Rating:
8.0
Red Circuit - Trance State
2006


01. Under The Sun
02. Is It Gold?!
03. The Veil
04. Where You Are
05. So Hard To Be Like God
06. Search For Your Soul
07. You Might Have Been Queen
08. The Screen
09. Go Straight
10. Trance State


Progressive Metal
Label: Limb Music
Distribution in France, and to buy the album => http://www.underclass-music.com
Germany: 2006
Length: 41:33

Line-Up on the CD:
Vocals: Chity Somapala
Guitars: Oliver Noerdlinger
Bass: Tommy Schmitt
Drums: Frank Bodenheimer
Keyboards: Markus Teske

Guest Musicians:
Guitars solo on "The Veil": Stephan Lill
Guitars solo on "Search For Your Soul": Patrick Rondat
Guitars solo on "Is It Gold?!": Stephan Forté
Backing vocals on all songs except "Under The Sun" and "The Screen": Jojo Nimtz
Violins on all songs except "The Veil", "Is It Gold?!" and "You Might Have Been Queen": Felix Manhart


Red Circuit is a really nice surprise for me. The band of the keyboardist Markus Teske, where are featured great musicians like Chity Somapala, plays a really good Progressive Metal in the vein of Threshold and Vanden Plas. And it's not so surprising to see that the producer of the album are Markus Teske and… Andy Kuntz…

Red Circuit plays Progressive Metal but nevertheless, don't expect something extremely technical and boring in reason of its pseudo-intellectual musical composition. The songs are direct and a track like "Under The Sun" with its excellent catchy melody produced by the keyboards in addition of some big riffs a la Symphony X or Adagio is a pure hit. Also, this is not the first time that I'm talking about him but Chity Somapala is without any doubt one of the best singers of the actual Metal scene. His hoarse vocals will catch your attention and if you still don't know him, I'm sure that a lot of you will fall in love with his voice.

But one of the excellent points of the album is without any doubt the guest performances of some great and talented guitarists: Mr Patrick Rondat on "Search For Your Soul", Stephan Lill on "The Veil" and Stephan Forté on "Is It Gold?!". This is really cool because they give their own touch to the music of Red Circuit, and if I don't say that they change the music at least it's easy to see their influences on the songs. That's classy.

The production is ok but it's not the best that I ever seen too. On a side, since that the songs are powerful and full of big riffs in general it's not so disturbing. We cannot miss the instruments and even if Markus Teske is the "head" of the band it's nice to see that the Keyboards is not overproduced and never hide the others instruments.

The first album of Red Circuit is a really nice production. First they chose some great musicians and an amazing singer but, even if some songs are weaker than some others, the release is full of good things and for a first album this is extremely promising. Fans of heavy Progressive Metal, you'll have to keep an eye on this band, you can trust me.

Performance: 9
Songwriting: 9
Originality: 7
Production: 7


Website: http://www.redcircuit.de/


 


written by Jeff | 29.06.2006



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Mariusz - 30.06.2006 at 03:11  
Very good metal for me. Glorious vocals, hard riffs, climatic keyboards, good rhythmic drums - it is all what I'm searching in the metal music. I've hope that all this well known persons in the Red Circuit line-up will be able to create many good songs, 'cause I think that it is sometimes hard to adapt such a good musicians. I wish all the best to Red Circuit.
Bloodshed - 01.07.2006 at 04:56  
I've never been a fanatic of this kind of music, but when I saw this album was co-produced by Andy Kuntz I instantly told myself to check this band, I finally found their album and I think it's a fairly good band as you said Jeff and I surely think you gave the perfect rating man, you did a great review, while I was reading it I was like yeah...yeah...oh fuck yeah...totally yeah.

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