Norway's Circus Maximus integrate the new millennium's first wave of progressive heavy metal. Formed in 2000, Circus Maximus consist of experienced musicians Michael Eriksen (vocals, guitar), Mats Haugen (guitar), Espen Storø (keyboards), Glen Cato Møllen (bass), and Truls Haugen (drums), and the group's 2005 debut album, The 1st Chapter, drew comparisons to Dream Theater and Symphony X for its melodic and song-oriented material. it anything, the band actually walked a tightrope between prog metal and pwoer metal. In January of 2016, Circus Maximus released the single "The Weight" to the internet. It was followed in March by Havoc, their fourth album.
Circus Maximus is a Norwegian progressive metal quintet from Oslo. They employ the use of symphonic and power metal influences that feature synthesizers and occasional keyboards. As of 2012, they have released three albums, The 1st Chapter in 2005, Isolate in 2007 and Nine, in 2012.
For years, Tape Five has expanding global record sales and millions of Spotify streams, it´s albums frequently appear in the top 40 charts of the big international online-retailers. The brandnew album “Circus Maximus” is convincing with it´s irresistable pop mass appeal Martin Strathausen, ring leader and director of this melting pot, welcomes his top artists into his Circus tent or rather his studio arena. Swing, Electro-swing, Nujazz, Soul, R&B, HipHop, Disco, House and Balcan – under the pop roof of “Circus Maximus” there is enough space for sounds of the most diverse origins. On their fifth album Tape Five present themselves with pop and mass appeal as never before. Their fun songs also this time will get the party mob on the floor, without being superficial or trivial…
Five years after the release of their second effort ‘‘Isolate’’, Circus Maximus has finally come back with a new album underarm that’s called ‘‘Nine’’.Last year Micheal Eriksen told us in an interview with PerfectProg that this album would have a total different sound… How will it be? There’s just one way to know it How will it be? That’s exactly what makes you wonder the first track ‘‘Forging’’, a mysterious intro that works as a curtain for the Nine’s show.When the curtain falls the ‘‘Architect of Fortune’’ arrives with a sound that would be perfect to open fires on live shows. It start with the heavier sound (even with a short flirtation with Djent) of the band but subtly gives way to a really well done melodic sound, especially on the chorus, and a great second verse where I cannot avoid to remember the best time of Queensrÿche.
After their debut "The 1st Chapters" was met with a lot of positive criticism throughout the prog-metal world, Circus Maximus presented their sophomore effort, "Isolate". Circus Maximus seem to have perfected the melodic progressive metal style, with just the right mix of guitars, drums, bass, and keyboards. Add to that the outstanding vocal talent of Mr. Eriksen. The album "Isolate" is a concept album, described by the band as a journey through a man’s mind, where the listener follows the central character’s life story.
Circus Maximus is a superb band with a large variety of influences such as 70's progressive rock, heavy metal and even death metal, all of which are melted to form a unique sound. This creates a mixture of great heavy riffs, consistent melodies with many modulations, and odd time signatures, a very characteristic detail of progressive music.