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Circle Of Pain - Classic Tunes Live (DVD)

Circle Of Pain
Classic Tunes Live - The DVD
by Grigoris Chronis at 07 September 2005, 10:19 AM

Nothing did I know about this band - except of having heard their name sometime, somewhere - when I was assigned with the DVD review. It is usual for a DVD review - if this is your first connection to a band - to grab you by the balls due to the visual 'trap'. Hence, I was double as careful to focus on the music on first basis.
German band Circle Of Pain released a concept album back in 2001, entitled Paradox Of Destitution (MTM). Due to the album's symphonic 'vibe', the sextet toured for nearly two years with the addition (at selected events?) of a full symphonic orchestra. They performed the whole album from start to finish, as predicted, and gained good recognition in their home country (at least). One of those concerts was released as a two-CD set featuring the Sudhessen Symphonic Orchestra and a choir on a few songs. Since the CD issue was not delivered in our hands, we'll judge the DVD 'case' in en extended musical direction.
First of all, the DVD's production is outstanding. Great multi-camera 'rolling', terrific sound, very good picture and accurate sound. The DVD's artwork is also tasteful, in a deluxe package featuring a 'vivid' informational booklet. The menu is rather useful, with various extras - apart from the normal two-CD show - marking covers of Bon Jovi's Runaway, Patty Smith's Because The Night, Bob Dylan's Knocking On Heaven's Door and U.F.O.'s Doctor, Doctor. Circle Of Pain also perform an acoustic set of 3 songs on the 2nd half of the concert, while other extras include interviews with the band, backstage and 'show preparation' footage, a TV broadcast with the band plus a luxurious photo gallery. Really great selections, all of them, as a menu.
As for the music itself: unless you are rather keen on listening to full-keyboard harmonic songs with a pomp 'vibe', you will possibly find this band/music/DVD quite 'flat' in grooves. I even do not know what followers of the genre will have to say. To expand: Circle Of Pain's music is one foot in Royal Hunt's pompous  output while the other lies on the more 'symphonic' parts of bands like Axxis. There also is a Hard Rock vibe in most of the band's tunes, really 'filtered' through the keyboard domination, while both axemen seem keen on letting some Eddie Van Halen or George Lynch techniques bursting out. Then, keys are on top again and - plus the countless violins etc - no electricity can be obvious onstage. Catchy solos, good melodies, wonderful Meine-isque voice but also a boring crowd sum it up to…
…a release applicable to the likes of Royal Hunt fans and followers of similar 'taste'. Edenbridge could sound like this in a man's voice, Evergrey have a similar approach in a more Scandinavian way…dunno what else can help. Try it if you really 'tie it up' to what's said above. Any way, Circle Of Pain's music is an interesting combination and I'll have an eye on them for their next studio effort.

3 Star Rating

Disc 1

All The Time
The Way
Addressee Unknown
The Cage
Falling Snow
Cold December Morning
Winter Sun
Lonely Path Narration
Lonely Path
The Cliff
After The Fall

Disc 2

Back To Bosnia
Calm Before The Storm
Doctor, Doctor
Because The Night
Knocking On Heavens Door
Only Yesterday
Paradox Drums
Uwe Johann - Vocals
Gee Kay - Guitars
Dirk Kraemer - Guitars
Sandro Lo Giudiee - Bass
Holdy Wahlig - Drums
Record Label: ZYX


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