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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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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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Circle II Circle Enters Sweet Spot Studios

CIRCLE II CIRCLE, led by former front man of SAVATAGE, Zak Stevens, has begun laying down tracks at Sweet Spot Studios for the recording of it’s 5th album entitled "Consequence Of Power." The second concept album for the band, "Consequence Of Power" has been described as, “a melodic power metal album catering to all fans from the old SAVTAGE era to all CIRCLE II CIRCLE European fans and breaking new ground for an all new fan base in America.” The release is expected for Fall of 2010 through AFM Records.

According to Stevens, “It’s been a hell of a ride so far, but it seems like just the beginning for some reason. People are really appreciating the purity of real hard rock & metal music these days since the genre became somewhat out of focus within the music industry the last five years. The demand for our style of music has roared back from fans, both young and old, on the history behind the band. We hear the calling and we continue to move forward. CIRCLE II CIRCLE will take you on a musical journey like no other rock/metal band. We will deliver a monumental evening of rock and roll power every night on tour. Don’t miss it!” The band’s line up consists of Zak Stevens (vocals), Andy Lee (guitar), Mitch Stewart (bass/keyboards) and new drummer Johnny Osborn, formerly of DR BUTCHER.

CIRCLE II CIRCLE recently signed a management deal with VENOMM and is currently booking for the POWER TOUR 2010/2011 due to begin his summer.

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Circle II Circle Begins Work On New Album

CIRCLE II CIRCLE, featuring former Savatage singer Zak Stevens, has just started recording their 5th album. The album, entitled "Consequence Of Power," will be the band's 2nd concept album. The album is expected to be released in Fall 2010.

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Line Up Announced For Triton Power Cruise 2010

The first U.S. Triton Power Cruise will take place on the Carnival Imagination on April 30th - May 3rd, 2010 and will launch from Miami, FL. The currently announced line up will consist of Jon Oliva's Pain, Evergrey, Crimson Glory, Seven Witches, Circle II Circle, Vougan, and Eumeria. Further information on the cruise can be found here.

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Crimson Glory Announces ProgPower Guest Vocalists

Crimson Glory is pleased to announce that they have confirmed the following special guest vocalists to perform with them during their headlining set at ProgPower USA X:

Wade Black (Crimson Glory/Leatherwolf)
Zak Stevens (Savatage/Circle II Circle)
Lance King (Pyramaze/Balance of Power)
Nils K. Rue (Pagan’s Mind)
Chris Salinas (Zero Hour/Power of Omens)
Ronny Monroe (Metal Church)
Andy B. Franck (Brainstorm/Symphorce/Ivanhoe)
Sean Peck (Cage)
Danilo Herbert (Mindflow)
Joakim Brodén (Sabaton)
Michael Eriksen (Circus Maximus)
David Vanlanding (Crimson Glory/Michael Schenker Group) More...

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Circle II Circle Issues Tour Road Report

Florida metallers Circle II Circle have issued the following tour update:

"Holy SHIT are we having fun out here!!! Hanging with alot of our old friends and making a bunch of new ones, too! The shows have been going GREAT! We would like to thank ALL you fans who have come out to the shows already! ESPECIALY those of you who have been following us to a few places so far!

"We are in Switzerland at the moment.....Pratteln to be exact. Just did our sound check here at the Z7 and are about to eat the long awaited meal that they always seem to prepare for us! The guys in Pure Inc and Tempesta will be joining us tonight for some partying....Looking forward to that as well!!! I guess that's pretty much it for now....We are drinking, smoking, laughing, sleeping a little and rocking a LOT! HOPE TO SEE YOU ALL SOON!!!


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Circle II Circle Announces Headlining Tour

Florida metallers, Circle II Circle, have issued the following update regarding their upcoming tour:

"We can gladly announce the first confirmed 18 shows of the CIRCLE II CIRCLE Headlining European Tour 2009 - aptly titled 'Delusions Of GrandTour 2009'"

"Support on the entire tour will come from Denmark's MANTICORA and UK/Italy's POWER QUEST. " More...

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Vougan To Record Live Performances For DVD

Carlos Zema traveled to Brazil to rejoin his Vougan band mates earlier this year for Porao do Rock, the country's largest independent rock festival. Still in Brazil, the band will be recording a live DVD performances during two concerts on November 14 & 15.

The first will be a charity event for the non-governmental agency, Amisrael, an organization known as "The Messengers of Peace." This performance will be an "unplugged" recording. The second performance, at the Atlanta Music Hall in Goiania, Brazil will be be a full-blown, live, concert video. Other bands performing include, Andre Matos (Angra/Shaman), Mindflow, Heaven's Guardian, Refine, and Dynahead.

The DVD will be packaged as a double live video, and will include plenty of extras. Some of the confirmed guests include, Andre Matos (Angra/Shaman),
David Shankle (Manowar / DSG), and Bill Hudson (Cellador/Powerquest/Circle II Circle).

All DVD sales proceeds will go to Amisrael in an effort to support world peace. Sponsorship opportunities to help finance this charitable project are available. Interested parties should contact admin[AT]metalmusicpromotions.com with the subject: SPONSOR.

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Circle II Circle Announces New Guitarist

Florida metallers, Circle II Circle, welcomes guitarist Bill Hudson (known from Power Quest, Cellador and The Supremacy a.o.) to the band.

Circle II Circle commented: "We're sad about parting ways with Evan, but the addition of Bill into the band is gonna keep us going strong. We start our North American tour with Jon Oliva's Pain and Manticora September 20." More...

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Circle II Circle Post New Song Online

"Fatal Warning," a new track from CIRCLE II CIRCLE — the band led by ex-SAVATAGE singer Zak Stevens — is available for streaming at this location. The song comes off the group's new album, "Delusions of Grandeur", which is scheduled for release on April 25 via AFM Records. The CD will be issued as a regular jewel case, a limited edition featuring bonus material, and on picture vinyl.

"Delusions of Grandeur" (cover artwork) track listing:

01. Fatal Warning
02. Dead Of Dawn
03. Forever
04. Echoes
05. Waiting
06. Soul Breaker
07. Seclusion
08. So Many Reasons
09. Chase The Lies
10. Every Last Thing

Digipack bonus material:

11. Revelations (live video clip)
12. Stay (audio)

CIRCLE II CIRCLE will release a new four-track single on March 28 via AFM Records. Entitled "Every Last Thing", it will include a non-album and a live video clip.

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Circle II Circle Reveal New Album Details

CIRCLE II CIRCLE, the band led by ex-SAVATAGE singer Zak Stevens, will release its new album, "Delusions of Grandeur", on April 25 via AFM Records. The CD will be issued as a regular jewel case, a limited edition featuring bonus material, and on picture vinyl.

"Delusions of Grandeur" (cover artwork) track listing:

01. Fatal Warning
02. Dead Of Dawn
03. Forever
04. Echoes
05. Waiting
06. Soul Breaker
07. Seclusion
08. So Many Reasons
09. Chase The Lies
10. Every Last Thing

Digipack bonus material:

11. Revelations (live video clip)
12. Stay (audio)

CIRCLE II CIRCLE will release a new four-track single on March 28 via AFM Records. Entitled "Every Last Thing", it will include a non-album and a live video clip. More...

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Circle II Circle Announce Brazilian Tour Dates

CIRCLE II CIRCLE, the band led by ex-SAVATAGE singer Zak Stevens, will play four shows in Brazil in June:

June 12 - Curitiba/PR - Opera1
June 13 - Campinas/SP- Hammer Rock Bar
June 14 - Sao Paulo/SP - Hangar 110
June 15 - Rio de Janeiro/RJ- Bar do Tom

CIRCLE II CIRCLE will release its new album, "Delusions of Grandeur", on April 25 via AFM Records. The CD will be issued as a regular jewel case, a limited edition featuring bonus material, and on picture vinyl.

Check out the cover artwork at HeavyLaw.com.

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Chris Caffrey, Zak Stevens To Play Nightmare Fest

On Saturday March 22nd, Nightmare Metal Fest will be host to a very special show by Chris Caffery and Zak Stevens (SAVATAGE, DR. BUTCHER) also known greatly for their work with TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA and CIRCLE II CIRCLE. These two long time musical friends will reunite in the area of SAVATAGE's inception and will be performing a special set that may include songs from their SAVATAGE years, DR. BUTCHER and or other interesting moments of musical collaborations.

Here is the line-up for the Nightmare Metal Fest so far:

FRIDAY, MARCH 21, 2008 - Doors at 6pm
DISASTERPEACE (featuring Wade Black –Crimson Glory and Pete Blakk of King Diamond)

SATURDAY, MARCH 22, 2008 - Doors at 12pm
(Dinner break )

The festival takes place at the Bourbon Street Nightclub, located at 4331 US Hwy 19, New Port Richey Florida 34652 (25 Minutes from Clearwater; 30 Minutes from Tampa).

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New Circle II Circle 4 Track Single Due in March

CIRCLE II CIRCLE, featuring ex-SAVATAGE vocalist Zak Stevens, will release a new four track single via AFM Records on March 28th. Entitled 'Every Last Thing', it will include a non-album and a live video clip. The full length studio album Delusions Of Grandeur will be released on April 25th. The album will be issued as a regular jewel case verion, a limited edition featuring bonus material, and on picture vinyl.

As previously reported, CIIC will team up with JON OLIVA'S PAIN and MANTICORA for a North American tour. Dubbed the Global Intrusions tour, this will mark the first time vocalists Jon Oliva and Zak Stevens have toured together since their days in SAVATAGE in 1999. More...

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