Havoc is Circus Maximus 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. 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 like Havoc and slow and melodic moments like 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 USA 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 only March, but Havoc is an absolute contender for Top Album of the year, transcending the boundaries and subgenres of Hard, Progressive and Metal music. It`s just THAT good – enjoy!
Deluxe Edition comes with a Bonus Live CD featuring the performance that the band held at the Loud Park Festival in Japan in October 2012.
CIRCUS MAXIMUS are:
Michael Eriksen / Vocals
Mats Haugen / Guitars
Glen Møllen / Bass
Lasse Finbråten / Keyboards
Truls Haugen / Drums