NINTH CIRCLE - LEGIONS OF THE BRAVE (Pure Rock Records)
Now this label threw Ninth Circle on my desk, a band that is heading from out of Los Angeles, USA. Stefan, coordinator of Metal To Infinity is a man I know since the middle ages and he knows what my taste of Metal really is. So, Ninth Circle was a welcome present because this really is a good band. These guys are not renewing the genre but it has been a long time I’ve heard such a refreshing ‘odd’ sound. This is melodic Heavy Metal at the boundaries of Hard Rock at some points, but it gives me some kind of summer breeze. You know the feeling when you listen to “Last Train Home” from Armored Saint or “Let Them Eat Metal” from the Rods? Something special, no? Well, it is to me and I get the same kind of pleasant goose bumps with this one.
This trio doesn’t overwhelm with a powerful sound of wall but discovered the secret of excellent song writing. Song after song I hear some god musicians, playing with an overload of pleasure for this kind of music. And that they can play their instruments is easily proven by the fact that at some points they even sound a bit neo-classical, what isn’t obvious for a trio.
This band will not shock the world nor will they become the newest Metal sensation. These guys are clearly heading from the mighty Eighties and are inspired by tons of melodic bands that were active in that era. There are plenty of bands I can compare Ninth Circle with but these guys are strong enough to create their own sound in this style. As I’ve said before, no inventors of a new genre here but God damned, this sounds good. Fans of Y&T, TNT, Dokken, Armored Saint, The Rods…. You know what I am talking about?
What I really adore is the way some samples are weaved into the songs. People who read my reviews before know I have something with it… Also the keyboards are very well used here, creating that subtle atmosphere this album makes so good. Maybe, after listening the entire album a few times, there is a bit of exaggerating which wasn’t really necessary. The songs are strong enough to make it without them… Dennis Brown seems to be the guitar player and singer of the band and I bow my head deep for this guy. He’s not the newest sensation but he has a vocal sound that must excite every listener! His voice is warm, clear and really pleasant to listen to. The title track is the best song to me and this is really a track every Metal fan, except for the purists of the extreme kind of Metal, should give a try. The brand for the entire album are excellent vocals, outstanding songs and fantastic guitars in riffs and leads!
This is an easy one… Ninth Circle is a fantastic band that delivers a very good product. I don’t have anything bad to say about these guys. This is a very good album in its genre. Check these guys out at: http://www.ninthcircle.us .
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