Here I thought Norwegian progressive metal band Circus Maximus had dropped off the face of the earth. They haven't released a new album in five years. So here's Nine. It's an interesting title as this neither their ninth album, but their third, nor are their nine songs, but ten.
Curiosity of meaning aside, Circus Maximus has not lost their edge or creativity. Nine is another epic platter of melodic progressive metal. To this end signature track here are Last Goodbye, the slightly sluggish Burn After Reading, and immensely satisfying Architect of Fortune. Conversely, there's a certain amount streamlined accessibility here, with Circus Maximus offering catchy, friendly, melodic metal with Reach Within and I Am. Yet, mostly CM packs even shorter songs with diversity and depth as Namaste, and the heavier Used and The One prove.
While some purists might not consider Nine proggy enough, this is certainly signature Circus Maximus. There's lots here to contemplate and, ultimately, enjoy. Very recommended.