Welcome to the Absurd Circus

Label: Frontiers Music
Three similar bands: Rhapsody/Vision Divine/DGM

Rating: HHHHHHH (3/7)
Reviewer: Daniel Källmalm
1. The Absurd Circus
2. Live Today
3. One More Last Chance
4. As Long As It Lasts
5. Den of Snakes
6. Word's Minefield
7. The Unexpected
8. Dancing with Tears in My Eyes
9. Sleepwalker
10. A Reason to Survive
11. Finally Free

Roberto Tiranti — vocals
Andrea Cantarelli — guitars
Olaf Thörsen — guitars
Nik Mazzucconi — bass
Oleg Smirnoff — keyboards
Mattia Peruzzi — drums

No Limits (1996)
Return to Heaven Denied (1998)
Timeless Crime (EP 1999)
Sons of Thunder (2001)
Labyrinth (2003)
Freeman (2005)
6 Days to Nowhere (2007)
Return to Heaven Denied Pt. II - "A Midnight Autumn's Dream" (2010)
Architecture of a God (2017)



Released 2021-01-22
Reviewed 2021-05-13



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They are one of the early power metallers from Italy, the debut came already in 1996 and since then they have made several albums. They may be one of the more influential bands from Italy, but I have never really thought they were one of the best. They have done good stuff though so with the promise of an absurd circus it wouldn’t be completely misplaced to hope for an album with fresh ideas and some absurd ideas – Italian bands are usually quite good at being a bit outrageous, so maybe Olaf and co are as well.

This album is a power metal album, with songs that are quite typical of the genre – they also cover Ultravox. The sound is pretty modern, the singer pretty good, it is a solid production. There is nothing circus or absurd about it, it is quite ordinary in terms of style. The songs are eleven, and besides a cover there isn’t anything surprising about those songs, they are the expected variety. The album is a bit long with a playing time that reaches past the hour, I think that is a bit too much – especially since there isn’t much variation in throughout the songs.

Surprisingly dull, that has been my impression since I first listened to this album. The only good song is the cover, I wonder if that can be interpreted as something when the cover is the only song of value while the band’s own compositions are mediocre. It just isn’t an album that makes much a strong impression on me as a listener, and I think albums needs to provide novelty and greatness to be worthy of attention – this album gives us neither of that, just tame and mediocre power metal of a kind that we have heard to death already. I itself it is difficult to point at any particular weakness, the production itself is fine and everything, the songs are awful either, but it is an album that fails to impress in any regard.

Both cover and content are below par and I don’t see any point in wasting time on this release, there are just so many better choices out there. I think it is a surprisingly bad album, Italian rockers are usually over the top, interesting, sometimes really bad, but rarely boring like this one. No, I think you should look elsewhere as this mediocre and pointless album will not make you happy.