CIRCUS MAXIMUS — The 1st Chapter

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4.12 | 20 ratings | 2 reviews
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Album · 2005

Tracklist

1. Sin (5:53)
2. Alive (5:38)
3. Glory of the Empire (10:27)
4. Biosfear (5:22)
5. Silence From Angels Above (4:07)
6. Why Am I Here (6:05)
7. The Prophecy (6:44)
8. The 1st Chapter (19:07)
9. Haunted Dreams (7:12)

Total Time: 70:37

Line-up/Musicians

- Mike Eriksen / vocals
- Mats Haugen / guitar
- Glen Mollen / bass
- Truls Haugen / drums
- Espen Storo / keyboards

About this release

Release date: May 14, 2005
Label: Sensory Records

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Sinkadotentree
This is CIRCUS MAXIMUS' debut released in 2005. It's very melodic Prog-Metal with touches of Power-Metal added. There are vocals sung in English that are really good, in fact the lyrics are excellent as well. This was recorded in various studios in Norway then mixed by Tommy Hansen at Jailhouse Studios in Denmark. The two bands that they get compared to a lot are SYMPHONY X and DREAM THEATER although for me it's the latter band's sound that came to mind at times. This is one of those albums that again sits between 3.5 and 4 stars. Certainly not a solid 4 stars but i will offer up that fourth star here. Recommended to Prog-Metal fans.
Conor Fynes
'The 1st Chapter' - Circus Maximus (7/10)

This was quite a shock. Few bands release actual masterpieces that rank up there were the other essentials of the genre. Circus Maximus has somehow managed to do this on their first time up to bat, and 'The 1st Chapter' is certainly a record that vies for that title.

What more could one want from a progressive metal record? There are strange time signatures, virtuosic performances, fast songs, short songs, and of course; an epic to top it off. Keeping in mind that the members of this band were all in their early-mid twenties at the time of making this album, you have to wonder, 'how the hell did they manage this?'

Mike Eriksen (the vocalist) was a singer who's voice I loved from the second I heard it, and is the heart and soul of the band. He's a vocalist I honestly find sharper and more elegant than even alot of the prog metal greats, such as Russell Allen (Symphony X) or even James LaBrie (Dream Theater.)

Circus Maximus, while obviously not being completely ground breaking in terms of style (they bear striking similarities to Symphony X in terms of musical style and content) but they inject something into the music that seems to have been long forgotten in the progressive metal world; melody. The centre of their songs is always in the melody, and that really helps to enrich their music in a genre that runs the risk of becoming dry.

A young classic. I can only say I am excited to see what they release in the future.

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