VOODOO CIRCLE - Voodoo Circle

Voodoo Circle - Voodoo Circle

11 songs
58:44 minutes
***
AFM

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Voodoo Circle are one more so-called supergroup from the classical hard rock genre. Founded by Alex Beyrodt, guitarist in Primal Fear and Sinner, the band consists of more or less known artists: bass player Mat Sinner (Sinner), vocalist David Readman (Pink Cream 69), drummer Mel Gaynor (Simple Minds) and well experienced session keyboarder Jimmy Kresic.

Hard rock purists will adore Voodoo Circle, but I blame the band for its absolute refusal of risk taking. The participating musicians guarantee a flawless technical execution, and the production could not possibly have more punch. The songwriting unfortunately is too predictable, allowing the songs to drift between mid-tempo and fast parts without neglecting the melodies. This gives the album a strong Eighties touch reminiscent of Whitesnake, Europe and TNT.

Even the horde of guest musicians – Majestic’s Richard Andersson, Rudi Sarzo of Ozzy Osbourne and Quiet Riot fame and Doogie White from Rainbow and Malmsteen – fail to add more interest. Voodoo Circle sound too old-fashioned, making this debut sound more like an exercise in style than an outpouring of inspiration. Fans of risk-free hard rock should choose the limited digipak edition that comes with two bonus tracks.

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