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Voodoo Circle: Broken Heart Syndrome

Featuring members of Silent Rage, Sinner, Primal Fear, Pink Cream 69 and Dezperadoz , there's no doubt that Voodoo Circle's self titled debut album made quite an impact when it was released in 2008. The band's creator and guitarist Alex Beyrodt (Silent Rage) enlisted the help of frontman David Readman (Pink Cream 69), bassist Mat Sinner (Sinner/Primal Fear), drummer Markus Kullmann (Dezperadoz) and keyboard player Jimmy Kresic to produce one of the most convincing homage's to all things Whitesnake, Rainbow and Deep Purple that you would ever want to hear. Three years later and the five-some are back with the same recipe and some even tastier songs for you to savour.

There's no doubting that the likes of "This Could Be Paradise", "Devil's Daughter" and "Don't Take My Heart" are straight from the Whitesnake handbook, or that "The Heaven's Are Burning" and "Wings Of Heaven" are prime time Rainbow, but with Readman's gloriously melodic tones and the superb riffs and licks from Beyrodt this album doesn't sound like a second rate copycat effort. In fact the songs on this album are up there with some of the best songs that the acts Voodoo Circle are influenced by put together. Another perfect example is the wonderfully atmospheric and stately blues ballad of "Blind Man" which comes across like a stupendous left over from Deep Purple's Stormbringer album. Readman's vocal is simply stunning on this track and that performance is equalled by the marvellous keyboard work of Kresic, who impressive across the entire album.

I'm not usually a huge fan of bands or albums that so blatantly stick to such a well worn formula however when the songs are so convincing and the performances so captivating it is impossible not just to swept along by the fantastic music. Coverdale and his talented hired hands have a new album on the horizon, but in truth it will have to go some to better this.

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 Heaven's Are Burnging
10. Don't Take My Heart
11. I'm In Heaven
12. Wings Of Fury

Added: May 8th 2011
Reviewer: Steven Reid
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Voodoo Circle: Broken Heart Syndrome
Posted by Pete Pardo, SoT Staff Writer on 2011-05-08 07:35:34
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If Yngwie Malmsteen ever decided to fully embrace, I mean FULLY embrace, his love for Deep Purple & Rainbow, the results would probably be something like Broken Heart Syndrome from Voodoo Circle. Thanks to the Ritchie Blackmore worship of main man Alex Beyrodt (Silent Force/Primal Fear), much of Broken Heart Syndrome pays homage to classic Deep Purple, Rainbow, as well as Whitesnake, so for all you lovers of those bands who can't get enough heavy rock tunes littered with stunning guitar work, raging Hammond organ, and Coverdale influenced vocals, this album will be a revelation.

David Readman is quite the singer, comparable to Jorn Lande in the Coverdale/Dio/Hughes flavored vocal stylings, and he pairs up perfectly with Beyrodt's sizzling guitar licks. Also on board is Primal Fear/Sinner bassist Mat Sinner, Jimmy Kresic on keyboards, and Markus Kullmann on bass.

There's just one kick ass song after another here, like the Burn era rippers "King of Your Dreams" & "Devil's Daughter", the neo-classical shred fest "No Solution Blues", the medieval "This Could Be Paradise" (almost like a wonderful leftover from Rainbow's Rising), the crushingly heavy guitar/organ thumper "When Destiny Calls", the smoldering "The Heavens Are Burning", and the power metal mania that is "Wings of Fury". Not a bum track here, just high octane melodic hard rock with a heavy 70's & 80's element going on.

Basically, I want more of this immediately. Beyrodt & Co. have just given all us classic Deep Purple, Rainbow, and Whitesnake fans something to sink our teeth into. Highly recommended!

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