"Circus" (Locomotive; 2004)

Reviewed by Christopher J. Kelter

Circus is a melodic hard rock band from Spain that has just released their self-titled debut album. What’s neat about “Circus” is that it isn’t just pure melodic hard rock. All twelve songs on the disc evoke a gothic rock mood that reminds me Finland’s H.I.M. And that’s a good thing as I’ve really begun to like the goth-rock sound for a change in pace to contrast the speedy metal I’ve been listening to lately.

Everything is sung in Spanish so I am at loss for words to describe they lyrical content. However, if the tone of the vocals stand for anything the vocals bridge the stylistic divide between emotionally weariness and the slightest glimmer of hope.

Circus covers David Bowie’s “Heroes” and this nod to the old-school origins of arty rock is a nice touch.

I like what I hear on Circus’ debut – I just wished it rocked a little harder from beginning to end.

Circus: Pablo Giaretta on vocals, guitar, and piano, Sergio Paton on bass, and Jose R. Magento on drums.

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Rating Guide:

A classic. This record will kick your ass.

Killer. Not a classic but it will rock your world.

So-so. You've heard better.

Pretty bad. Might make a nice coaster.

Self explanatory. Just the sight of the cover makes you wanna hurl.

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