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Circus Maximus

Formed: 2000
From: Oslo, Norway
Last Known Status: Active

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Circus Maximus Wreaks "Havoc" On New Lyic Video

Norweigian progressive metal act Circus Maximus released a lyric video for the new track "Havoc." The song is the title track from the eagerly anticipated album due out on March 18th via Frontiers Music srl.

Musically the band offers the usual mixture of very heavy moments intertwined with extremely accessible melodies. Songs like "Pages", the opener "The Weight", "After the Fire" and "Remember" show the full range of the Circus Maximus sound. The album has very heavy songs ("Havoc") and slow and melodic moments ("Loved Ones") too.

The re-defining sound, the songwriting and the clever production, highlights the band as one of the leading, original Progressive-Metal bands around. It's early yet, but "Havoc" is an absolute contender for Top Albums of 2016, transcending the boundaries and subgenres of Hard, progressive and metal music. It is just THAT good!

The track list for the album is:

1. The Weight (song streaming here)
2. Highest Bitter
3. Havoc
4. Pages
5. Flames
6. Loved Ones
7. After The Fire
8. Remember
9. Chivalry

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Circus Maximus Bears "The Weight"

Norweigian progressive metal act Circus Maximus is streaming the new single "The Weight." The song is the opening track from the upcoming new release via Frontiers Music Srl "Havoc," the eagerly anticipated new album from Circus Maximus due out March 18th.

The track list for the album is:

1. The Weight
2. Highest Bitter
3. Havoc
4. Pages
5. Flames
6. Loved Ones
7. After The Fire
8. Remember
9. Chivalry

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Circus Maximus To Wreak "Havoc"

Frontiers Music Srl is excited to announce all details of "Havoc," the eagerly anticipated new album from Circus Maximus, due for release on March 18, 2016.

"Havoc" is Circus Maximus' highly anticipated fourth studio album and one that will certainly make a huge impact on the progressive metal scene. The band's musical formula is not easy to pull off. Take jaw-dropping musicianship, singer Michael Eriksen with a voice from the heavens and put it together with hooks, anthemic melodies, and enough groove and heavy riffing to satisfy any prog metal fan, and you've got the Circus Maximus sound.

"The theme on this new album is about moments and experiences in life that lead to love and hate," says guitarist and producer Mats Haugen. "Metaphorically, it's about succumbing to fire and striving to cope with the aftermath of decisions when overshadowed by the love we have for others and ourselves."

Musically the band offers the usual mixture of very heavy moments intertwined with extremely accessible melodies. Songs like "Pages", the opener "The Weight", "After the Fire" and "Remember" show the full range of the Circus Maximus sound. Still, the album has very heavy songs ("Havoc") and slow and melodic moments ("Loved Ones") too.

The band is set to tour heavily in support of this new release with shows in Europe, US (they are already confirmed for the ProgPower Festival) and more territories to come.

The re-defining sound, the songwriting and the clever production, highlights the band as one of the leading, original Progressive-Metal bands around. It's early yet, but Havoc is an absolute contender for Top Album of 2016, transcending the boundaries and subgenres of Hard, Progressive and Metal music. It`s just THAT good - enjoy! More...

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ProgPower USA Completes Day 1/2 Lineup

ProgPower USA promoters Glenn Harveston, Milton Mendonca and Nathan Block have announced that Germany's Blind Guardian has been named the headline act for Day 2 of ProgPower USA XVII on Thursday, September 8, 2015, joining the previously confirmed Day 2 acts: Pyramaze, Gloryhammer and Circus Maximus.

As for Day 1 (Wednesday, September 7, 2015), the lineup is anchored by DragonForce along with Lord, Stream of Passion and Spock's Beard.

Tickets for Days 1/2 go on sale on Saturday, December 5, 2015 via Ticketmaster.

The final lineup for Day 1/2 is:

Wednesday (September 7, 2016):

Lord (Australia)
Stream of Passion (Netherlands)
Spock's Beard (USA)
DragonForce (UK) (headliner)

Thursday (Promoter's Pick Night) (September 8, 2016):

Pyramaze (Denmark)
Gloryhammer (Switzerland & Scotland)
Circus Maximus (Norway)
Blind Guardian (Germany) (headliner) More...

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DragonForce Named ProgPower USA Day 1 Headliner

ProgPower USA promoters Glenn Harveston, Milton Mendonca and Nathan Block have announced that U.K. power metal act DragonForce has been named the headline act for Day 1 of ProgPower USA XVII on Wednesday, September 7, 2015. The band joins previously announced Day 1 acts: Lord, Stream of Passion and Spock's Beard

As for Day 2 (Thursday, September 8, 2016), Pyramaze, Gloryhammer and Circus Maximus were previously announced.

The final headline slot - Glenn Harveston's pick for Day 2 (Thursday, September 7, 2015) - will be revealed on November 30th. Tickets for Days 1/2 will be available on December 4, 2015.

The latest lineup for Day 1/2 is:

Wednesday (September 7, 2016):

Lord (Australia)
Stream of Passion (Netherlands)
Spock's Beard (USA)
DragonForce (UK)

Thursday (Promoter's Pick Night) (September 8, 2016):

Pyramaze (Denmark)
Gloryhammer (Switzerland & Scotland)
Circus Maximus (Norway)
Slot # 3 - TBA November 30, 2015 (headliner) More...

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Pyramaze Added To ProgPower USA XVII

ProgPower USA promoters Glenn Harveston, Milton Mendonca and Nathan Block have announced that Denmark based progressive metal act Pyramaze will take the newly expanded fourth slot for Thursday, September 8, 2016, as the new opening band dubbed as "The People's Choice." The band joins previously announced Day 2 acts Gloryhammer (now in the second slot) and Circus Maximus.

As for Day 1 (Wednesday, September 7, 2016), Lord, Stream of Passion and Spock's Beard were previously announced.

The two headline slots will be revealed soon. The latest lineup for Day 1/2 is:

Wednesday (September 7, 2016):

Lord (Australia)
Stream of Passion (Netherlands)
Spock's Beard (USA)
Slot #4 - TBA (headliner)

Thursday (Promoter's Pick Night) (September 8, 2016):

Pyramaze (Denmark)
Gloryhammer (Switzerland & Scotland)
Circus Maximus (Norway)
Slot # 3 - TBA (headliner) More...

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Spock's Beard Named For ProgPower USA, Day 1

ProgPower USA promoters Glenn Harveston, Milton Mendonca and Nathan Block have announced that Los Angeles progressive rock act act Spock's Beard will take the third slot for Wednesday, September 7, 2016 in the upcoming revamped format for ProgPower USA, Day 1, joining opener Lord and Stream of Passion. Gloryhammer and Circus Maximus were previously announced as acts one and two for Thursday, Day 2 (September 8, 2016).

The current lineup for Day 1/2 is:

Wednesday (September 7, 2016):

Lord (Australia)
Stream of Passion (Netherlands)
Spock's Beard (USA)
Slot #4 - TBA (headliner)

Thursday (Promoter's Pick Night) (September 8, 2016):

Gloryhammer (Switzerland & Scotland)
Circus Maximus (Norway)
Slot # 3 - TBA (headliner) More...

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Circus Maximus Returns To ProgPower USA In 2016

ProgPower USA promoters Glenn Harveston, Milton Mendonca and Nathan Block have announced that Norweigian progressive metal act act Circus Maximus will take the second slot in for Thursday, September 8, 2016 in the upcoming revamped format for ProgPower USA, Day 2, joining opener Gloryhammer. Lord and Stream of Passion and were previously announced as acts one and two for Wednesday, Day 1 (September 7, 2016).

The current lineup for Day 1/2 is:

Wednesday (September 7, 2016):

Lord (Australia)
Stream of Passion (Netherlands)
Slot #3 - TBA
Slot #4 - TBA (headliner)

Thursday (Promoter's Pick Night) (September 8, 2016):

Gloryhammer (Switzerland & Scotland)
Circus Maximus (Norway)
Slot # 3 - TBA (headliner) More...

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ProgPower USA XIV: Saturday Crazies

Carrying the energy over from ProgPower XIV’s Friday show to Saturday’s show was like a Herculean trial for me, running on a combined total of 6 hours sleep from the last two days. In the quiet of dawn, nobody from ProgPower: Hardcore, the unofficial fitness group, was awake enough to run or work out, but not for lack of effort -- They had put in a good run and hot yoga session earlier in the week. (Only at ProgPower, folks.) Fortunately, each of the seven bands on the second day’s roster brought its game face and gave me and the other concert-goers what we needed to raise our bodies, put our hands in the air, bang our heads, jump (if you really enjoyed Sabaton), and fall in love all over again.

After descending upon Einstein Bagel Co at the end of Peachtree St for breakfast with my group of fellow black-shirted friends, which brought a few funny reactions from the locals, we headed down to The Loft next to Center Stage to see Wolverine’s exclusive all-acoustic set for Gold Badge holders and sponsors only. Having rehearsed well in advance, Wolverine was a well-oiled machine, although the same could not be said for the guitar cables that seemed to be shorting out on them by the dozen. Nevertheless, the show was to be unforgettable. Drawing heavily from “Communication Lost,” perhaps the easiest Wolverine album to translate to an acoustic setting, the show took the form of a sort of “Storytellers” gig.

The typical routine they followed went something like this: Vocalist Stefan Zell or bassist Thomas Jansson would give a background and context to a song, they would play it through, Jansson or keyboardist Per Henriksson would take a passionate but subdued solo, Zell would light up the air with his voice, and the crowd would weep. It’s true -- one attendee brought a box of tissues with her, which the band autographed after the performance, for members of the audience that couldn’t help but resonate with the song. The whole performance gave the impression of a slow burn -- warm and electrifying. A special set, indeed. 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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Circus Maximus Announces European Show Dates

Norwegian progressive metal act Circus Maximus has announced a string of tour dates for Europe in support of the latest LP "Nine," which was issued in the beginning of June via Frontiers Records. Support acts will be Swiss act Appearance of Nothing and Italy's DGM.

Confirmed dates are:

22.09.2013 - Munich (D), Garage Deluxe
24.09.2013 - Trieste (I), Macaki Club*
25.09.2013 - Ferrara (I), Madam Butterfly*
27.09.2013 - Rome (I), Orion*
28.09.2013 - Milan (I), Barrio's Cafe*
29.09.2013 - Pratteln (CH), Galery More...

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ReinXeed Cancels ProgPower USA Performance

Swedish metal act ReinXeed has cancelled its first U.S. performance, which was scheduled for Saturday, September 7, 2013 at the ProgPower USA Festival in Atlanta, GA. Festival promoter Glenn Harveston announced that Chicago progressive metal act Divinity Compromised will fill the 2-3pm opening spot for that day.

The band provided the following explanation: "We are very sorry to announce our cancellation of ProgPower USA and all other shows and festivals in 2013. Due to personal private reasons Tommy ReinXeed will not do any more live shows after the "Rock out Wild" festival and for the rest of the year.

"We are all very sorry about this but respect his decision and are looking forward to the upcoming release of the album 'A New World' and new strength and motivation to tour in the future."

The revised lineup for ProgPower USA is as follows:

Thursday, September 5, 2013 (Kickoff Show):

In The Silence - 6:00 to 6:45
Circle II Circle - 7:15 to 8:45
Luca Turilli's Rhapsody - 9:30 to 11:45 More...

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Circus Maximus Posts "Namaste" Music Video

Norwegian progressive metal act Circus Maximus posted a music video for "Namaste," the band's first official music video. The song appears on the latest LP "Nine," the third LP, which was issued in 2012. The video was directed by Sven Erik Nordset.

Circus Maxmius will make its United States live debut, exclusively at ProgPower USA in Atlanta. The festival runs from September 5-7, 2013. Tickets can be purchased at this location.

Check out "Namaste" here:

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ProgPower USA Reveals 2013 Festival Lineup

Just following Epica's performance on the first day of ProgPower USA XIII, festival promoter Glenn Harveston revealed the lineup for ProgPower XIV, held annually at Center Stage in Atlanta, Georgia. For 2013, Saturday's event will be held on Friday, September 6-7, 2013 and will have one less band, but Saturday there will be a triple co-headliner. The roster was revealed as the following:

Friday, Sept. 6, 2012:

Damnation Angels
Myrath
Xandria
Wolverine
Ashes of Ares
Soilwork (co-headliner)
Shadow Gallery (co-headliner)

Saturday, Sept. 7, 2012:

ReinXeed
Heaven's Cry
Wolf
Circus Maximus (co-headliner)
Armored Saint (co-headliner)
Sabaton (co-headliner) More...

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Circus Maximus Streaming Song From New Album

Circus Maximus has now released the new album "Nine" in North America this week via Frontiers Records. Blistering.com has also premiered the new track "Reach Within" online, which you can hear at this location or in the player below. The following press release was issued about the album:

"The follow up to 2007's critically admired concept album 'Isolate,' 'Nine' delivers ten monolithic tracks of advanced metal featuring layers of gargantuan guitars, supercharged synths, soaring vocals and heavyweight hooks that will surely find appeal with fans of Opeth, Dream Theater, Symphony X, Queensryche, Fates Warning and more."

Drummer Truls Haugen added, "The majority of the material on the new record was written by (guitarist) Mats Haugen and he has taken the music to a kind of simpler and more accessible approach, yet kept the progressive elements and the 'nerve' that is Circus Maximus. We're actually both heavier and more melodic on this new record than we've ever been. After all this time we are ready to unleash our new monster!"

The track listing is as follows:

1. Forging
2. Architect Of Fortune
3. Namaste
4. Game Of Life
5. Reach Within
6. I Am
7. Used
8. The One
9. Burn After Reading
10. Last Goodbye More...

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Circus Maximus Posts "Nine" Video EPK

Norwegian melodic progressive metal band Circus Maximus posted a video EPK for the band's forthcoming third LP "Nine." Nine is scheduled for release on June 1, 2012 (EU) and June 5, 2012 (North America). The album is the band's first since the 2007 sophomore effort "Isolate."

The track listing for "Nine" is as follows:

1. Forging
2. Architect of Fortune
3. Namaste
4. Game of Life
5. Reach Within
6. I Am
7. Used
8. The One
9. Burn After Reading
10. Last Goodbye

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Circus Maximus Announces New Album

Circus Maximus has announced the band's new album "Nine" will be released this coming June on Frontiers Records. The label issued the following statement:

"Frontiers Records is excited to announce the release of the anticipated third album from Norwegian Progsters Circus Maximus entitled 'Nine' on June 1st in Europe and June 5th in North America.Five years after the successful release of the concept album 'Isolate,' this time Circus Maximus are back with a strong and mature cd.

"Circus Maximus spent anyway their time also working hard to further refining their sound. With 'Nine' they are poised to take their place alongside the upper echelon of Progressive Metal bands. The band’s musical formula is not easy to accomplish – take jaw dropping musicianship, add a singer like Michael Eriksen with a voice from heaven and toss it together with hooks, anthemic melodies and enough groove and heavy riffing that really gets into your head."

"A lot happened in our personal lives during the past few years," explains drummer Truls Haugen. "Three of us had kids, plus we also had a several bumps in the road with the production. So it has not exactly been a joyride, but it feels great to finally be done, and after all this time we are ready to unleash our new monster!" More...

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Pagan's Mind Performance Footage Posted Online

Footage has been posted online of Pagan's Mind performing the "Eyes of Fire" song live, with Michael Eriksen of Circus Maximus filling in on vocals for Nils K. Rue. You can check out the clip in the player below.

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Pagan's Mind Vocalist To Miss Tour Dates

Pagan's Mind vocalist Nils K. Rue has checked in with the following announcement about missing three upcoming shows:

"Dear friends, as you might know, we are off to do the 'Revelation to 2012' European tour together with Symphony X on Wednesday 28th of September, and travel for over three weeks covering most of Western Europe. We can´t wait to see you all again, it will be a blast!

"Due to unforeseen circumstances that popped up just a few weeks ago and can not be solved in a different way, I won´t be able to do three of the shows. I will do the shows in Hamburg and Bochum (the first two dates of the tour), but the next three German gigs (C-Club in Berlin, Colos-Saal in Aschaffenburg and Backstage Halle in Munich) will be with someone else behind the microphone. This is the first time ever I have had to ask for help, but this is the only solution right now as I don't want the band to cancel these important shows. And hopefully - though I know we have found the right solution - it will be the last time I need assistance. More...

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Circus Maximus Posts Video Blog

Circus Maximus has now posted a third video blog online, which features Glenn Mollen and Mats Haugen discussing the band's recent and upcoming activity. You can check out the clip in the player below. An update from the band in late April about recording delays can also be found at this location.

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