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Cirkus - 2008 Let The Madness Begin

ARTIST: Cirkus
ALBUM: Let The Madness Begin
LABEL: Cirkus Music
YEAR: 2008


LINEUP: Roux'd - vocals * Snetan - guitars * Maston - bass * Ric - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Let The Madness Begin * 02 Trashy * 03 Hard Headed Woman * 04 Everlong Lasting * 05 Chexx Mate * 06 Fuck 'Em N Flee * 07 Walking Disease * 08 Crazy * 09 Get It On



We continue the run on Swedish glam rock with the band Cirkus. You can easily tell these guys have their hearts, minds and guitar strings sourced from the late great 70's. Take a dose of glam a la T-Rex, a pinch of classic 70's rock a la Aerosmith and Zeppelin, and you've pretty much summed up Cirkus in a sentence or two. 'Let The Madness Begin' is their first fully featured album after a run of indie released EP's (including 'Shut Up And Suck' lol! and 'Metal Head'). Released at the tail end of 2008, notably, this LP was produced by Chris Tsangrides, a name familiar to us all. According to their bio and reports elsewhere on the Net, these guys have even ventured over to US of A, playing the traditional glam haunts of Los Angeles, and picking up comparisons to Motley Crue and Faster Pussycat along the way.

The Songs
Moving on from the opening title track interlude, the band kick off with the sassy 70's rock of 'Trashy'. The guitar riffs are smokeblown from decades past, though the chorus is a bit derivative. It has some good moments though. Starting out in acoustic mode, 'Hard Headed Woman' had all the appearances of a ballad, until the band take the brakes off for some serious up-tempo glam rocking. 'Everlong Lasting' is an intense rocker with a political angle lyrics wise. I like this track a lot. The band sneak in some organ and sax work on 'Chexx Mate', but the song itself isn't very innovative. The party rock of 'Fuck 'Em 'N Flee' isn't too bad, more in keeping with early 70's guitar rock minus the lyrics! 'Walking Disease' is another excuse to rock the casbar, while the high pitched vocals from Roux'd on this particular track is an acquired taste. 'Crazy' is a definite hark back to the early 70's again, the guitar vibe reminding us of some of those vinyl gems from past years. Closing with T-Rex's 'Get It On', this song perhaps best sums up Cirkus' attitude and musical preferences. A good selection to include on the album, with its sleazy vocal and growling guitar.

In Summary
Some critics are giving the band some kinds words, and rightly so. Over the years though, we've seen a thousand bands try to break out from indie beginnings, many of them from Sweden ironically enough. At this point, I'm not quite sure that Cirkus have high enough platform heels to stand head and tails over the opposition. Musically there are some encouraging signs, no problem with the production, but there's not enough unique identity for them to be cherry-picked out of the glut of bands currently working this genre. Let's keep on eye on Cirkus, and see what they can deliver into the future.

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