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This Norwegian quintet weds lyrical musings about the Meaning Of It All to solid, guitar- dominated ensemble work straddling the line between Rush-style poppish hard-rock and Dream Theatre-type-prog-metal. They make their strongest case in the six-minute "The Essence of the Insignificant", a fairly involved romp that's as fun as it is "heavy". Circles End offers an occasional nice turn of melodic phrase, a real knack for pristine arrangements, and an overall interesting approach to prog-rock that could turn compelling if they continue to develop and produce more pieces along the lines of "The Essence..." A not insignificant release to be filed under: intrigiung.