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SHADOW CIRCUS Welcome To The Freakroom CD

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listen  6. Journey of Everyman (A: So It Begins / B: Find Your Way / C: Journey's End)11:40Album Only

Product Details

  • Audio CD (January 1, 2001)
  • Original Release Date: 2006
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: PROGROCK
  • ASIN: B000QEILUQ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #193,731 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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After 15 years of actively playing in several bands on the NYC music scene, guitarist John Fontana set out to compose music that hearkened back to the golden age of Progressive Rock. His original intention was to compose pieces for his own enjoyment, and to demo his guitar playing while auditioning for bands. But when the music caught the ear of his former band mate, drummer Corey Folta, Corey ... Read more in Amazon's Shadow Circus Store

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mr. C. J. Harrison on March 13, 2007
Format: Audio CD
As a mission statement, "Welcome to the Freak Room" certainly makes it's point. There's just the right amount of classic prog schtick, and the influence of "new classic" prog acts abounds. Stellar guitar and keyboard work form the backbone of this record, whilst the somewhat tentative yet engaging vocals suck the listener in. As a debut, this cannot be faulted. This reviewer is reminded of The Flower Kings through the vocals and the easy sense of humour present in the arrangements. Shadow Circus tread the fine line between complex and accessible with ease - melodic hooks fly in from left and right, coupled with more than a few "WOW" moments. The album benefits from above average production, with some wonderful guitar sounds and crisp clear drums.

All in all, a storming debut. Let's hope this lot knock out the overblown double-disc concept album we all know they've got in them. I can't wait to hear the singer let rip.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By ProgDog on November 20, 2007
Format: Audio CD
Grab a bag of popcorn, your cotton candy and maybe some roasted chestnuts. The Shadow Circus has arrived.

Blending pop sensibilities seamlessly with progressive elements, Shadow Circus explode onto the growing U.S. progressive scene with a 6-track debut album, "Welcome to the Freakroom." The album touts not only a chart-friendly pop-prog hit, but also an epic spanning almost 12 minutes. The album is an extravanganza of prog-art-rock.

From the opening moments of hearing the rather sinister welcome of a twisted circus master to the closing of the multi-part "Journey of Everyman," Shadow Circus deliver a sound that is at once recognizable and innovatively exciting. Their fresh, almost innocent approach to prog smacks of the sincere love they all have for the music. Lead singer David Bobick, a charismatic performer with an academic and professional background in musical theatre, presents full-fledged characters in each of the pieces by this quintet of remarkable musicians. The band negotiates full, arena-sized power chords charging at you in ring number one, intricate and approachable improvisations in ring number two, and, in ring number three, catchy melodies and hooks that keep you seated under the big top.

Front-man guitarist John Fontana's love of classic progressive groups such as Emerson, Lake and Palmer and Yes forges Shadow Circus's music as not so much an homage to the prog giants of the past, but as a fine example of the progressive rock renaissance currently happening throughout the world.

Much of the depth of this band's art resides in their musicality. Lyrically, the album covers various artistic (sometimes personal) issues. "Radio People," an infectious power-pop-prog romp, berates the homogeneity of pop culture today.
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Shadow Circus has released a very entertaining, enjoyable CD. Not the most technically- oriented music, but well structured with very memorable melodies. Hard to pin this one down as far as similar- sounding bands. A harder rocking Spock's Beard perhaps? The music is more mainstream rock with prog embellishments in the way of keyboard excursions. I really enjoy the charasmatic, theatrical vocals of David Bobick, which add a carnivale aura to this music. All the musicians are quite adept, and create an enjoyable listening experience. Highlights for me are the title track and the closer, and longest track, "Journey of Everyman." I kid you not, the chorus from this song will stick in your head long after listening to it. This is a disk I put on to lighten my mood and be entertained, which it does really well.
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