Circus Maximus is a Norwegian progressive metal quintet from Oslo. They employ the use of symphonic, power and glam metal influences in their vocals which have a high-pitched tone, along with synthesizers and occasional keyboards. As of 2012, they have released three albums, The 1st Chapter in 2005, Isolate in 2007 and Nine, in 2012.
In 2000 long-time band mates Michael Eriksen (vocals) and brothers Mats (guitar) and Truls Haugen (drums) were joined by keyboard player Espen Storø and Glen Cato Møllen on bass to form Circus Maximus.
Initially being a cover band, they got a lot of positive feedback for their interpretations of technically challenging material from bands like Dream Theater and Symphony X. Before long, the band started to write their own material: With other influences varying from pop/rock through classical progressive rock to heavy metal and death metal, their music synergized into a mixture of melodic and groovy sound with lots of heavy riffs and odd time signatures. In the musical press their sound has been compared to Queensrÿche, TNT, Shadow Gallery, Pretty Maids, Helloween and the like, in addition to the already mentioned bands.
Releasing two demos to great reviews in Norway, as well as in Europe and USA, before signing with Danish Intromental Management in April 2004, the band made a record deal with American Sensory Records for the USA and Canada, which in turn forwarded a licensing deal for Europe and Russia to Frontiers Records.
MEMBERS – CURRENT LINE-UP
• Michael Eriksen – vocals
• Lasse Finbråten – keyboards
• Mats Haugen – guitars
• Truls Haugen – drums
• Glen Cato Møllen – bass guitar
• The 1st Chapter (2005)
• Isolate (2007)
• Nine (2012)
Here is the list of best 10 riffs of Circus Maximus: