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Nine

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Circus Maximus is a superbly talented Progressive Metal band from Norway who are making a return with their third studio album Nine . Drawing influences from such bands as Symphony X, Jorn Lande, TNT, Kamelot, Dream Theater, Pretty Maids and Queensryche, CM managed to create a sound which is very much their own. The band has a wide variety of musical influences, from pop/rock to AOR to 70's Prog-Rock to Heavy and Death metal, all of which is melted together
and give the guys their unique sound. The melting pot creates a mixture of great melodies, groove, heavy riffs and odd time signatures. Stellar musicianship, amazing vocals (singer Michael Eriksen stepped in for a few live dates for Roy Khan of Kamelot), excellent production and top notch melodies and songwriting can all be found in CM music and certainly their new album does not disappoint their legions of fans.
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (June 5, 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Frontiers Music Srl
  • ASIN: B007V80WUC
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,210 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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I was impressed with CM when I heard their first CD. I knew I had found an amazing band of extremely talented players and composers. They have continued to mature in their style and direction. Although "Isolate" was very good, I struggled a bit with the production of the music. But I have been enjoying "Nine" very much. The songs are strong, as are the individual and collective talents of the players. Mike's voice is unique and emotional. You can follow a band like Norway's Circus Maximus from their start and realize, without a doubt, that they are destined for greatness. I would recommend "Nine" to anyone who enjoys this genre of music. I will not compare them to anyone, though their influences are truly defined and well documented. It leaves me to wonder if their next release will be different than this. If it is as good as this one, I will welcome anything they come up with. CM is a band that does not disappoint their fans. I wish them all the best and hope many music lovers will buy their CDs and attend their shows, so they become as well known as bands like Symphony X, Dream Theater, etc. They deserve it as well. So.... you can tell I am thrilled about what they are doing.
Stu Barnhart
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By NYRA on September 14, 2012
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This is my very first album review. I've been reading reviews on Amazon for years and never bothered to review an album. I like reading reviews in an effort to find new bands. I like when reviewers make the comment that "if you like this album...you'll like yada yada yada". That's how I find new bands. That's how I found Vanden Plas, Circus Maximus, and Pagan's Mind. I never intended to ever review a band or an album, but I couldn't pass up the opportunity to review this album. OK, first, I understand that reviewers are biased by what they like. SO...this review is coming from someone who loves progressive metal. I grew up in the eighties and my bands were Rush, Iron Maiden, and Judas Priest. I also enjoyed Pink Floyd and The Who and Zepplin. Now, in my older years, I'm into Dream Theater, Kamelot, Symphony X, Vanden Plas, Pagan's Mind, and Circus Maximus. This album, Nine, is phenomenal! It's reminds me of Kamelot's Black Halo that stayed in my car's CD player for six months. Nine has been in my car's CD player for a long time...and even when I remove it to try to listen to something else, I end up listening to one song and then put this back in. My favorite songs are Architect of Fortune, Burn After Reading, Last Goodbye, and I Am. Ask yourself this, how many bands have an awesome epic (about ten minutes or more) on an album? Circus Maximus has three on this album. Unbelievable! I love their first album, and was blown away (after several listens) to this album. Rock On! This is a MUST BUY! It is metal, but has awesome and beautiful, passionate melodies, and convincing lyrics. I couldn't resist. I had to speak my mind.
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Assuming that if you're reading this, you're either a Circus Maximus fan, or a follower of the genre, so my remarks will be in that context

Nine is their third album. Most of us who are followers of this band, waited patiently for them to get this done, looking forward to another helping of their special brand of huge progressive metal. Isolate is simply one of my favorite albums of all time, and I listened to it hundreds, maybe thousands of times over the past few years. Both of the earlier albums from these guys, have incredible layering, virtuoso musicianship, high levels of technical perfection, and simply remarkable songwriting.

Nine is an evolution, and indeed a culmination of many of the ideas they have been drawing on in their earlier works. The melodic passages are bolder, the crunchy guitars even crunchier, the bass lines even more violent, the keyboards even more sweeping, and the drumming more hard hitting than ever. But it is an album, a collection of ideas, songs, melodies, and lyrics and themes.

This is not a heavy metal album, and those that are looking for 80s hair band heavy will not find it here. This is a masterful creation of 5 remarkable musicians and composers and arrangers, who've made a seminal album representing their talent and vision.

Each song is its own gigantic place in time, where you have to spend time listening over and over again to what they've constructed. Its not as easily accessible to the discerning ear as was Isolate, where it was more glammy, more catchy, more rocky... nope, Nine is HUGE in its vastness. Where I had to listen to it a bunch of times in the first few days, get burnt out, then stop for a few days.
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This is the first offering from Circus Maximus that I had heard. I was blown away. I have been a Dream Theater fan from the beginning and thought I was listening to some past DT that I somehow hadn't heard before. Don't get me wrong, this band is not a clone of DT, but the song construction, time shifts, and fantastic riffs and melodies model them very closely. Highlights for me include "Burn After Reading", "I Am", and "Namaste". There is not a weak song on this production and I would highly recommend this album to any fans of DT, or even Symphony X. Pick this up, you'll be glad you did.
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