CIRCUS MAXIMUS will release their highly anticipated fourth album, Havoc on March 18, 2016 via Frontiers Music SRL. Today, the first song from this progressive metal masterpiece has been unveiled. Get a first listen to the track, “The Weight” below:
Havoc is available for pre-order in both physical and digital formats HERE. There is both a standard and a Deluxe Edition. The deluxe features a bonus studio track as well as live recording of a performance from Japan in 2012. All digital pre-orders receive of the album receive an instant download of “The Weight”.
Havoc will most certainly make a huge impact on the Progressive Metal scene. The band’s musical formula is not easy to pull off: jaw-dropping musicianship, singer Michael Eriksen with a voice from the heavens put 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. 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 Albums of 2016, transcending the boundaries and subgenres of Hard, Progressive and Metal music. It is just THAT good!
Havoc Track Listing Deluxe Edition:
Disc 2 (Live: 2012 Japan):
- The One
- Arrival of Love
- Game of Life
- Last Goodbye
Havoc Track Listing Standard Edition:
- The Weight
- Highest Bitter
- Loved Ones
- After The Fire
CIRCUS MAXIMUS Lineup:
Michael Eriksen – Voice
Mats Haugen – Guitars, backing vox and programming
Truls Haugen – Drums,backing vox and percussion
Lasse Finbråten – Keyboards, samples, programming
Glen Møllen – Bass
Produced by Mats Haugen
2/6: Oslo – Rockefeller – Norway
2/13: Stavanger – Folken – Norway
2/27: Trondheim – Rockheim – Norway
3/8: Nurnberg – Z-Bau – Germany
3/9: Munchen – Backstage – Germany
3/10: Pratteln – Z7 Mini – Switzerland
3/11: Brescia – Colony Club – Italy
3/12: Rome – Traffic Club – Italy
3/13: Genova – L’Angelo Azzurro – Italy
3/15: Barcelona – Razzmatazz 2 – Spain
3/16: Madrid – Caracol – Spain
9/8: Atlanta – ProgPowerFestival – USA
North & South America Tour in September
More shows TBA