Circus Maximus - Havoc



7.4 | 95 votes |
Release date: 18 March 2016
Style: Progressive metal

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Disc I
01. The Weight
02. Highest Bitter
03. Havoc
04. Pages
05. Flames
06. Loved Ones
07. After The Fire
08. Remember
09. Chivalry
10. Loath [deluxe edition bonus]
11. I Am [live] [Japanese bonus]

Disc II [Deluxe Edition only - Live at Loud Park 2012]
01. Forging
02. Namaste
03. The One
04. Arrival Of Love
05. Abyss
06. Alive
07. Game Of Life
08. Last Goodbye

Guest review by
andreosokin
Rating:
8.7
Tired of the same old prog cliches? Want to hear something more original, yet not too far from your comfort zone? Well, Circus Maximus has just the right remedy for you!

It really takes balls to change direction for a metal band. We all know that Opeth's latest albums divided their fans and the same is about to happen to Circus Maximus. Their newest effort, Havoc, is a perfect display of how can you play music for the masses and stay prog. Yes, it's not as heavy as Isolate or The 1st Chapter, but those albums already exist and the modern crowd doesn't want to listen to duplicates. The ratings for Havoc are lower than for any of their previous releases, but personally for me - it's their best album so far (not yet, kids, hold your trolling skills!).

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published 24.06.2016 | Comments (3)

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17.12.2015 - 16:40
Ancient_Mariner
Can't Wait!!!
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18.12.2015 - 10:51
slim pickings
Account deleted
I'm looking forward to this album, I love this band.
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18.12.2015 - 21:38
Rating: 7
Kais
It could well be the best release of 2016, as it seems. Can't wait!
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19.12.2015 - 02:20
Rating: 10
diamondblack
Awesome band, Great news can't wait
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19.12.2015 - 14:37
Rating: 8
tea[m]ster
Au Pays Natal
I love all their releases - can't wait for this one!
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14.01.2016 - 21:19
Rating: 10
Metalex
I would expected a better artwork ...can't wait for anyway ^^
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17.01.2016 - 04:50
thehondo
Great Band. Where's the first single/video?
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No time like the present
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01.02.2016 - 13:01
Rating: 7
Chriwalker
I have really no idea what to expect now. I've heard Loved Ones which is a good powerful ballad, The Weight is catchy, and has good lyrics, but I expected something with more punch to it.. Then Havoc which packs a punch that I wanted from an album named Havoc \m/ the only problem with the tittle track is that it's way too short. .still Can't wait to listen to the whole album and for the Rockefeller release party this weekend!
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Chris D.
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13.03.2016 - 00:16
Rating: 8
Nicko's Nose
I think it's a very good album. Not really heavy and quite poppy, but I don't think that's a bad thing. 8/10

People who don't like the title track, don't worry, it's definitely the weakest song on the album. It and Pages are the only songs on the album I don't really care for.
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18.03.2016 - 06:24
Rating: 10
diamondblack
Got it today, not sure what to think about it yet. It's definitely not a traditional Circus Maximus album. Will give it few goes before judging it.
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18.03.2016 - 11:17
slim pickings
Account deleted
I enjoyed it, too, the title song is the weakest indeed, although still listenable.
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18.03.2016 - 16:13
Rating: 7
Mariocalin
Although it's a good record I expected something else from them. Maybe more complex, more heavier and less "happier". I really like it, but that's all.
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We are the priest of the temple of Synix
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18.03.2016 - 16:50
Rating: 8
Nicko's Nose
Yeah people expecting/wanting a heavy album will be disappointed.
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18.03.2016 - 22:32
Ancient_Mariner
Though softer than the previous releases, the album keeps the characteristic Circus Maximus style
"Remember" sounds too much like Muse in some parts.
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19.03.2016 - 21:42
Rating: 5
truenoacero
This is the worst album of CM's discography. Very dissapointing imho.
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20.03.2016 - 10:20
Rating: 10
diamondblack
Agree it is the weakest offering from CM, although it's my favourite band. After hearing it few times now I'm growing to like it. Some parts are reminiscent of traditional CM sound, some are totally new.
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22.03.2016 - 18:50
Rating: 7
Wiseman's Fear
I have sort of the same feelings as when Nightwish released their new album last year: Indifference and a slight disappointment. I loved Nine, even though it took a long time to appreciate that album. Havoc doesn't have the same kind of energy and good ideas Nine had.
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24.03.2016 - 19:34
Rating: 10
Metalex
It's a great album peoples must grow up sometimes, you can remake the same album each time you need to expande and deviate to another style.
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28.03.2016 - 06:45
Wes
Written by Wiseman's Fear on 22.03.2016 at 18:50

I have sort of the same feelings as when Nightwish released their new album last year: Indifference and a slight disappointment. I loved Nine, even though it took a long time to appreciate that album. Havoc doesn't have the same kind of energy and good ideas Nine had.


Same goes for me. I hated Nine for nearly a year before I started to absolutely love it, which is pretty rare for me. Given that, you would think I might end up liking Havoc, but I really have doubts about that this time due to something about it. Perhaps because it's somewhat similar to Nine. Time will tell I guess.

Personally, nothing can beat the Japanese bonus track "silence" on Isolate. Absolutely phenomenal.
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02.04.2016 - 06:19
Rating: 10
diamondblack
Album doing very well on world charts
https://twitter.com/metal_recording
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10.08.2016 - 19:04
Rating: 6
Mountain King
K i K o
Doesn't sound too good. Yeah they need to create something new and break boundaries, but I'd rather break boundaries by evolving the Isolate sound which is really amazing...Anyway not an overly bad album but I don't know...
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22.08.2018 - 17:30
Ancient_Mariner
Is Havoc being sung by Marilyn Manson? ??????
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