Frontiers Music Srl will release “Havoc”, the new album from the Norwegian progressive metal CIRCUS MAXIMUS, on March 18, 2016.
“Havoc” is CIRCUS MAXIMUS’s 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, U.S. (they are already confirmed for the ProgPower USA festival) and more territories to come.
The redefining sound, the songwriting and the clever production, highlights the band as one of the leading, original progressive metal bands around.
“Havoc” track listing:
01. The Weight
02. Highest Bitter
06. Loved Ones
07. After The Fire
CIRCUS MAXIMUS is:
Michael Eriksen – Vocals
Mats Haugen – Guitar, backing vocals and programming
Truls Haugen – Drums, backing vocals and percussion
Lasse Finbråten – Keyboards, samples, programming
Glen Møllen – Bass