LABYRINTH – Welcome To The Absurd Circus

LABYRINTH - Welcome To The Absurd Circus
  • 9/10
    LABYRINTH - Welcome To The Absurd Circus - 9/10


Frontiers Music
Release date: January 22, 2021

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0.75/10 (2 votes)

The Comeback Continues

Italian Power Prog Metal band Labyrinth releases Welcome to the Absurd Circus as a follow up to 2017’s comeback album Architecture of a God. With the new album Labyrinth shows that they belong in the big time, as everything sounds fantastic from start to finish. The story starts back in the spring of 2016 when the band’s founding members Andrea Cantarelli and Olaf Thorsen received a call from Frontiers Music, asking them to discuss with singer Roberto Tiranti the possibility of a comeback for the band. After much thought, the guys agreed to get back together and round out the lineup with John Macaluso (now replaced by Mattia Peruzzi) on drums, Oleg Smirnoff (Vision Divine, Eldritch) on keyboards, and Nik Mazzucconi (Hardline, Edge of Forever) on bass.

Unforgettable Hooks

What Labyrinth gives us in Welcome to the Absurd Circus is a variety of songs that round out to be a great album. From speedy power metal songs with unforgettable hooks to epic prog infused metal songs, the album offers enough diversity in dynamics to keep the listener in the zone. Singer Roberto Tiranti delivers excellent performances throughout, whether singing to the high speed riffs or a beautiful acoustic guitar. All of the musicians play to their strengths, adding to a strong case to consider Labyrinth nothing short of Italian metal masters.

Top Picks

When you review an album that is great top to bottom it can be hard to pick favorites, but that said “Live Today” is awesome with its relentless double bass groove, to flying gallops. “Den of Snakes” is great as it opens with harmony guitars over acoustics, building into a powerful, chunking foot stomper with lightning lead solos to delight. Every song on the album has something great to offer.

Labyrinth band photo at carnival

Final Notes

Clearly the rebuilding of a great band that started in 1995 and stands as strong as ever today is continuing on track with the release of Welcome to the Absurd Circus. The production is top notch. The musicianship is excellent by every member. More importantly they all work together to create an almost perfect album that every Power Prog Metal fan should add to their collection.

Labyrinth band photo


Roberto Tiranti – vocals
Olaf Thorsen – guitars
Andrea Cantarelli – guitars
Oleg Smirnoff – keyboards
Nik Mazzucconi – bass
Mattia Peruzzi – drums

Welcome to The Absurd Circus Tracklist

1  The Absurd Circus
2  Live Today
3  One More Last Chance
4  As Long As It Lasts
5  Den Of Snakes
6  Word’s Minefield
7  The Unexpected
8  Dancing With Tears In My Eyes
9  Sleepwalker
10  A Reason To Survive
11  Finally Free


  • Bryce Van Patten

    Bryce is an audio engineer and a graphic designer here at Metal Express Radio. From the day he purchased his first album (Machine Head by Deep Purple), he has had a passion for heavy music, which has influenced his whole life. Bryce is from the great Pacific Northwest in USA, and has played in metal bands like Babylon, Holy Terror, The Wild Dogs, Warhead and Egypt through the 80s. He had his first interview for the Portland, Oregon publication The Rock Rag with guitarist Paul Gilbert in his Racer X days. Then he was honored to get to have drinks, and talk for an hour with the legendary Dan McCafferty of Nazareth for his second interview. In 2013, he spent an amazing hour talking to Andi Deris of Helloween, which was the high point of his heavy metal journalism.   In the year 2001, he formed Man in Black Music Publishing. They released recordings by several local bands, and in the spirit of the old Metal Massacre compilations, he created a 2-album series called The Defenders of Metal. The albums featured classic styled Metal bands from all around the world, with bands from Australia to England, and from Argentina to Russia. Currently, he is the producer/creator/vocalist of the Metal band The Black Tuesdays.

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