Label: SPV/Steamhammer 2012
Review by: Urban "Wally" Wallstrom
Question: what's even more boring than Yngwie Malmsteen? Well, I'm sure you all know the answer. Don't get me wrong, Yngwie could do no wrong in the eighties, early nineties. People literally idolized him back then and though of the donut loving Swede as a God! It's all been slightly repetitive in the past decade or so, but at least he's got a legacy. Ehem, Axel Rudi Pell on the other hand, not as much.
You don't have to be a genius to figure out who produced Circle of The Oath? Yes, it's the guitarist again (surprise, surprise!) and it barely sounds like there's any other instrument on the record? The songs? does he ever come up with something new? no, never! 'You can't beat the same beat' is unfortunately a sentence that's forever tied to Axel Rudi Pell. The average rock fan wish someone would tie Pell's hands together though and give the poor guitar a rest. But hey, the characteristic ARP sound maintains as the song structure hasn't really changed in the past twenty plus years. The title track is a keeper though and 'Bridges To Nowhere' could possible work as well. The other tracks are so 'been there, done that', it feels like an endless experience of deja vu.