Beyrodt's Voodoo Circle, Alex - Alex Beyrodt's Voodoo Circle

Year of Release: 2009
Label: Blistering Records
Catalog Number: BR018
Format: CD
Total Time: 69:47:00

If you're not familiar with Alex Beyrodt, it'd be natural to ask yourself, "What the devil does this disc hold?" Well, it's not orated scripture from a satanic priest. However, Beyrodt possesses such skill on the guitar, you'll wonder if he made a deal with the prince of darkness to create an album with the essence of Yngwie Malmsteen and Eddie Van Halen combined. While the wirework is extraordinary, the compositions are first-rate and his crew is superlative. Typically when a project is preceded by a name, the output is one-dimensional. This couldn't be further from the truth here.

Absent from the band's moniker is David Readman, who delivers nefarious vocals. He hits a complete range of notes and pushes his throat to that bordering point where scratchiness nearly ensues. The keyboardist, Jimmy Kresic, may have his own pact going too; personifying Richard Andersson. The remainder of this voodoo clan consists of bassist, Mat Sinner, and drummer, Mel Gaynor. Unlike other company men, they're neither conformists or sycophants. Indispensable through and through, they put their own stamp of quality on this product before it's shipped out the sonic foundry's door.

Fortitude is also a strong suit, as the highlights are copious. "Spewing Lies" opens the album in a fashion that will cause such intense rubbernecking from the revelation of this find; it might be necessary to make an appointment with a chiropractor. Not that much later, "Kingdom Of The Blind" pushes the envelope with a cornucopia of solos. From the get go to its concussive end, this particular song seems jet-propelled. Velocity applies to "Man And Machine" as well. Moreover, the singing in "Master Of Illusion" is idyllic.

Not skipping a beat, but causing listeners to take pause, "We'll Never Learn" and "White Lady Requiem" are tremendously cool. Buried between the brimstone of those two, "Enter My World Of Darkness" is the holistic track; integrating eastern influences with western culture.

Every other deftly-forged plate is great and there is no weak chink in Beyrodt's armor. Hopefully, this consummate smithy's soul is left intake - and he hasn't desiccated his well of creative juices dry - after casting such an amazing album.

Spewing Lies / Desperate Heart / Kingdom Of The Blind / Man And Machine / Master Of Illusion / We'll Never Learn / Dream Of Eden (Doogie/David Version) / Heaven Can Wait / Angels Will Cry / Enter My World Of Darkness / Wings Of Sorrow (exclusive track) / White Lady Requiem / Digipack Bonus: Dream Of Eeden (David Version)

Japanese version has Said & Done and Dream Of Eden (David Version)

Alex Beyrodt - guitars
Mel Gaynor - drums
David Readman - vocals
Mat Sinner - bass
Jimmy Kresic - keyboards

Alex Beyrodt's Voodoo Circle (2009)

Genre: Rock

Origin VA

Added: October 18th 2009
Reviewer: Joshua "Prawg Dawg" Turner
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Language: english


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