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Red Circuit - Trance State
For me this is the first time that I review a progressive metal band. And it’s a quite good one too! Red Circuit is a six headed band from Germany and contains members who also played in bands like Firewind, Avalon and Sheela.
 
Their music is described as progressive metal. That is in a way correct. Though I believe that in a lot of situations it’s almost impossible to attach a correct style description to the bands music. For example. with this band I also hear a lot of rocky-metal riffs. Okay, it’s also progressive. They got that 80’s voice, the synths and all those things that sort of instantly are connected to the ‘progressive’ style definition. Still, I expected a sort of Dream Theater band. Maybe that was just I bit ignorant of me. It’s too easy to compare it with Dream Theater as they are for a lot people the standard for progressive music.
 
Red Circuit’s music is pretty accessible. Their songs are easy to listen to but still keep your attention. They’re not making it too complex with weird rhythms and technical highlights (which I expected). They sort of keep it listenable without keeping it ‘standerd’. With that I don’t mean that they’re not technical! They do rock and certainly are skilled. Great guiding drums, rocking metal riffs, clearly present but subtle synths with up filling bass parts and very melodic diversified vocals is what Red Circuit is about.
 
The song “Where you are” starts with a nice classical intro. Then an easy going pounding metal riff with a kick ass solo on it. The song even got a little! ballad thing in it. “So hard to be like god”  is a great example for what I mean with a mix between heavy rock and metal. And a funny thing… “Go straight” got a riff that reminded me of a Rammstein song, namely Tier. Compare it and you will second me here. All songs are produced really well! How else can that be with Markus Teske as both producer and band member! He also is the producer and engineer of bands such as Symphony X, Neal Morse and Ian Parry’s Consortium Project.


Love,

Maurits
Red Circuit - Trance State
79/1001Details Limp Music Products
Released on Friday Feb 24th, 2006
progessive metal

Writer @Maurits on Saturday Feb 18th, 2006

Tags: #Red Circuit
Tracklisting 01 Under the sun
02 Is it gold?
03 The Veil
04 Where You Are
05 So hard to be like god
06 You might have been queen
07 Search for your soul
08 The screen
09 Go straight
10 Trance state
Line up Chity Sompala – Vocals
Markus Teske – Synths
Oliver Noerdlinger - Guitar
Tommy Schmitt – Bass
Frank Bodenheimer – Drums
Christine Wolf – Backing vocals