Label: Electrum 2011
Review by: Urban "Wally" Wallstrom
Pay attention fantasy RPG and Tolkien fans as you're about to enter the magical world of the Circle Of The Brads. Goblins and ogres, dragons and warriors, ehh, it's the medieval concept aimed to please fans of the acoustic side of Blind Guardian as well as Blackmore's Night. It's the idea of one man, the laidback solo album of vocalist/songwriter Mariusz Migalka and the result is quite pleasing if you're into the whole concept of "celtic" fantasy arrangements. It's all very professional done and executed and the perfect soundtrack to any "Tolkien" evening at your local pub (huh?).
Admittedly the "fantasy" sound and familiar concept will help bring the songs across the web and any nerdy RPG gathering will adore the likes of "My Magic Song", "Scarlet Moon", "Fighting The Dragons", etc. Musically, Circle Of Bards can definitely expect to be earmarked "dungeons and dragons" and I'm sure there's a lot worse things if life. At their best, they combine celtic melodies and medieval sounds with Blind Guardian (the acoustic side as this is stickly "acoustic") melodies and I like it quite a bit. Two out of eleven tracks are sung in their native Polish language though and that's a big no-no in my books. Otherwise a nice experience and surprise.