I like to think that once you hear the first few seconds of "Frontman", you pretty much know you're in for one hell of a ride. What Ninth Circle bring to the table is a 80's metal sound for the 00's. Imagine if early Iron Maiden and Journey made love, this is what would come out of the womb. Three blokes from the LA area, with great musicianship and song writing.
When I saw Ninth Circle play in Pomona last month, they really blew me away with a kick arse live show. So I bought their first two albums, and I like to think that "The Power of One" is a great way to introduce this band. This album has a lot of songs that you can bang your head, and sing-a-long to in your car. Once you get past the title track and "The Journey", you're pretty much hooked on this album forever. "Our Last Days" has a pretty good guitar chug for anyone who's a fan of that. The beginning of "Hour 21" has a Maiden feel, which I'm always a sucker for. And speaking of Maiden, Ninth Circle does a cover of "The Trooper" by Iron Maiden. How can you not love this album.
I have to thank Kantation's Martin DeBourge for bringing attention to these guys. Their hooks are really great and do grab your attention. Dennis' melodic vocals is perfect and doesn't sound like generic pop (i.e. Periphery, Monuments, TesseracT). His guitar playing is also great. And of course the rhythm section of Frank and Dave really back Dennis up. These three really make Ninth Circle the well-oiled machine that it is. When finding new bands, I always try to look for the ones who are pushing their sound forward. But Ninth Circle has such a nostalgic sound that I really couldn't avoid them. If you're one of many people who say that today's music sucks, then look up these guys. I'm sure you'll dig these guys if your a old school fan or not. "The Power of One" gets "5 Hitlers Punched In The Face"
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