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Formed: 2004
From: Germany
Last Known Status: Active

Background

Seeing his musical style diverge from his primary band Blind Guardian’s, drummer Thomen Stauch yearned to compose music reminiscent of their classic albums, Tales From The Twilight Worlds and Imaginations From The Other Side. Stauch founded SAVAGE CIRCUS in 2004 and immediately sought like-minded musicians to round out the band’s lineup. Long time friend Piet Sielck (Iron Savior) recommended members of the Swedish band Persuader, guitarist Emil Norberg and vocalist Jens Carlsson, whose sophomore album he had produced. Instantly feeling a connection with their musical style, Stauch contacted Norberg and Carlsson who agreed to work with him. Stauch then turned to Sielck asking him to complete the band’s circle, playing guitar and recording bass tracks. Following the 2005 recording of Dreamland Manor and his musical visions realized, Stauch decided to leave Blind Guardian making SAVAGE CIRCUS his full-time band.

Latest Savage Circus News

Below is our complete Savage Circus 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.

New Act Serious Black To Feature Breed/Grapow

Serious Black, the new supergroup featuring Roland Grapow (Guitar/Masterplan, Ex-Helloween), Thomen Stauch (Drums/Savage Circus, Ex-Blind Guardian), Mario Lochert (Bass/Emergency Gate), Jan Vacik (Keyboards, Ex-Dreamscape) and Dominik Sebastian (Guitar/Edenbridge), along with vocalist Urban Breed (Trail of Murder/ex-Tad Morose), is set to release a debut album via AFM in the beginning of 2015.

More information on the release is expect shortly, but a trailer can be heard in the player below. The band will perform an abundance of live shows on the upcoming Hammerfall tour along with various festivals already confirmed for 2015.

Check out the trailer clip here: More...

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Piet Sielck Leaves Savage Circus

Guitarist Piet Sielck (Iron Savior) has quit German power metal band Savage Circus to concentrate on his main project Iron Savior solely from now on. Sielck, who also performs vocals with Iron Savior, made the following statement through AFM Records:

"After long and intensive thinking I came to the conclusion that I cannot uphold any further engagement for Savage Circus any more and hereby officially quit. I am proud of what has been achieved, but I just cannot imagine myself doing songwriting and production more or less completely alone for a third time. This has drained too much energy in the past already, which was ...needed in more important spots. I am not willing to make such a sacrifice again.
Therefore I put the fate of Savage Circus in the hands of Emil and Jens, who's decision it may also be to correct the band's completely fictional founding legend or not.

"Savage Circus has been absolutely challenging... but my heart beats for IRON SAVIOR.
And music simply is a matter of the heart!"

Iron Savior recently released the new LP "The Landing" through AFM Records. Metal Underground's review for the album can be found at this location.

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Savage Circus Posts New Song, "The Ordeal," Online

German progressive metal band, SAVAGE CIRCUS, has posted the first song, "The Ordeal," off their new album on their MySpace page. SAVAGE CIRCUS has also posted the following personal letter to their fans:

"Hi to all the good folks,

It’s been a long time... and if you say too long, you are damned right! Well, there is not really one overall reason for this absence; it’s more or less a combination of smaller and bigger things in the life of the individual band members. But there’s been one thing for sure, that struck all of us at the same time: the separation from Thomen. This hit us right in the middle of the first songwriting process for the follow up album to 'Dreamland Manor' and – as you may imagine – was not really a boost to our creativity. This had to be 'digested" for a while...' More...

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Dark Empire Sign To Killzone Records

KillZone Records is extremely proud to announce that it is to sign New Jersey based thrash/prog/metal act Dark Empire for the release of the band's second album 'Humanity Dethroned' for release in North America and European territories. The release of 'Humanity Dethroned' is set for November.

Formed by Matt Moliti (lead and rhythm guitars, death vocals) in 2004, the current band includes Jens Carlsson (Savage Circus, Persuader) lead vocals, Andrew Atwood (lead, rhythm guitar, death vocals) and Samus (Suspyre, Mutiny) drums. Influenced by Symphony X and Rage, Moliti created Dark Empire to be what in his eyes would be the epitome of the perfect metal band: thrashy riffs, blazing solos and aggressive yet melodic vocals, full of energy and emotion.

Dark Empire are no stranger to success this early in their career. The band self released their debut album 'Distant Tides' placed 2 in the year end "best indie release of 2006" list), in BW&BK magazine scoring an impressive 9.5/10 and achieving rave reviews in the industry press and was eventually picked up Rock Machine Records in Brazil. 'Humanity Dethroned will be mastered by Mikka Jussla at Finnvox Studios (Children Of Bodom, Nightwish).

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Savage Circus Cancel Tour and Issue Statement

SAVAGE CIRCUS comment on the cancellation of the last days of the European Tour with CIRCLE II CIRCLE:

"Hi Everybody,

"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...

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Circle II Circle and Savage Circus To Tour Europe

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:

April
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

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Satyricon, Soilwork Confirmed For House Of Metal

Satyricon and Soilwork are the latest inclusions to the list of bands to perform at next year's House Of Metal festival. The festival will take place in Umeå, Sweden on the 16th, 17th February, 2007.

A total of 22 bands will be performing at the festival. The bands announced so far are: Satyricon, Soilwork, Hardcore Superstar, Savage Circus, Heed, Hellfueled, 6th Awakening, Lesra and Assailant. More acts are said to be announced soon.

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Savage Circus Confirmed for Bloodstock 06

Savage Circus has been confirmed for Bloodstock 2006 and will play on September 29. This festival will mark the first UK performance by Savage Circus.

Also just confirmed for the fest are Vanden Plas, who will be headlining the second stage as headliners on the Saturday night, Finland's Insomnium, and Isaiah, who will play the second stage as well.

Bloodstock takes place on September 29 and 30 at the Assembly Rooms in Derby.

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Mayhem Confirmed For Gates of Metal Festival

Norwegian legends MAYHEM have been confirmed for the Gates of Metal festival, set to take place August 4-5 at at Folkets Park in Hultsfred, Sweden. The festival billing is shaping up as follows (in alphabetical order):

AMORPHIS
DISMEMBER
HAMMERFALL
HELLOWEEN
LUMSK
MACHINE MEN
MAYHEM
MINISTRY
NAGLFAR
NARNIA
ONE MAN ARMY AND THE UNDEAD QUARTET
RED HARVEST
SAVAGE CIRCUS
THRYFING

Around 16 bands will perform over the course of the two days, with a total of 5,000 tickets available, priced at 666 SEK.

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Rotting Christ Confirmed For Dong Open Air

Legendary Greek death metallers ROTTING CHRIST have been confirmed for this year's edition of the Dong Open Air festival, set to take place on July 14th & 15th at Dongberg in Neukirchen-Vluyn, Germany. Other bands on the bill are DRAGONLAND, DIE APOKALYPTISCHEN REITER, GUN BARREL, SAVAGE CIRCUS, and many others.

ROTTING CHRIST performed two live shows on February 3-4 at Blive Music House in Larissa, Greece, which were recorded for their first live release. The pioneers of the Greek metal scene put on two special two-hour shows featuring songs covering their entire catalog. These live shows were the only concerts to be recorded for the upcoming CD. The shows marked the band's 18 years in the metal scene.

"Passage To Arcturo" (1989) and "Non Serviam" (1994), the band's first and third albums respectively, were reissued with bonus audio and video tracks on January 23rd.

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Nevermore Confirmed for ProgPower VII

Nevermore, along with Mercenary, and Savage Circus have been confirmed for next year's ProgPower which will take place September 15-16 in Atlanta, Georgia.

Nevermore will be headlining Saturday night. Mercenary and Savage Circus will be performing the first night of ProgPower.

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Ministry, Helloween To Headline Gates Of Metal

Ministry and Helloween have been confirmed as the headliners of the Gates of Metal festival, set to take place August 4-5 at at Folkets Park in Hultsfred, Sweden. The festival billing is shaping up as follows:

Ministry
Helloween
Amorphis
Savage Circus
Lumsk
Thryfing

Around 16 bands will perform over the course of the two days, with 5,000 tickets scheduled to be released on February 16, priced at 666 SEK!

For more information (in Swedish), visit www.gatesofmetal.se.

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Savage Circus Album Gets N. American Release, MP3

"Dreamland Manor," the highly anticipated debut album from Germany’s power metal newcomers SAVAGE CIRCUS, will see North American release March 21st, 2006. The MP3 for “Evil Eyes” has been posted here. Already released in Europe, the album has received rave reviews from press. Century Media’s North American version will include the “Evil Eyes” video. Commenting on the album’s North American release drummer Thomen Stauch said, “We are proud to confirm having signed a deal with the right label for Dreamland Manor’s North American release! Century Media has convinced us with their long-time experience of releasing great metal albums in the United States of America.”

Seeing his musical style diverge from his primary band Blind Guardian’s, drummer Thomen Stauch yearned to compose music reminiscent of their classic albums, Tales From The Twilight Worlds and Imaginations From The Other Side. Stauch founded SAVAGE CIRCUS in 2004 and immediately sought like-minded musicians to round out the band’s lineup. Long time friend Piet Sielck (Iron Savior) recommended members of the Swedish band Persuader, guitarist Emil Norberg and vocalist Jens Carlsson, whose sophomore album he had produced. Instantly feeling a connection with their musical style, Stauch contacted Norberg and Carlsson who agreed to work with him. Stauch then turned to Sielck asking him to complete the band’s circle, playing guitar and recording bass tracks. Following the 2005 recording of Dreamland Manor and his musical visions realized, Stauch decided to leave Bland Guardian making SAVAGE CIRCUS his full-time band.

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