As far as symphonic metal goes this is a quality album
Symphonic metal concept album trying to have you see the world through the eyes of a child. Concept albums are always hard to pull off and not many bands can do it well. Here is another failed attempt with voice acting, it’s horrible and detracts from the overall feel and life of the music. This is sad because as far as Symphonic Metal goes this is a quality album. Floor Jansen provides a superb and emotional vocal performance. Maas and Gommans provide some great melodic riffs and twists throughout backed by some great guttural death growls. There is no doubt After Forever have poured all their creativity and heart into the music and lyrics inside ‘Invisible Circles’. They could have gotten the point across more effectively without the voice parts.
For fans of: The Gathering and Nightwish
Great combination of influences (classical, gothic, prog, and metal), skip the storyline pieces.