CD REVIEW Circus Maximus

Band : Circus Maximus
Album title : Nine
Label : Frontiers Records
Distributor : Rough Trade Benelux – Tone Entertainment
Release Date : 01/06/2012
Release : CD

This album hit me like a sledgehammer. On what planet have I been living the last couple of years, since it’s the first time I ever heard of this band, yet this album (Nine, is already their third release. The band comes from Norway, and have released two other albums so far, one in 2005 ‘The First Chapter’, and one in 2007 ‘Isolate’. 

They play an exquisite prog metal. This is stuff that can easily stand the comparison with Dream Theater’s best work.  The guys are very talented musicians, and the singer Michael Eriksen is astonishing.  The songs themselves are also very good. They are not overly technical, and yet they are complex enough to raise your interest.

A very good album, one of the best prog releases I’ve heard so far this year. 

95/100

Erik Morren.