From: Wiesbaden, Germany
Last Known Status: Active
RED CIRCUIT from the Mainz/Wiesbaden area are anything but copycats sailing in the airstream of the likes of DREAM THEATER and Co. hoping to take advantage of their fame. Behind the name RED CIRCUIT there are musicians with many years of experience, putting their own musical visions into practise. Their second album, "Homeland" shows the quintett earthier, more explosive and more riff-oriented than on its predecessor which was more a mixture of multi-layered rhythms, deeply melodic vocals, atmospheric surroundings and clearly more electronic frivolity.
The band, formed in 2006 is led by Markus Teske (keyboards, ex-Sheela), who has won an excellent reputation as producer and sound engineer for Symphony X, Neal Morse, Ian Parry's Consortium Project, Saga and Vanden Plas. Together with the exceptional singer Chity Somapala (ex-Firewind, ex-Avalon, Faro, Civilization One,....), Chris Moser (guitar), Thomas Schmitt (bass) and Andy Klein (drums), RED CIRCUIT re-formed their ranks in 2009 in order to give free rein to their urge for creativity.
Markus Teske and his friend Andy Kuntz (Vanden Plas, Abydos) have composed, written and produced ten new songs in his own Bazement Studio in Hunstetten near Frankfurt. Andy Kuntz is an important factor in the musical cosmos of the RED CIRCUIT sound. His input on "Homeland" does not only include second vocals but also vocal effects and other performance additions which give the songs a final polish. The addition of drummer Andy Klein and guitarist Chris Moser (ex-Sheela) has shifted the musical focal point more towards riff-oriented song structures without fundamentally changing the symphonic-epic influences of the debut album.
Red Circuit Interviews and Features
Below are our features and interviews with Red Circuit.
At ProgPower USA XII, Germany’s Red Circuit made a hell of a debut on American soil with a powerful set on the second official day. During the event, Red Circuit keyboardist Markus Teske doubled as a sound engineer as well, contributing to what some attendees have called the “best-sounding” ProgPower festival yet. I have a hunch that the addition of drummer Michael Stein to the Red Circuit lineup also added to the punch.
Previously, Markus has recorded acts such as Symphony X, Vanden Plas, Saga, The Flower Kings, Mob Rules, and more. Somehow, Markus had a few minutes free to sit with me for an interview, in which he answers questions about the first two albums and the upcoming third, as well as discusses some audio topics and weigh in on his musical interests and music studies. More...