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After a long absence, A Perfect Circle are back. Now with their fourth studio album, "Eat The Elephant" in stores, their first in fourteen years, A Perfect Circle are once more on the lips of all rock and metal fans who like their music on the more progressive side of things. As part of their tour of Europe, I went along to London's famous Brixton Academy to see what the band are like in the live setting.

Opening the show was Cork, Ireland's own, Talos. While there seemed to be a few fans in, for the neutral this was as boring as music gets. From the slow, whale like vocal delivery to the meandering music, which may have had the intention of a nature walk, but was more of a slow moving traffic jam. I'm sure Talos work well as background music and as mentioned, they clearly work for some people, but there wasn't anything to get excited about, or even interested in for those watching out of curiosity.

After only one support act, it was time for A Perfect Circle. Just in case it wasn't made clear to fans from all the signs posted around the venue that neither video or photography would be tolerated, the band felt it necessary to play an announcement before their set, reminding everyone that anyone taking pictures or filming the show would be ejected from the building. It's a shame this was the case as the set, lighting and general stage design was absolutely magnifficent, creating a unique atmosphere as psychedelic as it was sleek.

Those who haven't picked up "Eat The Elephant" may have felt a little let down by the set list, as no less than seven songs from the album were performed, signifficantly more than any other albums material. The majority of fans just seemed happy to see them though and welcomed the new music warmly. There was also a few covers thrown in for good measure, including a memorable rendition of John Lennons, "Imagine." For those with little to no familiarity with the group however, there was again little to grab much interest.

It was a relatively quiet affair, at least compared to other shows going on that week. Again, those who love the band no doubt thoroughly enjoyed the show, but it felt like less of a rock concert and more of a drama production, in that there was not much room for fun and a serious, almost self important vibe emanated from the stage. A Perfect Circle followers would have loved tonight, but for the neutral, it could well have been the most boring rock show they've ever attended.

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Ollie Hynes has been a writer for Metal Underground.com since 2007 and a metal fan since 2001, going as far as to travel to other countries and continents for metal gigs.

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1. thierry writes:

I'm neutral... :)
Saw them at Graspop Metal Meeting last Sunday with no real expectations and was still in doubt calling the festival a day (weekend actually :)) or give it a try. Did not regret staying a little longer. Not for a minute.
After a 3-day visit to bands like Crossfaith, Emmure, Dead Cross etc... A Perfect Circle were a more than welcome change of... well, everything. Even though I didn't enjoy all of their songs I was really impressed.

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2. Blindgreed1 writes:

I guess maybe Maynard was distracted? I read today that he's being accused of sexual misconduct with groupies.

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3. psythe writes:

I think this show happened before the allegations broke but yeah, not a good time to be MJK right now. He looks guilty af from all accounts, even the ones defending him lol.

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