95+ : Outstanding, high valued albums & Classic Ones… a direct purchase is advisable !
Between 90 and 95: Surpasses the style of music, must be heard/ordered by every Metal fan
Between 80 and 89: Good in its own genre, recommended for those hooked on it
Between 70 and 79: Decent but best previewing
Between 60 and 69: Rather moderate
Between 50 and 59: Bad, substandard
50- : Rubbish