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Soilwork-shouter Björn „Speed“ Strid must be living in a totally boring area, because this is another project he loans his voice to (check out also Disarmonia Mundi). Founder Thomen Stauch, former Blind Guardian drummer, doesn´t seem to be fully stretched with Savage Circus either... with the guitarists Thorsten Praest and Gonzalo Alfageme Lopez, Blind Guardian Live/Studio-bassist Oli Holzwarth and Blind Guardian keyboarder Mi Schüren the line-up of Coldseed is indeed first-class. And they neither sound like Blind Guardian nor like Soilwork, rather like “Type O play Stoner Rock with Clawfinger”. Or something. Björn tries out his clean-melodious sides and new areas, and even not enough for my taste. The great opener “My Affliction” raises your attention, but unfortunately the promises cannot be kept until the end. Somehow the tracks (who is responsible for the crazy numbering system???) by and by end up on well-trodden trails... yet: Great CD!
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