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2.96 | 59 ratings | 3 reviews | 17% 5 stars

Good, but non-essential

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Studio Album, released in 2016

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. The Weight (6:18)
2. Highest Bitter (5:13)
3. Havoc (3:22)
4. Pages (5:02)
5. Flames (4:04)
6. Loved Ones (8:09)
7. After the Fire (8:30)
8. Remember (5:39)
9. Chivalry (7:48)

Total Time 54:05

Bonus track on 2016 SE :
10. Loath (4:37)

Bonus CD from 2016 SE - Live at Loud Park, Saitama Super Arena, Japan, October 27th 2012 :
1. Forging (0:45)
2. Namaste (4:09)
3. The One (4:04)
4. Arrival of Love (4:38)
5. Abysss (5:43)
6. Alive (5:48)
7. Game of Life (5:39)
8. Last Goodbye (9:46)

Total Time 40:32

Line-up / Musicians

- Michael Eriksen / lead vocals
- Mats Haugen / guitar, programming, backing vocals, producer
- Lasse Finbråten / keyboards, programming, samples
- Glen Møllen / bass
- Truls Haugen / drums, percussion, backing vocals

Releases information

Artwork: Remi Juliebø

CD Frontiers Records ‎- FR CD 724 (2016, Europe)
2CD Frontiers Records ‎- FR CD 724S (2016, Europe) With a bonus track plus Live CD

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CIRCUS MAXIMUS Havoc ratings distribution

(59 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(17%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(24%)
Good, but non-essential (34%)
Collectors/fans only (19%)
Poor. Only for completionists (7%)

CIRCUS MAXIMUS Havoc reviews

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Review by aapatsos
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator
2 stars Prog metal recipe party

To start with a conclusion, and as a fellow reviewer mentioned, ''Havoc'' is suited more to the younger fans of progressive metal; an extremely well-put-together construct of standard recipe prog metal songs, with the required weight on the guitars and an extra dose of commercial vibe (or ''cheesiness'' if you prefer). A Coheed and Cambria metal version is not far off summarising the sound, but let's see what else is there.

Circus Maximus combine the Dream Theater/Queensryche-laden (albeit less complex) riffing, with Roy Khan-type melody vocals and compositions layered on mid tempos, akin to the style of Coldplay, Muse or U2 (good examples are Flames, Remember) and not far off the mood that the fellow Nords Von Hertzen Brothers manifest. Unfortunately, the one hour of music included here seems to be a waste of the band's (obvious) talent in aiming to create radio-friendly prog metal, to the point where the listener presses the ''skip'' button (title track). There are some better moments in ''Pages'' and glimpses of more elaborate songwriting in ''Loved Ones'' and ''After the Fire'' but these get subsumed in the general lightheartedness of the sound.

If you get excited by power-pop prog metal, then this could be for you - the rest can by-pass or give it a spin on a long summer drive (or a summer's night party).

2.5 stars

Latest members reviews

3 stars To my surprise, at the time I wrote this review, there were only 2 reviews out of 48 ratings in PA. In this fourth album. Circus Maximus has changed a lot their sound and musical style, unfortunately to the direction that is not to my taste. Most of the compositions are rather lean in progressiv ... (read more)

Report this review (#2451303) | Posted by Mark-P | Saturday, September 26, 2020 | Review Permanlink

3 stars Circus Maximus continue to evolve, from indulging the glossier aspects of Dream Theater prog metal sound to catering to the more popular sounds of today. On this, modern metal starts to creep into their musical palette with its deep bass grooves and stop-start riffs, and at the same time, more ... (read more)

Report this review (#1557321) | Posted by Progrussia | Friday, April 29, 2016 | Review Permanlink

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