Isolate

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Band Name Circus Maximus
Album Name Isolate
Type Album
Released date 31 August 2007
Music StyleProgressive Metal
Members owning this album54

Tracklist

1. Darkened Mind 05:33
2. Abyss 05:00
3. Wither 04:46
4. Sane No More 03:55
5. Arrival of Love 04:10
6. Zero 04:50
7. Mouth of Madness 12:42
8. From Childhood's Hour 04:28
9. Ultimate Sacrifice 09:17
Total playing time 54:41

Review @ Vinrock666

10 July 2008
Circus Maximus' 2007 release "Isolate" exhibits a perfect blend of Images and Words to illustrate mankind's soul at its innermost core.

The themes pointed out in the lyrics of all these songs masterfully pair up with a very lush and full bodied musical landscape. Even though at times, the sheer volume of all of this can seem busy and overwhelming to the point where the songs seem lost, for the most part this cohesion plays out wonderfully.
For example, the best song on the album ("Wither"), followed by the instrumental "Sane No More" and the uplifting "Arrival Of Love", form a trilogy of sorts the way both the ideas and the musical range drive parallel to each other throughout.
Simply put, it starts out with the loss of one love, then after plummeting into an internal void and grappling with one's own sanity, the man in the end discovers a new hope in the form of another love. This storyline appears just as clear musically from the low tones of loss to the higher, more happier sounds reminiscent of a sunrise shedding light on a new day.

When all of these elements are fused together perfectly, like the afformentioned songs above, Circus Maximus is at their best ; However, some of the other tracks, while using the same formula, have ended up muddled and confusing.
"Mouth Of Madness", the apparent epic song of "Isolate", gets a little nerdy with its main idea - a kind of poor man's Jacobs Ladder with a little Matrix thrown in - and, because of this, the music follows suit with a lack of continuity. Even though a chorus line is repeated at the end, the bulk of the piece feels lost. When a complex idea like this isn't properly expressed = the song becomes just too long and ends up having no sense of purpose.
"Ultimate Sacrifice", though, fares much better and the reason for that may be due to the personal nature of the song itself - a possible line of reasoning from the writer that the collective loss by the band will be our gain by the audience. I buy this as a central motivator for Circus Maximus.

"Isolate" sounds much more than just lines filled in with a lot of notes ; There is a real sense of feeling and connection here, and for that Circus Maximus should be commended for this solid piece of artistic display.

You're not alone, boys, we hear ya and we're with ya.

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