04:42 - Ceddybu I feel like those cheese makers who spent like 100 years aging crazy cheeses to perfection are pretty pissed about the reputation their food has.
04:41 - Redn1ght The cheesyness was a fun factor for me. I want to listen to bands with some orchestral elements and heavy instruments. Anyone know something like this?
04:37 - BoxCar Willy Dawn of Victory is the only decent album they wrote. You could pour it on nachos tho, it's so cheesy.
04:37 - Ceddybu I was just kidding, cause you know power metal and everyone having a slave-era southerner brand of hatred towards it. Emerald Sword is a mighty song though. and their 2010 album was pretty good
04:33 - Troy Killjoy Just going by the stats on this site, no idea what any Rhapsody album sounds like.
01. Modern Roman Circus 02. Just Be Yourself 03. No Chance To Be Reborn 04. Begging For Forgiveness 05. Wake Up 06. At The End Of The Journey 07. Ghosts From The Past 08. Still Alive 09. Flying 10. Inside Of Me 11. Dreams
Somewhere In The Circle may sound like a posthumous Dio album but Helker perform with a sound consistency on this release. The influence of the late Ronnie James in this Argentine band's sound is obvious and for this reason I find myself naturally enjoying what is a strong if unoriginal set of heavy metal numbers.
Their vocalist Diego Valdez clearly has no issue with the uncanny resemblance, but then who in their right mind wouldn't want to carry such a voice? And I would be remiss to suggest he doesn't know how to make use of it as Valdez uses that similarity of singing style in an environment perfectly suitable which is a hybrid of heavy and power metal. This album is also their English debut with the lyrics for their prior releases being written in Spanish.
Somewhere In The Circle is a satisfying heavy metal output with all the essentials and it has just enough dynamism to keep things moving. With the guitars balanced superbly across the able bodied drum work each track hits heavily even as the album edges closer to power metal at various points such as the closer "Dreams", giving Valdez a chance to exercise some variance with the aid of guest performances from Ralf Scheepers and Tim "Ripper" Owens on "Begging For Forgiveness." Mostly chock full of mid-pacers, save the ballad "Flying," it's well written even if it suffers from a lack of notable features. The style here, however, isn't as remarkable as the performance as Helker tread too closely to a familiar beat.
The lack of high flying cuts has more to do with the consistency than any notable deficiencies in the album's overall sound and production. None of the tracks deviate far from the norm and as a result don't live long enough in the memory.
While this kind of heavy metal doesn't distance itself in compositional identity it does offer obviously seasoned musicianship. If you don't mind forsaking originality then Helker continue well under the inspirational guidance of Dio.