Power Metal/Hard Rock Germany Location: Brüggen, North
ALEX BEYRODT "Guitars" (Primal Fear, Sinner,Silent Force)
DAVID READMAN "Vocals" (Pink Cream 69)
MAT SINNER "Bass" (Primal Fear, Sinner, Kiske/Somerville)
JIMMY KRESIC "Keyboards" (Liquid one, Steve Lukather)
MARKUS KULLMANN "Drums" (Dezperadoz)
When VOODOO CIRCLE´s debut was released in December 2008, the year got its late hard rock highlight finally. It was rumored quite some time ago about this amazing new band of Silent Force mastermind Alex Beyrodt already, but the result was astonishing for many. Quality-wise “VOODOO CIRCLE” was an album that music fans have been waiting for since years, and with its amazing combination of intelligent songwriting, perfect musical skills and passionate singing it combined classic sounds with today´s technical abilities, keeping the balance and whether sounding too modern nor helplessly retro. And now, 2 years later, the second album “Broken Heart Syndrome” is finally ready to be released...
Alex Beyrodt´s VOODOO CIRCLE is not only about re-awaking the true spirit of the old masters. Bands like Rainbow, Whitesnake and Deep Purple for sure made history with their classic albums, but it needs new messengers to carry the torch and amaze a new generation of hard rock fans. Messengers like Beyrodt and his band, who have it all: experience, personality, and amazing musical skills, undoubtedly on world-class level. The combination of Alex´ tasteful guitar work and selection of vintage sounds builds the foundation of what VOODOO CIRCLE is about. The dynamics on the album are a major factor as well, as these give an incredible depth and atmosphere to the 12 new voodoo tracks. Add to this the fantastic David Readman (who maybe delivers the vocal performance of his life on “Broken Heart Syndrome”) and keyboard player Jimmy Kresic, a man just as creative and top-notch as the rest of his companions. With Mat Sinner (Sinner, Primal Fear) on bass and Markus Kullmann (Dezperadoz) on drums the VOODOO CIRCLE lineup finds its worthy completion. What these five gentlemen can do becomes obvious when “Broken Heart Syndrome” starts with the energetic “No Solution Blues”. You can´t get rid of the chorus´ vocal line for weeks. It´s the perfect opener to a perfect album. What awaits you for the next 52 minutes now is a rollercoaster ride through the realm of hard rock. The dark stomping title song, the strong “King Of Your Dreams”, a Rainbow-like rocking “The Heavens Are Burning”, the amazing ballad “Blind Man” or the up-tempo smasher “Wings Of The Fury” all are proof of the band´s boundless musical possibilities. “Devil´s Daughter”, clocking in at almost 7 minutes, is a bluesy half-ballad full of longing. Tracks like this could have been on any classic album of the 70´s giant Rock bands. You can feel the old spirit of real bands jamming together, giving birth to new ideas and simply letting their inspirations decide which direction their music will take in the end.
Commented the group: "The album title is a very personal statement. 2009 has been a difficult year for many of us. Also for (VOODOO CIRCLE) mastermind Alex Beyrodt who hit a personal rock bottom in early 2009. After an eventful year, he is now dusting himself off."
VOODOO CIRCLE´s second album not only fulfills the high expectations that were raise by its brilliant predecessor, it – and this is the real surprise – exceeds them by far! Mix and mastering by the experienced Dennis Ward secures that “Broken Heart Syndrome” has to be considered a classic from the day of its release already. Varied, soulful, fresh and honest vintage (hard) rock has never sounded better than here!
VOODOO CIRCLE 2008 AFM-RECORDS
BROKEN HEART SYNDROME 2011 AFM-RECORDS
Bringing back the "Voodoo Vibes" to Hard Rock!
Hard Rock fans all around the world will be amazed by this new band: VOODOO CIRCLE! Founded by Silent Force mastermind Alex Beyrodt, who had the idea to re-think his personal vision for quite some time already, more than 25 new songs have been written since then. His outstanding songwriting- and instrumental skills made Alex a highly respected musician among collegues and secured him an ever-growing worldwide fan base. In Japan (where quality is still the most important aspect) he is hailed as a "guitar hero" and the influence of legendary bands like Rainbow and Deep Purple can be recognised in his charismatic way of playing. As a master following the tradition of all-time-greats like Ritchie Blackmore and Yngwie J. Malmsteen, also Alex is able to make a song something special. He simply has "it". The next step for Alex was to build a line-up that has the abilities to share his vision and perform in an authentic way. His goal was to gather 5 great musicians in the end, who even could amaze a crowd all alone, but now work together as a unique team.
"The great bands of the 70's achieved their best ideas by extensive jam sessions and had the ability to express something really strong with their music. Nowadays it seems that both this way of creating music and the ability got lost. Now VOODOO CIRCLE is my way to follow this ideal. Back to the vintage sounds, back to extensive, passionate jam sessions of great musicians and sweaty live gigs that are nothing but pure delight in playing." (Alex Beyrodt)
The foundation of what later became VOODOO CIRCLE came alive in Spring 2008 and shortly after the idea was born, Alex built collected a high-class, international line-up.
Englishman David Readman (known from Pink Cream 69), one of the best Hard Rock singers of our time, is handling the vocal part in VOODOO CIRCLE. Readman's characteristic voice is the perfect expression of the Voodoo Circle vibes.
As bass player Alex' longtime-friend, metal hero Mat Sinner, joined the band. Mat has founded two of Germany's most important Rock- & Metal bands in Primal Fear and Sinner, both worldwide successful and busily touring these days. Now Mat has another high-class band to run in VOODOO CIRCLE, who on the other hand will gain of one of the most respected bassists to the group's ranks.
Another band member comes from the UK in drummer extraordinaire Mr. Mel Gaynor from the Simple Minds. Mel is not a stranger to guitar based music, as he played with Gary Moore and Brian May! Mel underlines his exceptional status among today's drummers with his impressive performance on the VOODOO CIRCLE album once more.
Keyboardist Jimmy Kresic is Germany's best booked studio keyboardist, specialist of Hammond organs and right now works with the likes of Steve Lukather (Toto) and Jordan Ruddess (Dream Theater) on a new project.
VOODOO CIRCLE are one of just a few band who combine musical creativity, individuality and team spirit, without losing sight of the songs. Virtuosity, adapted with atmosphere, passion and intensity is the key for the outstanding result that the German/British band has achieved with their debut album.
Doogie White (Rainbow, Yngwie Malmsteen), Rudi Sarzo (Ozzy Osbourne, Dio, Whitesnake), Norifumi Shima (Concerto Moon) and Richard Andersson (Majestic, Space Odyssey) are some of the many top musicians who wanted to contribute to the fabulous VOODOO CIRCLE debut, and so they did. The mix of the album was done by Dennis Ward. On December 5th "Voodoo Circle" will be in stores. The charismatic musicians take you right to the pulsating heart of Hard Rock. Fans of the "grandmasters" like Rainbow, Black Sabbath, Yngwie malmsteen, but also supporters of Silent Force, Pink Cream 69 and Sinner will be totally amazed!
It's time, that this great new band will bring their music to where it belongs – the stage. Note for Spring 2009: "Ladies & Gentleman, please welcome on stage – VOODOO CIRCLE!"
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