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Album Review: Circuline - Circulive: New View

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Circuline | Circulive: New View

(Inner Nova Music)
Circulinemusic.com

Red-Hook based Circuline melds new-breed boldness with classic prog rock on this CD/DVD/Blu-Ray digipak. Echoing dynamic masters King Crimson, Yes, and Genesis, this tour de force maintains a flamboyant flavor for the 21st century. Recorded at the first International ProgStock Festival, the gig kicks off with stunning dissonance from bombastic keyboardists/percussionists Andrew Colyer and Darin Brannon, zigzagging between calm and chaos. "Piano Challenge" showcases the two as they duel center stage in a glowing game where everyone wins. Powerhouse Natalie Brown is a refreshing change in a traditionally male-dominated vocal arena. Guitarist/vocalist William "Billy" Spillane, bassist/drummer Joel Simches, and guitarist/percussionist Alek Darson round things out, with each soloist dazzling listeners in turn. Circulive may be best enjoyed by those familiar with their studio recordings, but in an age devoid of live performances, this weighted release is a clever strategy to welcome fans of cinematic rock and exhilarating soundscapes.

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