Press Release

Royal Hunt, Circus Maximus and JSS


While the European release of the new ROYAL HUNT album “Paper Blood” on June 6th is approaching fast, the band has decided to offer some MP3 samples of their album on the official website:
Enjoy !


The Norwegian prog metal newcomers will launch the national release of their debut album “The 1st Chapter” with a club-gig in Oslo on may the 14th.

The concert will be held at the JOHN DEE music club. For further info surf on the band’s official website : or on

If you’re in town don’t miss this fantastic opportunity !

At the same time, singer Michael Eriksen sent us a detailed track x track presentation of the songs appearing on “The 1st Chapter

This is the album's opening song ... when you hear it you’ll know why. A hard hitting metal tune with great riffs and a catchy chorus. Also a great opening song for gigs. Lyrically: A dramatic song between good and evil.

This is the albums "melodic-rock" song. A catchy tune with awesome melodies and crunchy riffs. A potential radio song. Lyrically a love song so to speak…

Glory Of The Empire
This is the song, which we recorded as a demo and in the end, gave us our record deal for USA. A 10-minute epical journey with great melodies. Lyrically it is inspired by Roman history.

This is the albums instrumental song. A real technical piece. A fast hitting track, which gives you, an out of this world experience. In my opinion it shows Mats, Truls, Glenn and Espen as some of Norway’s finest progressive musicians, and I’m honored to be in the same band as these guys.

Silence From Angels Above
This is the ballad of the album. Lyrically it’s a story about a schizophrenic man murdering his loved one. Religious as he is, he asks God for help but never really gets it.

Why Am I Here?
A progressive metal-tune with real catchy melodies. Lyrically ... have you ever awaken from a deep sleep and realizing you are not awake, but still within the dream?

The Prophecy
This is probably the most versatile song on the album. Inspired by every genre we are influenced by. Lyrically it’s about preventing the end of the world.

The 1st Chapter
A 20 minute magnum piece. This shows the listener what Circus Maximus is all about, as it takes you through all the different aspects of our music. Lyrically the story of the song fits perfectly with our front-cover, which Mattias Noren did for us. A mans journey through the endless desert-sand.

Haunted Dreams (bonus track Europe)
This song is a demo we recorded about 3 years ago. Lyrically it is about a man’s nightmare, which keeps coming back night after night.


Jeff Scott Soto has announced some solo dates to follow his current leg with Soul SirkUS as follows:

Saturday 13th August             USA, Tarzana Ca Palladino's
Friday 19th      August             Spain, Mallorca Palma Assaig
Sunday 21st     August             Spain, Mallorca Cala Santanyi TBA (Acoustic)
Tuesday 23rd   August             Germany, Munich Garage De Luxe
Wed. 24th        August             Switzerland, Basel (TBA)
Friday 26th      August             France, Paris Le Batofar (TBC)
Saturday 27th August             Germany, Koln Essigfabrik
Sunday 28th    August             Germany, Hamburg Checkers
Monday 29th    August             Holland, Zoetermeer Boerderij
Tuesday 30th   August             France, Valenciennes Backstage Cafe - Acoustic (TBC)
Thursday 1st    September       UK, Camden Underworld
Friday 2nd       September       UK, Birmingham The Shed
Saturday 3rd    September       UK, Nottingham Rock City
Sunday 4th      September       UK, Manchester The Witchwood
Friday 9th        September       Belgium, Vosselaar Biebob
Saturday 10th September       Greece, Athens Gagarin 205
Sunday 11th    September       Greece, Athens Underworld (Acoustic)

In related news JSS latest solo album “Lost In The Translation” shall finally have a domestic release in the USA on July 19th on Locomotive / Ryko Records.