Circus of Lamia – “Welcome Madness” EP (2011)

Independent Release

Review by Luisa Mercier

“Welcome Madness” is the debut EP of this gothic-metal influenced Swedish band. I really like the imaginary they have created that resembles a bit that of the latest Nightwish release. Of course, the music is really different: the guitar riffing is quite powerful while Jade delivers her rock vocals counterbalanced by Matt on growls. It is quite straightforward metal as you can hear in “Beware of Zombies”.

The beginning of “The Asylum” is very epic and the whole track has an interesting instrumental structure. The rhytm section is very apparent while the the whole song has a prog feeling, slightly avantgarde. “Dreamland” is maybe the heavier track among the three contained in the EP and it has some death-doom hints. The result is a bit chaotic, but enjoyeable. I have read that they recelntly added a keyboard player to their line-up. I am happy they did, it could certainly help develop their sounds in new directions.

Rating – 70/100

 

Tracklist

  1. Beware of Zombies
  2. The Asylum
  3. Dreamland

 

Line Up

  • Jade – Vocals
  • Matt – Vocals
  • Alex – Guitar
  • Fredrik – Keyboard
  • Samuel – Drums

 

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