Circus Maximus kick off their American Tour at Reggie’s with Acracy, Ascendia, and Imminent Sonic Destruction in support.
02-Sep-2016: Reggies was the spot for prog rock in Chicago on Friday night as four bands tore it up. The first band on the bill was Chicago homeboy’s Acracy. They played a 30-minute set giving the band a chance to play jams that showed their musical talent. The band played songs in support of their greatly anticipated upcoming album, Doorway To Destiny. The early concert crowd reacted positively with shouts and applause, the hometown band doing their fans proud.
Next up was Ascendia from Toronto was making their US debut. The four-piece unit played a complex, polished set demonstrating their musical skill. Lead singer Nick Sakal vocals carried its own against the band’s driven music. The symphonic metal sound captured fan interest. Many were likely surprised to learn the band is from North America as their material has a strong European influence.
Detroit’s own Imminent Sonic Destruction were up next. The band tore through material from their new album, Triumphia, such as “Lake of Fire” and “The Knife.” Their prog-metal sound with a quick hit with the Chicago crowd. Their album single, “The Fog,” proved popular giving frontman Tony Piccoli an opportunity to shine on vocals. He transitions easily between a powerful, clean voice to guttural roar.
Norway’s prog rock giants Circus Maximus followed as part of their ten-city American Tour. TheÂ Circus MaximusÂ setlist included material from each of their four albums, including “Havoc”, “Architect of Fortune,” “Glory of The Empire,” and “Arrival of Love.”
The band connected with their audience, demonstrating a clear command of the stage and audience. Lead vocalist Micheal Erickson did a great job revving up the crowd engaging them frequently through the music and banter. The intricate axe work of Mats Haugen and Glen Cato Mollen stood out as well; the pair has chemistry, and their guitar parts flowed together seamlessly.
The crowd roared their approval as Circus Maximus closed their set with “Game of Life.” Their 14-song set was a hit with the Chicago audience, and none left disappointed.