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Deadly Circus Fire: The Hydra's Tailor

Cosmopolitan prog metallers’ second – suits you, sirs…

An album full of surprises, Deadly Circus Fire’s second release has taken the multi-national band into new, more exacting territory compared to their 2013 debut The King And The Bishop.

In Darkness We Trust and Animal provide a mouth-watering introduction to the album, with vocalist Adam Grant displaying his diversity, comfortably ranging from the gruff to the smooth. Elsewhere, songs like Victim, Devil’s Opera and the title track allow guitarist Save Addario plenty of opportunities to show deft touches mixed with disciplined aggression. But what really catches the attention is this band’s fondness for melody. This comes through time and again as they meld a leaning towards exhaustive musicianship with a real respect for making songs like House Of Plagues and Aeden accessible on even the most cursory of listens. There’s also an eeriness that permeates the album. Closing tracks Turning The Tide and Universe leave you feeling as if you’ve fallen into the grip of something psychotically appealing, and this brings to the fore the sheer sense of unease they’ve made you feel throughout. The Hydra’s Tailor is an album of blazing worth and conviction.

Malcolm Dome had an illustrious and celebrated career which stretched back to working for Record Mirror magazine in the late 70s and Metal Fury in the early 80s before joining Kerrang! at its launch in 1981. His first book, Encyclopedia Metallica (opens in new tab), published in 1981, may have been the inspiration for the name of a certain band formed that same year. Dome is also credited with inventing the term "thrash metal" while writing about the Anthrax song Metal Thrashing Mad in 1984. He would later become a founding member of RAW rock magazine in 1988.

In the early 90s, Malcolm Dome was the Editor of Metal Forces magazine, and also involved in the horror film magazine Terror, before returning to Kerrang! for a spell. With the launch of Classic Rock magazine in 1998 he became involved with that title, sister magazine Metal Hammer, and was a contributor to Prog magazine since its inception in 2009. He was actively involved in Total Rock Radio (opens in new tab), which launched as Rock Radio Network in 1997, changing its name to Total Rock in 2000. In 2014 he joined the TeamRock online team as Archive Editor, uploading stories from all of our print titles and helping lay the foundation for what became Louder.

Dome was the author of many books on a host of bands from AC/DC to Led Zeppelin and Metallica, some of which he co-wrote with Prog Editor Jerry Ewing.