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Voodoo Circle - "Broken Heart Syndrome" (CD)

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"Broken Heart Syndrome" track listing:

1. No Solution Blues
2. King Of Your Dreams
3. Devil's Daughter
4. This Could Be Paradise
5. Broken Heart Syndrome
6. When Destiny Calls
7. Blind Man
8. Heal My Pain
9. The Heavens Are Burning
10. Don't Take My Heart
11. I'm In Heaven
12. Wings Of Fury
13. Strangers Lost In Time

Reviewed by on May 14, 2011

"Fans of classic rock are going to find plenty of good juju on Voodoo Circle's 'Broken Heart Syndrome.' With muscular riffs, intriguing keyboard fills and vocals that soar all the way to the nosebleed seats, this is metal from way back in the day."

Harkening back to the classic rock sounds of the 1970s and '80s, Voodoo Circle's "Broken Heart Syndrome" sounds like nothing so much as a long-lost Whitesnake or Deep Purple album that fell behind your dresser for 30 years. With thick, muscular riffs, backed up by Hammond B-3 organ and synth flourishes, and Coverdale-style wails, it's an exceedingly (and sometimes excessively) accurate take on bell-bottom-era metal.

Given the fact that the supergroup's bassist, Mat Sinner (of Sinner and Primal Fear fame) isn't exactly far removed from that era himself, it shouldn't come as much of a shock that the band has such an innate feel for '70s sounds. Still, I'm willing to bet that the Hendrix-meets-Blackmore-and-Lord moments that populate "Blind Man" will take many people's breath away.

Guitarist Alex Beyrodt (of Silent Force) is certainly capable of Yngwie-style shred, and gives it up on tracks like "No Solution Blues" and "This Could Be Paradise," with solos that race up and down the fretboard. More interesting, though, are the bluesier moments in which Beyrodt slows it down a little bit and adds some soul to the flash ("Broken Heart Syndrome" and especially the Southern-fried "Don't Take My Heart").

Pink Cream 69 vocalist David Readman may have gained fame in the 1990s, but he's definitely got the '70s in his soul, with tracks like "Don't Take My Heart" and "I'm In Heaven," which have the big choruses and soulful vocals that were the trademark of the time. He's definitely the star of the show here.

On the downside, the album is a little overlong, with "This Could Be Paradise" and "Devil's Daughter" feeling especially like filler. And, though the band certainly gets the late-'70s vibe right, it must be pointed out that there's absolutely nothing new here. If you don't like Deep Purple, Whitesnake and bands of that ilk, you're definitely going to find nothing to pique your interest here.

Fans of classic rock are going to find plenty of good juju on Voodoo Circle's "Broken Heart Syndrome." With muscular riffs, intriguing keyboard fills and vocals that soar all the way to the nosebleed seats, this is metal from way back in the day.

Highs: "Blind Man," "I'm In Heaven" and "Broken Heart Syndrome"

Lows: A couple filler tracks ("This Could Be Paradise" and "Devil's Daughter)

Bottom line: Fans of '70s classic rock will find plenty to love; others, maybe not so much.

Rated 3.5 out of 5 skulls
3.5 out of 5 skulls


Key
Rating Description
Rated 5 out of 5 skulls Perfection. (No discernable flaws; one of the reviewer's all-time favorites)
Rated 4.5 out of 5 skulls Near Perfection. (An instant classic with some minor imperfections)
Rated 4 out of 5 skulls Excellent. (An excellent effort worth picking up)
Rated 3.5 out of 5 skulls Good. (A good effort, worth checking out or picking up)
Rated 3 out of 5 skulls Decent. (A decent effort worth checking out if the style fits your tastes)
Rated 2.5 out of 5 skulls Average. (Nothing special; worth checking out if the style fits your taste)
Rated 2 out of 5 skulls Fair. (There is better metal out there)
< 2 skulls Pretty Bad. (Don't bother)