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Circle II Circle

Formed: 2000
From: Tampa, FL, United States
Last Known Status: Active

Latest Circle II Circle News

Below is our complete Circle II Circle news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.

Note: We began associating news directly with bands in late 2003. Therefore, earlier band news may not be listed on this page.

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Circle II Circle Issues Album Update

Christian Wentz from Circle II Circle has checked in with the following update from the recording studio:

"Master engineer Ron Keeler is deep in the mixing of the new record. I am sitting here in awe of what is coming from the studio monitors. We have spent the better part of 2014 involved with making this record, and it shows!"

Stay tuned for further info on the upcoming album, or you can read more about the recording process over at the band's Facebook profile here.

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Circle II Circle To Release First Live Album

Armoury Records, in cooperation with earMUSIC, announced the release of "Live At Wacken (Official Bootleg)," the first ever live offering from Tampa power/progressive metal act, Circle II Circle. The album will be released in North America via Eagle Rock imprint Armoury Records on August 22nd, 2014.

Recorded in August of 2012 at the Germany's renowned Wacken Open Air Festival, Circle II Circle, led by former Savatage vocalist Zak Stevens, performed Savatage's iconic "The Wake Of Magellan" almost in its entirety. The last Savatage record to feature Stevens, "The Wake Of Magellan" is a monumental concept album and considered by many to be the band's best work of the post-1993 Savatage saga.

The track list for the release is:

1. The Ocean/Welcome
2. Turns To Me
3. Morning Sun
4. Complaint In The System (Veronica Guerin)
5. The Wake Of Magellan
6. Anymore
7. The Hourglass
8. Blackjack Guillotine More...

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Jon Oliva's Pain Names New Guitarist

Jon Oliva's Pain, fronted by the Mountain King Jon Oliva (Savatage/T.S.O.), has announced that the band's new guitarist will be Bill Hudson of Circle II Circle. The announcement from the band's Facebook Page reads:

"Welcome our new guitarist, Bill Hudson

"Bill has the toured the world alongside the likes of VITAL REMAINS, NIGHTRAGE (filling in for OZZY OSBOURNE's guitarist, Gus G), CIRCLE II CIRCLE, EMPHATIC, CELLADOR, POWER QUEST and many others. He is a world-class guitar player and truly a welcome addition to the JOP lineup. We are very much looking forward to rehearsals in the coming months. PP is going to awesome!

"Cheers one and all...more news as it happens."

Hudson's first live performance with the band will be the headlining set at ProgPower USA XV this September, when the classic Savatage album "Streets" will be performed in its entirety. On that note the band states: "We have decided that the sold-out ProgPower Festival in Atlanta will be our only show this year. Glenn and the fans wanted a very special once in a lifetime show and we feel it is only right that we give them want they demanded."

In addition, the band has also posted an update on the new material and follow up to the 2010 album "Festival." The new material is said to be the heaviest and darkest material from Oliva to date:

"Lots going on in the JOP camp. We are reviewing more complete demo's for the new album. Lots of very heavy and dark material for sure...." More...

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Circle II Circle Releases New Music Video

Circle II Circle, featuring ex-Savatage vocalist Zak Stevens, released a new music video for the track "Diamond Blade." The track appears on the latest album "Seasons Will Fall," which was issued in January 2013 via earMusic.

The video was compiled from fan footage recorded from Europe to Brazil. Check out "Diamond Blade" here:

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ProgPower USA XIV: "Dark Fate Of Atlanta"

I. The Setup

For as long as I can remember, I've searched for what I would define as a "perfect concert" - a mighty bucket list item that eluded me. I fixed the label to many shows in the interim, scratching off those "before death" list items one by one as each successive concert outdid the previous. Back in mid-2012, when I submitted my sponsor list for 2013, I listed fifteen bands I wanted to see and was willing to put money on for ProgPower USA. Number one of that list was Luca Turilli's Rhapsody. The reason is simple....there is no composer in heavy metal not named Jon Oliva that can even compare to the wealth of fantastic material presented since the 90’s. Turilli had numerous solo albums and various side bands all in addition to writing a double power metal story arc that lasted eleven straight albums, many of which grace the top lists of any fan of the genre. Well in advance of the latest two Rhapsody of Fire albums, Luca decided that it had to end…and that he needed to split off and see his own vision of band - one that would turn it towards the cinematic. In what appeared to be a confusing agreement with lifetime friend and co-founder Alex Staropoli, the two would split - each keeping a variant of the name and both claiming the entire back catalog as his own. Then, in a feat that I have seen nowhere else in band splits, the two would remain close friends and allies, each supporting the other and respective releases. Since then, Turilli fired the first salvo with “Ascending to Infinity,” an album so perfect it’s actually hard to listen to (see review here). Even though Rhapsody was not scheduled for the main festival, in the fall of 2012 it was announced that the band would headline the Thursday night kick off show with two hour plus set. Though ProgPower’s main festival would prove so great, this concert was the highlight of not only the festival….but my entire life. What would follow can only be deemed the “perfect concert.” More...

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ProgPower USA XIV: At A Glance

In its 14th year for 2013, the ProgPower USA Festival is one of the longest-running US festivals, and the longest-running US multi-day festival to feature bands from outside the US.

This year, it has the special distinction of being the US debut show for five bands. Totaling more than a hundred and twenty band performances in its time, it has developed a reputation as a tastemakers’ festival, heightening awareness within the US of foreign bands.

It can be a daunting festival, price- and endurance-wise, but it’s one that should be considered if the genres it derives its name from at all turn your head. Here’s what you can expect from this year’s celebration of the fast and the nerdy down at Center Stage in Atlanta, Georgia, starting on September 4th. More...

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White Wizzard To Play Rock Harvest II

White Wizzard has been confirmed for Rock Harvest II, a three-day concert which takes place at the House of Rock in White Marsh, Maryland in November.

The second annual Rock Harvest will be running from Thursday, November 7th to Saturday, November 9th in support of the police non-profit organization, Fallen Blue. Other bands performing alongside White Wizzard includes Heathen, Raven, Leatherwolf, Reverence, Circle II Circle, and Silent Rage. White Wizzard will be performing on Thursday, November 7th. Tickets for Rock Harvest II are available now at this location.

White Wizzard is due to release new studio album, "The Devils Cut," on June 3rd in Europe via Earache Records, and June 25th in the USA via Century Media/Earache Records. The album features artwork by Cameron Davis, who is known for his work as lead character designer and illustrator for the Guitar Hero video game series.

Catch the band live:

May 08 - Fullerton, CA - Slide Bar (w/ Cauldron)
November 07 - White Marsh, MD - Rock Harvest II More...

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Circle II Circle Posts New Music Video

Circle II Circle, featuring former Savatage vocalist Zak Stevens, posted a new music video for "Seasons Will Fall." The song is the title track to the band's latest album, which was issued in January via earMusic.

Check out the video here:

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Eternal Flight Supporting Circle II Circle

Eternal Flight and Nightmare have announced they will be supporting Circle II Circle on an upcoming European trek in May and June. Dates and venues are available in the poster below, and further details can be found at the Circle II Circle Facebook profile. More...

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Circle II Circle Streaming New Song

Brave Words & Blood Knuckles today brings fans a preview of “Killing Death” from Circle II Circle. The track stream comes in anticipation of the band’s forthcoming "Seasons Will" Fall full-length, set for North American release via Armoury Records on January 29th, 2013 (next Tuesday).

Give the song a listen right here. The following press release was also issued about the album:

"Led by former Savatage vocaist Zak Stevens, the 12-track Seasons Will Fall promises to be the band’s strongest album to date both musically and sonically. Blending Stevens’ history and unique 'Savatage style' with the fresh sounds he’s meticulously developed with CIIC, Seasons Will Fall is a commanding fusion of metal and hard rock, powered by his passionate melodic rock vocals."

Stevens comments of the theme behind the "Killing Death" track: “The lyrics are basically about taking control of something that is detrimental or that may be shortening your life. It’s about ridding yourself of the things that you know are making your days numbered before they wind up actually killing you.”

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Circle II Circle Posts "Diamond Blade" Preview

Circle II Circle, featuring former Savatage vocalist Zak Stevens, posted a preview clip for the track "Diamond Blade." The song appears on the band's forthcoming LP "Seasons Will Fall," which is scheduled for release through Armoury Records, in conjunction with Hamburg, Germany-based earMUSIC, on January 25, 2013 (EU) and January 29, 2013 (North America).

The track listing for "Seasons Will Fall" is as follows:

1. Diamond Blade
2. Without a Sound
3. Killing Death
4. Epiphany
5. End of Emotion
6. Dreams That Never Die
7. Seasons Will Fall
8. Never Gonna Stop
9. Isolation
10. Sweet Despair
11. Downshot
12. Only Yesterday

Check out the "Diamond Blade" preview here: More...

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Circle II Circle Posts "Seasons Will Fall" Preview

Circle II Circle, featuring former Savatage vocalist Zak Stevens, posted an album preview for he band's upcoming LP "Seasons Will Fall," which was just announced at the end of November. The album will drop through Armoury Records, in conjunction with Hamburg, Germany-based earMUSIC, on January 25, 2013 (EU) and January 29, 2012 (North America).

The track listing is as follows:

1. Diamond Blade
2. Without A Sound
3. Killing Death
4. Epiphany
5. End Of Emotion
6. Dreams That Never Die
7. Seasons Will Fall
8. Never Gonna Stop
9. Isolation
10. Sweet Despair
11. Downshot
12. Only Yesterday

Check out the preview clip here: More...

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Circle II Circle Announces New Album Release

Armoury Records, in conjunction with Hamburg, Germany-based earMUSIC, will release the sixth studio album from American metallers Circle II Circle this Winter. The following press release was issued about the album:

"Led by former Savatage vocalist Zak Stevens, the 12-track 'Seasons Will Fall' promises to be the band’s strongest album to date both musically and sonically blending Stevens’ history and unique 'Savatage style' with the fresh sounds he’s meticulously developed with CIIC — a commanding fusion of metal and hard rock, powered by his passionate melodic rock vocals. From the howling guitar riffs of 'Diamond Blade' and 'Killing Death' to the energetic sound of 'Never Gonna Stop,' the album contains everything you want from a heavy rock album.

"EarMUSIC/Edel and Zak Stevens have enjoyed critical acclaim and commercial success together over the years with Savatage’s Dead Winter Dead (1995) and The Wake of Magellan (1997), true milestones of hard rock/heavy metal and some of the highest charting metal success stories of the ‘90s."

Comments Stevens of the new label home and forthcoming full-length: “With earMUSIC releasing our sixth album, we are exactly where we need to be at this point in our career. We have the right album along with a fantastic new label. The timing of all this will take the upcoming world tour to an entirely new level. We are very much looking forward to the release of Seasons Will Fall. This is an album that will strongly define the identity and place of hard rock and heavy metal music in the world today.”

"Seasons Will Fall" will be released in North America via Armoury Records on January 29th, 2013. The track listing is as follow: More...

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ProgPower USA Announces 2013 Kick Off Show

ProgPower USA kick off show promoter Nathan “The SwordLord” Block announced the annual festival's kick off show for 2013 to be held on Thursday September 5, 2013. The video below reveals that the headlining act will be Luca Turilli's Rhapsody, with an extended two hour set, along with Circle II Circle, featuring Zak Stevens (Ex-Savatage), who will play the entire Savatage LP "Wake of Magellan." The opening act will be Sacramento progressive band In the Silence.

The announcement reads as follow:

"The time has finally come to reveal who will be playing the Kick-Off Show for 2013. To say that I am beyond excited would be the understatement of the year!

"I want to thank Wayne, Jen and of course Glenn for all of their help in getting this epic video made and posted. I think that it is a fantastic prelude for what is to come.

"Tickets will go on sale on Saturday, November 17. There will be a rather large incentive to buy your tickets *early*, so watch the forum and website for more details on that date.

"I guarantee that this Kick-Off Show will be one for the record books. In fact, I am SO confident of this that I am going to offer a 50% discount on the 2014 Kick-Off Show for everyone that purchases a ticket to the 2013 show. Yes, you read that right. If you purchase a ticket to Kick-Off 2013, you will be able to get into Kick-Off 2014 for HALF PRICE. No tricks, no gimmicks. I am beyond excited for everyone I have on this bill and I know they are going to put on a terrific show. I want every single one of you to be there.

"The doors are a little early because the mid-card and headline bands both have very, very special extended sets. The middle band will be playing 90 minutes and the headliner will be playing for 135 minutes! Everyone is going to get the maximum amount of music for their hard-earned dollar.

"I am looking forward to hearing your feedback on this line-up. I have been working very hard on it for many weeks now. I think it is a fitting way to start out the 14th year of the greatest metal festival on the planet. I look forward to sharing the evening with all of you.

For the music,
Nathan “The SwordLord” Block
10 Years Under the Sword
Independent Metal Promoter, 2002-2012" More...

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Circle II Circle Releasing "Best Of" Album

U.S. power metallers Circle II Circle (with former Savatage member Zak Stevens on vocals) will release their first ever career retrospective "Full Circle - The Best Of" on July 20th. The retrospective includes highlight tracks off the band's five studio albums, many b-sides, bonus tracks, and rare songs. All tracks have been remastered for this compilation, and the track listing is as follows:

CD 1:

1. All That Remains
2. Who Am I To Be
3. Consequence Of Power
4. Watching In Silence
5. Dead Of Dawn
6. Into The Wind
7. In This Life
8. Out Of Nowhere
9. Revelations
10. Blood Of An Angel
11. Heal You
12. Open Season
13. Echoes
14. Out Of Reach
15. Forgiven
16. Redemption

CD 2:

1. Every Last thing (Edit)
2. The Circle
3. Sentenced
4. Take Back Yesterday
5. The Middle Of Nowhere
6. Soul Breaker
7. Darkness Rising
8. Into The Wind (Acoustic)
9. Shadows
10. Symptoms Of Fate
11. Stay
12. Watching In Silence (Live)
13. Burden Of Truth (Acoustically Enhanced)
14. Against The World
15. Evermore (Live)
16. Strung Out More...

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Jon Oliva To Play With Chris Caffery At BYH 2012

Jon Oliva's Pain, led by the Mountain King himself, will play the classic Savatage release "Hall of the Mountain King" (1987) in its entirety along with Savatage guitarist Chris Caffery (Trans-Siberian Orchestra) at next years Bang Your Head Festival to be held in Balingen, Germany from July 13-14, 2012. The performance will mark the album's 25th Anniversary. The band will also perform some songs from Doctor Buther, the defunct project of Oliva and Caffery.

It was reported earlier that former Savatage vocalist Zack Stevens and Circle II Circle will perform Savatage's "Wake of Magellan" LP with Caffery at Wacken 2012 in August.

In other Jon Oliva's Pain news, Oliva and drummer Chris Kinder continue to demo songs for the next JLP album and the follow up to the 2010 release "Festival." In the latest update on the band's Facebook Page, Kinder states: "As for the 'band,' we have made no decisions on anything at this point. The first objective right now is the songs. So, we will continue the process as we have done since 'Maniacal Renderings' which is basically Jon's ideas and me crafting them into working songs and then we will worry about the rest of the details. Everything and everyone else involved with work itself out in the very near future. It's just nice to finally be back on that horse and riding a new wave of music for a JOP release in 2012."

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Circle II Circle To Perform Savatage LP At Wacken

Power/progressive metal band Circle II Circle, which features ex-Savatage singer Zack Stevens, announced that it will perform the entire Savatage LP "Wake of Magellan" (1997) along with special guest guitarist Chris Caffery (Savatage, Trans-Siberian Orchestra) at the sold out Wacken 2012 event in August 2012.

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Seven Thorns To Support Circle II Circle

After appearing at the upcoming Winestock festival in Germany on July 16th, Seven Thorns will be supporting Circle II Circle in July and August. The band's upcoming shows are as follows:

July 16 Winestock Festival/Germany
July 21 Siegburg/Germany @ Kubana
July 24 Uden/Netherlands @ De Pul
July 28 Osnabruck/Germany @ Ballroom
Aug. 02 Hamburg/Germany @ Silver (Wacken Warm Up Festival)
Nov. 18 Bremer Metal Festival/Germany (headliner)

You can also check out the Seven Thorns music video for "Liberty" by heading over to this location.

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Circle II Circle Issues Update From the Road

American power metal band CIRCLE II CIRCLE, featuring vocalist Zak Stevens of Savatage fame, are currently touring through the Midwest US, which is in support of their latest album "Consequence Of Power." The band will play Kenosha, Wisconsin tonight on their way to the final two shows in Chicago and Cleveland.

Stated Zak Stevens from the road this week, "We're still cruising along playing shows in the Midwest in Ohio, Illinois, Wisconsin, Minnesota in November and December to finish off our initial world tour in support of our new CD Consequence Of Power. We'll be touring out across the U.S. supporting the new album throughout 2011. We're looking forward to seeing all our fans across the country in the coming year and we're very excited about the worldwide response to the new record."

Remaining CIRCLE II CIRCLE Midwest US tour dates are as follows:

12/04/2010 Hattrix Bar - Kenosha, WI
12/10/2010 Nitecap Chicago - Chicago, IL
12/16/2010 The Phantasy Nite Club - Cleveland, OH

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Circle II Circle Issues Update To Studio Diary

Circle II Circle has been working hard on their highly anticipated 5th studio album "Consequence of Power". Check out LoudTrax.com to read a studio diary written exclusively by the band. The album is set for a Fall 2010 release.

An excerpt from the studio diary is as follows:


"Went into SWEET SPOT studios & started setting the drums up for CONSEQUENCE OF POWER. I am really looking forward to it because I really like this studio. Working w/ the owner Jim Fox, is always a treat. I always like to go in early, the night before and stretch out new drum heads on my custom Joey Jordison double bass kit. This kit is set up a lot different than most drummers and tuned a lot lower than most, consisting of 10” & 12” drums on the far left a 13” drum in the middle and a 14” on the right w/ a 13” Pork Pie metal screamer snare. My cymbals consist of a variety of brands Zildjian, Sabian, & Meinl. The cymbals are also set up a little stranger than the average drummers set up consisting of a set of 13” hi hats on the left and a set of 14” hi hats on the right. An 18” china on the right and an 18” china on the left. Two 18” crash cymbals in the center right & center left position and two 16” crash cymbals on the outside. The ride cymbal placement is low center right." More...

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