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Circus Maximus

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

Latest Circus Maximus News

Below is our complete Circus Maximus 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.

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Circus Maximus Checks In With Band Update

Norway's Circus Maximus has checked in with the following update about pushing back the band's new album and vocalist Michael Eriksen joining Kamelot on tour:

"The recording of the new album has been set back a couple months, but we can assure you it will be worth the wait! We have really taken it farther both musically and lyrically than before. We are extremely excited with this one. As soon as we start the recordings we will bring you weekly updates with teasers, interviews and videos from the studios.

"Mike has just traveled over the pond for the Kamelot's 'Pandemonium Over North America Tour 2010.' As Roy Khan has become ill Mike has on short notice agreed to fill in for him to make this tour a reality. Filling in for such a great performer and singer from a band with so many dedicated fans is a huge thing. Mike is extremely humble and honored to be a part of this. We wish Roy all the best and quick recovery."

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Kamelot Vocalist To Miss Tour

Kamelot has issued the following announcement about vocalist Roy Khan falling ill and missing the band's upcoming tour dates:

"Hello Kamelot Nation, the band and crew are all here in Tampa rehearsing for the tour – Visas have been cleared and the guys are in good spirits and ready to party with all of you. However, during rehearsals, Roy became severely ill. Due to this, as yet undiagnosed, illness, Roy reluctantly has been forced to head back home to Norway. He is currently under his physician’s care, but unfortunately these circumstances will prevent him from joining us on the North American concert tour. Of course, we want Roy to take care of his health as priority one for now and for the future.

"After much consideration on how to proceed, all of us in Kamelot feel strongly about keeping our commitment to our fans, promoters, and support bands on this tour! We are all ready and excited about playing these shows, we have flown in people from around the world to be apart of it and it has been in the works over a year! Therefore, we are working diligently with a fantastic singer willing to step in at the eleventh hour in order to make this tour a reality – our good friend Michael from Circus Maximus (Norway) has agreed to fill in for Roy! And we are excited to announce a special guest: Swedish vocalist Elize Ryd from Amaranthe will be joining the band on the North American Tour. She will also be part of the VIP meet and greet! Elize toured with us on our Summer Pandemonium Tour and also the European tour earlier this Spring.

"Also as a special thank you to our North American fans, our friends at ESP guitars have donated a beautiful ESP guitar which will be signed by Thomas Youngblood and given away at the end of our North American tour – this contest is open only to North American tour concert goers. Fans can enter for a chance to win this exclusive item by signing up in the designated area at each show! More surprises are in store at many shows including special guest appearances and more." More...

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Circus Maximus Enters The Studio

Vocalist Michael Eriksen of Norway's Circus Maximus has issued the following update about the band entering the recording studio:

"Yeah folks, that's right, the game is on. We wanted to include you all in what's going on behind the scene. We have been working on the new album for the last 3 years (!!!) and now the writing is over and we can start the recordings. 3 years is a long time, but I promise you it is worth the wait. The new album has it all, from jaw dropping riffs to melodies that would make a grown man cry. So stay tuned as the guys enter the studio to do their thang. Yesterday Mats and myself hit the studio to start the vocals on one of the tracks. It feels good to be in the studio again."

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Circus Maxiums Streaming New Song

Norwegian metallers Circus Maximus are currently streaming a new track online. The song "Silence" can be heard through the official Circus Maximus MySpace page. "Silence" was included as a bonus track on the Japanese release of their 2007 album "Isolate."

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Circus Maximus, Leverage Members Form New Band

CIRCUS MAXIMUS singer Michael Eriksen and finnish producer/guitarist Torsti Spoof (LEVERAGE) have decided to join forces together in a new band project under The Magnificent moniker. Other musicians scheduled to appear on the album include Kalle Torniainen of Brother Firetribe on drums and Pekka Lampinen of Leverage on bass.

Songwriting is well underway and sees contributions also from Pekka Heino (BROTHER FIRETRIBE, LEVERAGE), Tomppa Nikulainen (BROTHER FIRETRIBE), Tuomas Heikkinen (LEVERAGE) and Sami Hyde and others. Soundwise the album will sound like a cross between the heavier approach of Leverage with the hooks and melodies of Brother Firetribe. The recording will be completed during the winter, with Frontiers looking to release the debut album after the summer 2010.

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Circus Maximus Issues New Album Update

Norway's Circus Maximus has issued the following recording update:

"Circus Maximus will now be entering the studio to start the pre-production of the next album, planned to be released late 2010. We are writing new stuff everyday and so far we have more or less 8 songs completed for the album and we can honestly tell you it sounds AMAZING! Can't wait to show you. We would like to thank everyone who have been supporting us throughout the years... you're the best!"

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Circus Maximus Working On New Material

Norway's Circus Maximus has issued the following update about working on a new album:

"Hi everybody!

"We've just got home from Málaga (Spain) and we had the time of our lives, thx to our good friend Pako and his buddies from Invaders (Spain's #1 Iron Maiden tribute-band). The show at Smuget here in Oslo was packed to the roof and we are heading off to Atlanta this coming Sunday... so life is good ;-) The new album is still in the making and it sounds amazing! Can't wait to show it to you all... planned to be released 2010."

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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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Circus Maximus Gives the Gift of Video

Circus Maximus have put together a Christmas video for their fans to say, “Thanks for all the support in this 2008 and have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. See you in 2009 with a new album!”

Head on over to the media section on the band's website to check it out. Not to give too much away, the video includes footage of the Norwegian progressive power metal band performing at various live shows over the course of 2008, a bunch of crazy crowd sing-a-longs, and some seriously funny bloopers, including some drunken boy band-type crooning.

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ProgPower UK Cancelled

This year's ProgPower UK, which was scheduled for March 28-29 in Bristol, England, has been cancelled. The following message has been posted on wwwww.progpoweruk.com:

"This is the hardest decision we have ever had to make, but it is with great regret that we have had to cancel ProgPower UK III.

"We have made no secret of the financial difficulties that have dogged our first two years, which is why we made a significant number of changes for year three. However, ticket sales have been extremely poor and, as a result, there is no way we can stage the festival without losing a substantial amount of money – again.

"This decision has not been taken lightly and we are fully aware of both the disappointment and inconvenience it will cause. However, we simply cannot afford to keep pumping money into ProgPower UK and we can assure you that we are as disappointed about this as you no doubt are.

"As a result of this, ProgPower UK LLP will cease trading with immediate effect.

"Ticket holders who purchased tickets via cheque or Paypal through the ProgPowerUK website will be refunded by the method through which the tickets were purchased. This will be done within twenty-eight days.

"If you purchased tickets at Bristol Ticket Shop, please contact them directly for a refund.

"Please direct any enquiries to enquiries@progpoweruk.com All enquiries will be dealt with, but please be patient.

"We would like to sincerely thank everyone who has supported us over the past three years, and also thank Rene Janssen and his team giving us the opportunity to make ProgPower UK a reality.

"The ProgPower UK Team"

The following bands were scheduled to perform at ProgPower UK:

Andromeda
Brainstorm
Circus Maximus
Diablo Swing Orchestra
Evergrey
Serenity
Thunderstone
Thy Majestie
Vanden Plas

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Symphony X Give Setlist Update

SYMPHONY X's online administrator has checked in with the following update:

"I spoke to (guitarist) MJR yesterday, and he actually asked me about the poll before I had a chance to tell him about it; he was very interested to hear what the results were. He was on his way out the door to meet up with some of the other guys, and took a few minutes to write down the top fives so that they could discuss them; just like the last poll, he was surprised by some of the songs you all asked to hear. You'll be happy to hear that he said that they will definitely be using some of the songs that ya'll asked for. He also asked me to pass on the band's thanks to all of you for participating, so thank you from the band!

One more thing: Fan club members, stay tuned for an e-mail regarding the new membership structure, renewals, and the next fan club CD (which is going to be AWESOME)!"

Jax :)
SymX Staff

As previously reported, the results of the recent Symphony X setlist poll are as follows:

~Symphony X: 'Masquerade', 'Rapture Or Pain', 'Absinthe And Rue', 3-way tie for 4th: 'Premoniton', 'Shades Of Grey' and 'Thorns Of Sorrow'

~The Damnation Game: 'The Edge Of Forever', 'The Damnation Game', 'Dressed To Kill', 'A Winter's Dream - The Ascencion (Part II)', 'A Winter's Dream - Prelude (Part I)'

~The Divine Wings of Tragedy: 'Of Sins And Shadows', 'The Divine Wings Of Tragedy', 'Sea Of Lies', 'Out Of The Ashes', 'Candlelight Fantasia'

~Twilight in Olympus: 'Smoke And Mirrors', 'In The Dragon's Den', 'Through The Looking Glass', 'Church Of The Machine', 'Lady Of The Snow'

~V: The New Mythology Suite: 'Evolution (The Grand Design)', 2-way tie for 2nd: 'Communion and Oracle', 'Egypt', 'Fallen', 'A Fool's Paradise', 'Rediscovery pt. II - The New Mythology'

~The Odyssey: 'Inferno (Unleash The Fire)', 'The Odyssey', 'King Of Terrors', 'Wicked', 'Awakenings'

~Paradise Lost: 'Set The World On Fire (The Lie Of Lies)', 'Paradise Lost', 'Eve Of Seduction', 'Domination', 'The Serpent's Kiss' More...

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Circus Maximus To Support Symphony X In Europe

Norwegian progressive metal band CIRCUS MAXIMUS has been confirmed as the main support act on SYMPHONY X's European Paradise Lost tour. The dates are as follows:

Feb. 13 - Hamburg, Germany @ Markthalle
Feb. 14 - Cologne, Germany @ Live Music Hall
Feb. 15 - Hellendoorn, Netherlands @ Lantaarn
Feb. 16 - Zoetermeer, Netherlands @ Boerderij
Feb. 17 - Stuttgart, Germany @ Die Röhre
Feb. 19 - Berlin, Germany @ Columbia Club
Feb. 20 - Frankfurt, Germany @ Batschkapp
Feb. 21 - Nurnberg, Germany @ Hirsch
Feb. 22 - Pratteln, Switzerland @ Z7
Feb. 23 - Munich, Germany @ Backstage Werk
Feb. 25 - Florence, Italy @ Viper Club
Feb. 26 - Piacenza, Italy @ Fillmore
Feb. 28 - Barcelona, Spain @ Razzmatazz 2
Feb. 29 - Madrid, Spain @ Sala Heineken
Mar. 01 - Bergara, Spain @ Sala Jam
Mar. 02 - Bordeaux, France @ Krakatoa
Mar. 04 - Lyon, France @ Transbordeur
Mar. 05 - Paris, France @ Bataclan More...

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Circus Maximus Cancel North American Tour

Glenn Harveston of Intromental Management, which represents the Norwegian progressive metal band CIRCUS MAXIMUS, has posted the following message on the official forum of the ProgPower USA festival (which Hareveston organizes):

"It is with deep regret that I announce that CIRCUS MAXIMUS have canceled their upcoming North American tour. This decision was made only yesterday by the band after receiving an offer to participate on a high-profile European tour that interferes with the logistics of the North American tour.

"I would like to apologize profusely to the fans and promoters that have supported our efforts in booking this tour. Both Hoyt (booking director) and I have worked extremely hard over these past few months to make this tour a reality. We are more disappointed, disillusioned, and frustrated than anyone regarding the recent turn of events. I'm afraid that I will not comment further on the situation out of my professional responsibility." More...

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Darkane Confirmed For ProgPower Scandinavia

DARKANE and MACHINE MEN have been confirmed for the ProgPower Scandinavia festival, set to take place November 9-10, 2007 in Copenhagen, Denmark. The festival billing is shaping up as follows:
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Alchemist, Nahemah Confirmed For Progpower Europe

ALCHEMIST from down-under Australia will come back to Europe again and returns to ProgPower Europe to headline the event on Saturday, October 6. The band is really looking forward to this, their performance on ProgPower Europe 2004 was one of the highlights of their European trip. The band will do a European tour to promote the new album that will see daylight around August/September, it probably will be the only Dutch gig because the band wants to visit some other countries than they did last time.

Spanish newcomers NAHEMAH are also confirmed for ProgPower Europe 2007, the band also will play on the 6th as well. NAHEMAH recently impressed many people with their debut album “The Second Philosophy”, the band is compared to OPETH but with an own style.

The line-up for this year’s edition of ProgPower is almost complete: More...

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All-Star Performance, Bands For ProgPower USA VII

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.

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Kalmah and Others Added to Ragnorak Metalfest

Metalism UK is proud to announce the following additions to it's inaugural RAGNAROK UK METALFEST 2006 lineup.

Astral Doors from Sweden, Circus Maximus from Norway and Kalmah from Finland have been confirmed.

The full lineup for the festival thus far is as follows:

Gamma Ray
Kalmah
Astral Doors
Charon
Elvenking
Circus Maximus
Intense
Headless Cross

There are still two slots to fill, both of which are the special guest slots directly under Gamma Ray so expect some big announcements in the very near future.

The Ragnarok UK Metalfest is set to take place on Saturday, November 4, 2006 at Perth Concert Hall in Central Scotland, UK.

It will feature a metal market, band signing sessions and much more including the preshow and aftershow parties.

The preshow is set for Friday, November 3, 2006 at The Doghouse in Dundee and will feature Skyclad, Pitiful Reign, Attica Reign, Neverwinter.

Tickets are priced at £35 for the main festival or £43 for the main festival + preshow ticket bundle.


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Circus Maximus Part Ways With Keyboardist

Norwegian progressive metal band CIRCUS MAXIMUS have parted ways with keyboardist Espen Storø. The group's official statement on the matter reads as follows:

"After five years, Espen has decided to leave the band due to personal reasons. After much consideration we also think that this is the right decicion by him and for the sake of the band. We wish him the best of luck with everything in the future. CIRCUS MAXIMUS is of course still alive and well and as of this moment the band is writing new ass-kicking stuff for all you metal heads out there. At the moment we’re trying out a new very skilled guy — but we need to see how he will function with us on the songwriting etc. We will keep you posted when we have found a definite replacement for Espen."

Espen issued the following statement regarding his decision to leave the group:

"After thinking about this for a long long time I have decided to leave the band. It was a tough decision, but I feel this is the right thing to do right now. I've had a great time paying in CIRCUS MAXIMUS, up until a while ago.

"I just want to say that I still look at the other guys as my buddies, and no one is mad at eachother. I wish CIRCUS MAXIMUS a great future, and I know that they will still make great music. Big thanks to everyone for your support!”

CIRCUS MAXIMUS released their very critically acclaimed debut album, "The First Chapter", on Frontiers Records earier this year.

(Thanks: Anders Peter Jørgensen / www.nocturnalhorde.com)

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Live Report from ProgPower VI

The weekend of September 16-17th was quite a memorable one for me. I traveled down to Atlanta, Georgia from my New Jersey home to attend ProgPower VI. This year’s ProgPower consisted of Angra headlining Friday night’s show along with Conception, Orphaned Land, Circus Maximus, and Manticora opening. Saturday’s line up consisted of Stratovarius headlining, along with Therion, Pink Cream 69, Symphorce, and Stride opening.

During my stay, I was able to interview Mati from Orphaned Land and met Mark Edwards from Overlorde. Both guys were exceptionally kind, down to earth, as well as excellent guitar players and should definitely be listened to when the opportunity arises. Though Overlorde did not play, Orphaned Land did and put on quite an amazing show. During their set I found out that one of the guys standing in front of me was so dedicated to the band, that he flew all the way from Israel, where Orphaned Land is from, just to see them! What makes Orphaned Land such a band to command this response from a fan is the fact that they are very energetic on stage, quality musicians, and are able to bring everyone at the concert together. To see Orphaned Land is its own experience in itself. No matter who plays with Orphaned Land, the show will be memorable! More...

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ProgPower USA VI Sells Out In 3 Days

ProgPower USA VI has officially sold out just three days after tickets went on sale to the general public.

“I don't think my attendees realize how truly grateful I am for their continued loyalty and support,” said promoter Glenn Harveston. “This is the fourth consecutive sell-out thanks to them. I don't think anyone had a clue that tickets would move so fast this year. My heartfelt thanks to the public for allowing me to continue with what I believe is the best concert experience in North America.”

This year’s stellar lineup will host Angra, Conception, Orphaned Land, Circus Maximus, and Manticora on Friday, September 16. The festival’s second night, Saturday, September 17, will feature Stratovarius, Therion, Pink Cream 69, Symphorce, and Stride.

ProgPower be held at Earthlink Live in Atlanta. Doors are scheduled to open at 4:30 p.m. on both days.

A ProgPower USA VI Pre-Show Party will be held Thursday night at The Loft. After a great experience performing at last year’s ProgPower, Germany’s Dreamscape is returning to headline the pre-party. Orphaned Land will perform an acoustic set with material different from their Friday set. Avian, featuring Lance King (ex-Balance of Power, Pyramaze) on vocals, and Outworld, featuring guitar virtuoso Rusty Cooley, will also perform. Ticket information for the pre-party will be released in the coming weeks.

ProgPower USA is one of America’s most highly praised festivals. There is currently a three-year wait on the Gold Badge waiting list. Last year ProgPower USA drew fans from 32 states and 12 counties including Japan and Australia.

ProgPower USA is sponsored by Pacific Drums, Sabian Cymbals, Shure Microphones, Planet Waves Gear, J.’Addario Strings, and Evans Drumheads.

Earthlink Live is located at 1375 Peachtree Street NW in Atlanta.

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