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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 Comments On Recording Delays

Circus Maximus has checked in with the following update about delays in the band's recording process for new material:

"As many of you have been wondering, what has been, or is going on in the CM camp these days? What is the status on the recording on the new album? Well... To give you the short and brutal version, here is where we are today:

"After finishing the drum tracks in November, the band took the Christmas holidays off, presuming to start up right over new years with drum editing, and continue with guitar, bass, keys and vocals right after that. What we didn't plan out as a result of Mats' grueling long hours in front of the computer, editing drums, was that he got arm inflammation in both arms. Because of this, both the drum editing (that was over half ways finished), and upcoming rhythm guitar tracking had to be postponed until further notice. With this, and other personal/family stuff that had to be dealt with, the recording process stagnated quite a bit.

"On a positive note: Mats' arm injury has improved a great deal, and the drum-editing is finished, the band has been rehearsing for their upcoming shows in May and we are filming more for the 'Rockumentary' this weekend up in the mountains of Trysi (Guess there will be more drunken madness than interviews, because it's Mikey's birthday as well).

"We are glad to tell you all that things are looking better nowadays with the speed bumps and hickups out of the way, and that we will be putting the 'pedal to the metal' on the recordings from mid May. Circus Maximus is truly grateful for all the support that has been shown, as well as your patience and understanding. There wouldn't be a Circus Maximus without you, the fans. That makes you a little Circus Maximus too... hehe."

You can also check out footage of the band recording new material at this location.

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Circus Maximus Posts Video Blog

Circus Maximus has posted the first in a series of video blogs online from the band's time in the recording studio. You can check out the clip below.

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Circus Maximus Seeking Fan Contributions

Circus Maximus has issued the following announcement about seeking fan contributions to the band's upcoming "Rockumentary:"

"Circus Maximus would like to invite you, the fan, to contribute to project Rockumentary! By submitting material about the band, whether it be pictures, videos (preferably in high quality), artwork, homage or tributes in any way or form related to the band, you can take part in the making! No rules, only your imagination sets the limit! If you send it, we will check it out, and if suitable for the project, make it a part of the final CUT!

"Be sure to tag whatever file you feel like contributing with: 'Rockumentary!' + name/contact info/country, in the upload section, so we know who to thank and of course put on the end credits. NOTE: Terms of agreement: By submitting material, you hereby give Circus Maximus the full right to use this material in whatever media or context they see fit, in unlimited time, as to claims regarding copyrights to the submitted material. For questions to our producer about the project: snordset@online.no. Upload contributions here. Good luck people!"

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Circus Maximus Working On Band Documentary

Circus Maximus has issued the following announcement about putting together a "rockumnetary" detailing the recording of the band's new album:

"Rockumentary! As a part of Circus Maximus' upcoming studio album/recording/release, the band is proud to announce, in collaboration with producer/soundengineer Sven Erik Nordset, the making of a documentary about the band.

"Be a fly on the wall during recordings, launching the album, rehearsals, touring and other cool stuff, as we embark on a new exciting chapter in CM history! Stay tuned for more news on this project and more!"

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Circus Maximus To Support Kamelot In Oslo

Circus Maximus has issued the following announcement about supporting Kamelot at an upcoming Oslo show:

"We are pleased to announce that we'll be playing supporting Kamelot on their new 'Pandemonium Over Europe Tour 2011' in Oslo next May 14th at Sentrum Scene. Other bands to play are Evergrey and Amaranthe. Tickets are now on sale: for +18 ages go to this location and for -18 ages go here Probably this show will be sold out, so be hurry and get your tickets before it's too late!"

You can also check out the band's music through the Circus Maximus MySpace profile.

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Circus Maximus Issues Recording Update

Circus Maximus has issued the following update about recording new material:

"Guess we´ll give it another go. We had some setbacks because of the studio we booked was not available when we hoped and the backup-plan of recording in our rehearsal room failed. So, now we´ve booked an amazing studio on a little remote island in Norway called Giske.

"If this doesn´t give us a creative boost I don´t know what will? The drums will be recorded here from November 15th with help from former Animal Alpha guitarist and Truls´longtime friend, Christian Wibe at the helm. It´s on! (for real this time)."

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Circus Maximus Recording New Album

Circus Maximus has issued the following brief announcement about working on a new album:

"Recording begins! Oh, yes! We are starting the recording of the new CM-album. Truls has set up his drums in the studio and will use the next couple of weeks to beat the crap out of them. Stay tuned for updates."

Circus Maximus also has several tracks available for streaming via the band's MySpace profile.

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Kamelot Postponing North American Tour

Kamelot had previously announced the band would be recruiting Michael from Circus Maximus to fill in for Kamelot vocalist Roy, who has fallen ill, during the band's upcoming North American tour. Kamelot has now issued the following update about postponing the tour instead:

"Hi Kamelot Nation. As many of you know, Roy has fallen ill and could not make the North American tour. We have been rehearsing like madmen here in Tampa -- the band is tighter than ever and Michael from Circus Maximus is truly an amazing singer; if there is one male vocalist in this world who is on par with Roy, it is Michael! However, after today's rehearsal, we all decided that we do not feel right about doing the North American tour as anything less than a 100% Kamelot Experience.

"We appreciate that many fans have waited more than 2 years for new material and to see us perform together. Our new album, 'Poetry for the Poisoned' represents a labor of love from us, and to present it at anything less than full strength seems a disservice to all involved. Though we will suffer financial losses on this late hour cancellation, we still feel it’s the right decision for us as a band to make – we regret disappointing all those who worked so hard to shape this tour, and especially those fans who were still so willing to come through and support us despite Roy’s absence. We are humbled by that type of support, and we sincerely hope that our return in full form Kamelot strength will be more reward for your unwavering loyalty!

"We will reschedule all shows in the near future, once Roy is able to return. Refunds can be obtained at the point of purchase. To thank Michael for his effort, the band will still appear at the soldout Progpower Festival, as a one off show with him and many special guest singers from the festival. Again, we want to thank all of you for your amazing support!!"

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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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