Circle II Circle
From: Tampa, FL, United States
Last Known Status: Active
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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.
CIRCLE II CIRCLE, led by ex-SAVATAGE vocalist Zak Stevens, has signed a worldwide deal with Intromental Management.
"I'm thrilled to be working with a band that has not only established their reputation in the metal scene as a premiere talent, but is poised to take it to the next level with our help. I have been a fan of Zak's ever since his days in the mighty Savatage when I first heard Edge of Thorns", said Intromental's Managing Director, Claus Jensen.
Adds Stevens, "We're very excited about the limitless potential that this cooperation presents for us. Intromental's reputation and professionalism is outstanding. Their new partnership with Glenn Harveston directing operations in the USA was also a major factor in our signing with Intromental. We're looking forward to great things to come." More...
SAVAGE CIRCUS comment on the cancellation of the last days of the European Tour with CIRCLE II CIRCLE:
"Unfortunatly our bass player (Yenz Leonhardt) is faced with a massive muscle contortion in his shoulder resulting from ongoing overtaxing during rehearsals and touring. Being in pain from the very first minute of the tour his condition worsened day by day and finally reached a point where he had to see a doctor specializing in sports injuries. In Milano Yenz wasn't able to move his head anymore... The Doctor called him off duty immediately and gave him 20 (in words: TWENTY!) painkiller shots in the neck and spine. Even though the doc forbid Yenz to even look at a bass guitar for at least a week, he decided to play that last show in Hamburg at the Ballroom." More...
CIRCLE II CIRCLE and SAVAGE CIRCUS are joining forces for a European trek in April.
Dates for the tour, also featuring support from TOMORROW'S EVE, include:
7 - Flensburg, Germany at Roxy
8 - Osnabrück, Germany at Bastard Club
9 - Adelsheim, Germany at Life Factory
10 - Pratteln, Switzerland at Z7
11 - Villach, Austria at Volkshaus Landskron
12 - Wörgl, Austria at Komma
13 - Lyon, France at Venue TBC
14 - Barcelona, Spain at Venue TBC
15 - Madrid, Spain at Venue TBC
16 - Paris, France at La Locomotive
17 - Hamburg, Germany at Headbangers Ballroom
18 - Bochum, Germany at Matrix
19 - Den Bosch, Netherlands at W 2
20 - Zoetermeer, Netherlands at De Boerderij
21 - Aalst, Belgium at Pestpop Festival
Dorian, featuring vocalist Jim Dorian (ex-MONARCH, ANOMALY) and guitarist Tom McDyne (ex-SHUT, CIRCLE II CIRCLE) has released the video for their new single, "Sirens Scream," available on their MySpace page (and embedded below). Earlier this year, they entered the studio to record to begin recording a "heavy-yet-melodic" EP, tentatively due before the end of the year. More...
CIRCLE II CIRCLE, the band featuring former SAVATAGE frontman Zachary Stevens, has posted three songs from its upcoming "Burden of Truth" album — "Revelations", "Evermore" and "Burden of Truth" — on its official MySpace page.
"Burden of Truth" was recorded at Tampa's Morrisound Recording. Touring is scheduled for the fall 2006 throughout Europe and a special 90-minute performance at the ProgPower Festival in September — the only show where CIRCLE II CIRCLE will play "Burden of Truth" in its entirety along with some classics.
"Burden of Truth" track listing:
01. Who Am I To Be
02. Matter Of Time
03. Heal You
05. This Is Your Reality
07. The Black
10. Burden of Truth
11. Live As One
Bonus Tracks (acoustically enhanced versions):
12. Into The Wind
13. Burden Of Truth
"Burden of Truth" is scheduled for release on October 13 through AFM Records.
CIRCLE II CIRCLE — who feature in their ranks former SAVATAGE frontman Zachary Stevens — will release a new EP, entitled "Revelations", on August 18 via AFM Records. The complete track listing for the effort is as follows:
02. Who Am I
03. The Black
04. Burden of Truth (acoustically enhanced version EP only)
AFM Records has once again pushed back the projected release date of the new CIRCLE II CIRCLE album, "Burden of Truth" — this time to October 13 from the previously announced October 6.
As previously reported, CIRCLE II CIRCLE — who feature in their ranks former SAVATAGE frontman Zachary Stevens — have created a very special record based on the "Holy Blood Holy Grail" and "The Da Vinci Code" theory of a Holy Bloodline extending up to our modern day.
Commented Zak: "This is the record I’ve been trying to make my whole life and now's it's finished. Fuck, what a great feeling it is to finally realize my aspirations after all these years! CIRCLE II CIRCLE/SAVATAGE fans are in for a HUGE treat with this record." More...
AFM Records has pushed back the projected release date of the new CIRCLE II CIRCLE album, "Burden of Truth", to October 6 from the previously announced August 4.
As previously reported, CIRCLE II CIRCLE — who feature in their ranks former SAVATAGE frontman Zachary Stevens — have created a very special record based on the "Holy Blood Holy Grail" and "The Da Vinci Code" theory of a Holy Bloodline extending up to our modern day. More...
CIRCLE II CIRCLE, the band featuring former SAVATAGE frontman Zachary Stevens, have finalized the track listing for their third album, "Burden of Truth", due on August 4 via AFM Records.
CIRCLE II CIRCLE have created a very special record based on the "Holy Blood Holy Grail" and "The Da Vinci Code" theory of a Holy Bloodline extending up to our modern day.
Commented Zak: "This is the record I’ve been trying to make my whole life and now's it's finished. Fuck, what a great feeling it is to finally realize my aspirations after all these years! CIRCLE II CIRCLE/SAVATAGE fans are in for a HUGE treat with this record."
He continued: "50 million fans have read these books and i'm sure they have had some of the same feelings and questions I've had, so the band and I decided to explore our thoughts and share them with our fans. There's definitely some dark stuff on this record but if you really dig deep you'll see that there's a very positive outcome."
"Burden of Truth" was recorded at Tampa's Morrisound Recording. Touring is scheduled for the fall 2006 throughout Europe and a special 90-minute performance at the ProgPower Festival in September — the only show where CIRCLE II CIRCLE will play "Burden Of Truth" in its entirety along with some classics.
Here is the "Burden of Truth" track listing: More...
ProgPower USA promoter Glenn Harveston has confirmed that there will be a very special "all-star" performance led by vocalist Jorn Lande during his headline set at ProgPower USA this year.
Confirmed thus far to join Lande on stage are Zak Stevens (Circle II Circle, ex-Savatage), Lance King (Pyramaze), Michele Luppi (Vision Divine), Pasi Rantanen (Thunderstone), Mikkel Sandager (Mercenary), Michael Eriksen (Circus Maximus), and Mattias "IA" Eklundh (Freak Kitchen). Other participants will be announced at a later time.
Along with Lande, Swedish progressive/power metal band Evergrey will headline the two-day festival, performing a worldwide exclusive set featuring the Evergrey choir and the Poulenc String Quartet from Atlanta.
Lande and Evergrey will be joined by German power metal band Savage Circus, Dutch symphonic metal band Epica, Pyramaze, Wastefall, Sweden’s Freak Kitchen, Finland’s Thunderstone, Italy’s Vision Divine, and Denmark’s Mercenary, who is returning to ProgPower due to overwhelming popularity at ProgPower IV.
ProgPower USA VII will take place on Friday and Saturday, September 15 and 16 at Earthlink Live in Atlanta. A very limited number of tickets are available via progpowerusa.com.
Vocalist Jim Dorian (ex-MONARCH, ANOMALY) and guitarist Tom McDyne (ex-SHUT, CIRCLE II CIRCLE) have joined forces in a new project called DORIAN. They have started laying down pre-production tracks at Shut Up Studios in Clearwater, Florida and plan to enter the world-renowned Morrisound Recording Studio in Tampa to begin recording a "heavy-yet-melodic" EP, tentatively due before the end of the year.
Commented Tom: "I've had the luxury of performing with some of the most talented singers in the metal arena — Zak Stevens (SAVATAGE, CIRCLE II CIRCLE), Stephen Pearcy (RATT) and Jeff Scott Soto (YNGWIE MALMSTEEN, TALISMAN, SOUL SIRKUS) — just to name a few. It is an honor and a privilege to now have the opportunity of creating music with Jim Dorian."
Jim said: "Having worked with guitar god Ralph Santolla, the bar was set very, very high. Tom came to me with these amazing guitar riffs, and within seconds, melodies just started pouring out of me. Right away I knew we had something incredible happening."
A promotional photo of Jim and Tom is available in the "Photo" section of Tom's web site. Tom has also opened the "Video" portion of his web site, which includes a DORIAN pre-production guitar solo clip tentatively called "Sirens Scream".
Abrasive Rock.com will be hosting a live fan chat with Circle II Circle mainman Zachary Stevens Monday, November 14th, at 4:00 PM Pacific (7:00 Eastern). Fans will be able to talk to Zak directly about the critically acclaimed second album, The Middle Of Nowhere, as well as anything else they want to know.
Stevens sang for SAVATAGE from 1992 to 2000, replacing Jon Oliva. Their debut solo album, "Watching In Silence", set the scene in 2003. Now, with compositional/instrumental help from Oliva, Stevens has upped the ante on his promising solo career with "In The Middle of Nowhere", delivering 10 studio tracks in 54:26, a distinct synthesis of Progressive Rock and Power Metal. Considering his longtime musical pedigree, and the musicians he’s surrounded himself with, this South Carolinian is primed and poised to take the prog-power sub-genre to new heights with CIRCLE II CIRCLE.
On November 14th Abrasive Rock will also launch a new contest for fans to enter for a chance to win signed copies of the album as well as cool new merchendise. Go to AbrasiveRock.com/chat for more info.
Circle II Circle, the new band fronted by former Savatage singer Zachary Stevens, have announced the details of their new lineup.
Commented Stevens: "Zak says, We have been very careful to select only the best musicians for the new band. All of these guys came highly recommended by a very good friend of ours, John 'Ozzy' Osborn, who had just filled in on drums for our Saxon/Doro tour. He really understood what kind of players we needed to go to that next level, and thank god he did, because he introduced us to some really great players and some really great friends.
"Mitch Stewart (bass/vocals) and Tom Drennan (drums/vocals) were able to get on board during the June/July tour with Blaze and Saxon. They were so absolutely fantastic and made such a HUGE impression on all of the fans and press that we knew they were the guys we were looking for.
"After the tour they recommended that we contact some great friends of theirs, Evan Christopher (guitars/vocals) and Andrew Lee (guitars/vocals), both of whom they had been performing with in Nashville for many years. On the December tour with Saxon and Doro, Circle II Circle hooked up with keyboard great Oliver Palotai of Doro to handle the intricate keyboard arrangements and soon he became Circle II Circle's sixth touring member."
Circle II Circle are currently completing work on their second album, "Faces In the Dark", tentatively due late February 2005 through AFM Records. The pre-production for the CD was completed at Cabin Fever Studios in Brooksville, Florida.
Commented Zak: "We have finally found our own Circle II Circle sound!
"We make 'classic heavy metal' in a modern way!! Pushing the old boundaries, and creating a new future for this style of music that we all love so much."
In 2005, Circle II Circle will hit the road once again with an extensive worldwide tour, including some great summer festivals and possibly a headlining tour in the fall.
According to BW&BK sources, Circle II Circle frontman Zak Stevens (ex-Savatage), cut off a finger yesterday mowing his lawn in Florida and is currently in the hospital.
As previously reported, Circle II Circle have set Faces In The Dark as the working title to their second album, due out through AFM early next year. The band recently finished pre-production at Cabin Fever Studios in Brooksville, Florida.
Circle II Cirlce, the new band fronted by former Savatage singer Zachary Stevens, have set "Faces In the Dark" as the working title of their second album, tentatively due in early 2005 through AFM Records. The pre-production for the CD was completed at Cabin Fever Studios in Brooksville, Florida.
Owned and operated by hit songwriter Troy Montgomery, Cabin Fever Studios is known for its privacy, excellent writing conditions, relaxed atmosphere, and a great a collection of guns, bow and arrows, and wildlife.
Among the tracks set to appear on the upcoming album is a song penned by Stevens in collaboration with Running Wild guitarist Bernd Aufermann.
Brazil's Masters Open Air Festival has been officially cancelled, according to the event's organizers. The one-day festival, which was set to be held July 24 at Anhembi in São Paulo, Brazil, was scheduled to include performances by such acts as URIAH HEEP, NEVERMORE, OVERKILL, BLAZE, CIRCLE II CIRCLE, ROTTING CHRIST, KORZUS, DRAGONHEART, HEAVENFALLS and THALION. No further information is available at this time.