Producer: Mats Haugen
Mixed by: Christer André
Mastered by: Björn Engelmann



YouTube: Circus Maximus @ YouTube
Video clip: Official Trailer
Review: 96/100 @

Ever wanted to find out what inspired a particular song?

Was it based on personal experience or simply passive observation?

What happened in the recording studio or on stage to make one song sound different from the rest?

These are just some of the question bands and musicians attempt to answer in Line 'em Up - the newest page of The Power Of Metal.Dk.

This is where your favourite bands comment on their albums, track by track, because as someone once said, “Ideas are the building blocks of ideas”.



Here's a chance for you to tell our readers about your new album "Nine". But could you please start off by introducing the readers to Circus Maximus?

Norwegian Metal band based in Oslo started in the early 2000's. We recorded a couple of demos from which later got some major attention online. It led to us getting signed with Sensory Records in the US. A year later, in 2005 we released our debut album 'The 1st Chapter'. It got amazing reviews all over the world and really gave us a great head start.

We used the first 2 years after the release to do shows and write our sophomore album 'Isolate' from which we released in 2007. The reviews and the positive response from the media and fans surpassed our debut by a mile and really gave us and instant label as a leading band in the genre alongside Dream Theater and Symphony X etc.

The 5 years after 'Isolate' we embarked in a new era of our career so far. 3 of us had kids, we experienced personal loss and tragedy. I think we matured a lot and it all led to the writing of our 3rd album 'Nine' From which I will answer more about on the next question.

And now onto "Nine"...track-by-track, what inspired you, what topics are you dealing with, what do what to express with this song etc.

01. Forging

This intro is supposed to give the listeners, especially fans, a feeling of something they have heard from us before. I used some eerie elements from both our previous albums to give a sense of a natural transition between the three. ”Forging” is when the blacksmith making preparations for the best armor, weapon he has ever made. Yes, I do play 'Skyrim' :)

02. Architect of Fortune

We chose this one as the opener because of its energy and more important, the Lyrics. Here, the albums true meaning shines through. 'Everyone is responsible for their own success and happiness. And everyone has or will get the chance to make it.

03. Namaste

The groovy ethnic song on the album. The one where we face reality and the downsides of religious beliefs. Where certain people and groups use their position to send the ignorant ones to do extreme actions in the name of their so called peaceful 'Lord'.

04. Game of Life

The first of the two 'stand up for yourselves' songs on the album. It has very poppy melodies and uplifting feeling it. One of my favorites :)

05. Reach Within

The second of the two 'stand up for yourselves' songs. This song was actually written while I was tweeking the chorus on 'Game of Life'. I thought the idea for the new chorus was more fitted as a song of its own. No doubt the most straightforward song we've ever recorded.

06. I Am

The song about relations between people and all the positive and negative sides when it comes to relying on another person. Maybe the strongest song on the album. Also one of my favorites.

07. Used

Maybe the most headbanging friendly song on 'Nine' Very good lyrics by Truls. About the acceptance of being used and misused.

It is also the most guitar driven song we'e ever recorded.

08. The One

Lyrically its about an icon, a role model and a super hero that gets tired of being in the spotlight. Tired of always being the one that people rely on and hating the fact that he cant make mistakes. Cause if he does, its the mistakes that everyone remembers. Not all the good things he have done.

09. Burn After Reading

The most progressive and musically the most interesting song on 'Nine'. It's actually the first song that was written after 'Isolate'. I think I have 5 different version if it. Maybe we will release em as bonus material in the future? Hmm...

10. Last Goodbye

The song about loss and how we cope with it. Its a very personal and emotional song that express the desperation and the concluding feeling that death gives us. How we move on afterwards. Although lyrically its not that uplifting, we wanted the melodies to be the opposite.

Circus Maximus band

The latest effort is very melodic, heavy, and straightforward compared with the two previous releases. Can you share some of your thoughts about the decision taken of the new direction?

In fact, it all came naturally. It was never a decision that was made. We just focused more on the songs than on wankery. Well, we've always done so, but at a larger scale this time. Its more correct to say that the albums sound and production is a result of us wanting to express ourselves in the way we've always wanted. Edgy, organic and majestic!

Tell us a bit about the artwork - who made it etc. and how important do you feel it is to have a cool artwork?

The artwork was made by my wife, Anja Sofie Haugen. She actually made our new logo from which first appeared on 'Isolate' .We wanted the artwork to be very clean and neat without tons of PS layers that very often fight with each other to get the right attention. I think the artwork justifies the songs and fits just perfect.

Artwork is very important. In metal music its often very alike and its seldom very interesting, since they tend to over-communicate what the band wants the message to be.

Any last words you want to round this interview off with?

Check out our the new album! Cya on tour :)

Thanks for the interview!


Tommy Skøtt, September 2012