Trans-Siberian Orchestra
Night Castle


1.5
very poor

Review

by Dante Pizzuti USER (9 Reviews)
March 12th, 2011 | 16 replies | 4,272 views


Release Date: 2009 | Tracklist

Review Summary: What would have been an OK album, is bogged down with obvious filler.

2 of 2 thought this review was well written

To look at Night Castle, and see that it has twenty six songs, is kind of intimidating. In a time when most albums have ten to fifteen songs on them, to try and pull through this album may seem like it would be a challenge. Although, if you can sit through the weak intro. You may just find a couple diamonds among the coals.

Starting your album off with two blatant fillers, is never a good thing. But that’s the route taken by Night Castle, opening with the gag worthy 'Night Enchanted'. Then, they top it off by following it with the largely unsatisfying and boring 'Childhood Dreams'. Nothing interesting happens in these two songs and they should not be on the album.

Thankfully they pick up the slack and manage to pull through with 'Sparks' & 'The Mountain', these are both two solid rockers, that give the album a large dose of life, the Orchestra manages to keep up the ante with 'Mozart And Memories', an instrumental that opens with a, violin; then quickly shifts to pounding drums, and guitar riffs, this is probably the best song on the album.

Unfortunately, the worst part of the entire C-D is the vocals. The lyrics can be cringe worthy at times, and the vocalists voice feels out of place at best. Which ends up bringing down most songs, if they had an adequate singer than this would improve the album tenfold. This is most relevant on 'Another Way You Can Die', which would have been just as good as the excellent 'Toccata – Carpimus Noctem' had there been no singing at all. The vocals do eventually somewhat pick up towards the end of disk one, but by then you will have already written it off as just noise.

In conclusion; if you were to remove all of the filler tracks, take out all the painful vocals (or in that case replace the singer), shorten some overkilled tracks. Then you would have, if not the most cohesive collection of songs, a very average album.


Recommended Tracks

The Mountain

Mozart And Memories

Tocata – Carpimus Noctem



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Yuma310
March 12th 2011



1656 Comments


Booged is supposed to be bogged, I don't see an edit feature sooo...

Photon
March 12th 2011



1292 Comments


i think you can go to your profile and click edit review, i am not sure though.

DoubtGin
March 12th 2011



6748 Comments


my profile --> edit my reviews/albums

album looks terrible

pizzamachine
March 12th 2011



12571 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0 | Sound Off

It's pretty bad.

acorncheesee
March 12th 2011



428 Comments


Saw these guys live once lol. Almost fell asleep many times.

letsgofishing
March 12th 2011



900 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

This album is hilarious.

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Voivod
Staff Reviewer
March 13th 2011



5909 Comments


nice review.

Their first two albums are great, as far as i can remember, as long as it's Christmas.



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Tyrael
March 13th 2011



20725 Comments


obviouse filler should be obvious filler.

Yuma310
March 13th 2011



1656 Comments


Thanks Voivod, DoubtGin and Tyraelxy, and yeah its a pretty bad album

G3N3R1C
March 13th 2011



1945 Comments


I actually went to one of their concerts with my family a few months back.

They had this James Earl Jones-sounding guy narrating the whole concert. He was fucking annoying as hell.

letsgofishing
March 13th 2011



900 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

Oh My God, I went to that same tour. That had to be the worst poem ever made..has to be.

acorncheesee
March 13th 2011



428 Comments


Lmao, I went to the same thing. It was unbearable. Can't deny that the musicians put on a great show, though. Liked the lights.

G3N3R1C
March 13th 2011



1945 Comments


I remember, in particular, he had a monologue that was well over 10+ minutes long. I'm thinking "WHEN WILL THIS END?!" and then when it finally ends, it goes right into this painfully long, cringe-worthy ballad. -_-

I mean, it wasn't all bad. Some of the louder instrumental songs were, at best, pretty enjoyable. But the low points of that show were just uuugghhhh...

acorncheesee
March 13th 2011



428 Comments


The low points were simply UNbearable. I almost hit the deck.

Yuma310
March 16th 2011



1656 Comments


i agree on that acorn, when it's bad, its reaaaaallly bad

darkwargreymon
July 2nd 2011



188 Comments


Good review, but it could be a little longer.



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