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  • Audio CD (August 14, 2007)
  • Original Release Date: 2007
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: SENSORY RECORDS
  • ASIN: B000TNJIFG
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #40,178 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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This is a very solid album both lyrically, musically, and vocally.
Lisa M. Boodt
The perfect companion to this cd is The 1st Chapter, their first cd - so I suggest you buy that one as well if you are purchasing this cd.
Wicked
Circus Maximus affirm their standing among the world's best progressive metal bands.
Lane R. Miller

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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful By S. Craig Caldwell on September 3, 2007
Format: Audio CD
This CD is very simply one of the best (if not the best) CDs I've purchased. Ever.

The musicianship is stellar, the vocals are amazing, the production is excellent, and the songwriting is near-perfect. If you like Progressive Metal (or even just rock/metal in general), you should own this CD.

The song "Mouth of Madness" alone is worth the purchase price of this CD. Also, the worst song on this CD (whichever it might be) is probably still as good as the best song on many other of your favorite progmetal CDs.

I own over 1000 CDs (own, not pirated), largely progmetal, and if this one holds up to long-term listening (and I think it will), it will be in my "Top 10 ever) list. I'd compare it to Queensryche's "Operation Mindcrime," if that tells you anything.

Buy. Enjoy. Then get their first disc, "The 1st Chapter." It was one of my favorite CDs in its year of release (2004 or 2005), so clearly it's also excellent, though the band has definitely kicked things up a notch in overall quality with "Isolate."

I've seen the band live (twice, in fact), and their live performance is worthy of the CD, with alll of the musicians nailing all of their parts, including the vocals (phenomenal harmonies, even live). All of the band members do background, but it's Michael Eriksen's lead vocals that definitely stand apart (though the drummer, Truls, has an awesome voice, as well). Mike has already established himself as one of metal's top new vocalists, and it's well-deserved.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Paul W. Duet on November 12, 2008
Format: Audio CD
From the opening moments of "A Darkened Mind", I was completely blown away by this band and this album. I've been a prog rock and prog metal fan for most of my life and I love it all... recently it seems like Dream Theater are the poster children of prog metal. Don't get me wrong, I love Dream Theater... but as technical as they can be, they get downright sloppy in the studio and even more so on stage. This band, Circus Maximus, is like a super charged, super technical band that performs everything with absolute precision and perfection. Nothing seems forced or robotic.. everything flows perfectly.. the vocals are absolutely perfect.. the drumming and guitar playing are very technically impressive and tasteful.. and to top it off, this album isn't a collection of show-off pieces and poorly written songs (see Dream Theater's latest mess of an album "Systematic Chaos")... this album is a collection of fantastic songs! Every song is a masterpiece.. every note is perfect from beginning to end.. whoever produced and mixed this album is a genius. The quality of the production is akin to Queensryche's super expensively produced PROMISED LAND. A lot of time and money went into PROMISED LAND, and this album sounds on par with that album, although I'm sure it was produced for a fraction of the price.

Oh and something else that plagues prog (and always has) is bad lyrics. (Once again, see Dream Theater's SYSTEMATIC CHAOS.) Surprisingly, ISOLATE has good lyrics.. great lyrics, even. The melodies stick in your head.. heck, even the instrumental breakdowns stick in your head.. it's just that freaking good.

I can't recommend this album enough. It's the perfect progressive metal album from start to finish. The end.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Michael on January 22, 2008
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This is another great progressive metal album from Circus Maximus that shows how it should be done. These guys are a very technical unit that take care in producing flawless music reminiscent of early Dream Theater albums like "Images and Words". If you are at all intereseted in bands like Dream Theater then you really should check this out. It will blow your mind to listen to how great these guys are. I just wish Dream Theater was still doing this type of thing - that is, carefully constructed songs! I love both bands but how can you go past an album that sounds like alot of time has been put into its creation.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Prog-Rev-Elation on January 21, 2008
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Circus Maximus continue to flex their progressive-metal muscle on this sophmore release. The energy expenditure and technical prowess on this disc demonstrate that they are ascending the ladder in the progressive-metal genre.

The problem with this disc is when you compare it to their stunning debut - "The 1st Chapter." Although much of this album is on par with its predecessor, it fails to make any real movement forward. This is ok for some, and not for others - I enjoy it regardless of its continuation of their previous effort. "The 1st Chapter" was so outstanding, it's hard to imagine them making a leap beyond where they started.

One of the weak points are the vocals. While the singer has a good voice, both his vocals and the music seem to descend to the 80's rock-metal style on "Arrival of Love." Some may like this, but I find it difficult to swallow for a millennium progressive-metal band. The 80's have come and gone, let's move ahead, instead of regressing to former days.

However, the preceding instrumental "Sane No More" has so much charisma, technical ability, and even (believe it or not) FUN (did I just say fun???), it makes enduring the weaker aspects of this release worthwhile.

Even though there are weak points on "Isolate," it by no means a weak release. I wrote the weaker points in order to be helpful to the reader of this review. Overall, this album stands above a multitude of other bands in the same category. When I take into consideration all the releases that I purchased in 2007, this one still makes it to my top 10.
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