Following the impressive performance of Zak Stevens with Savatage & Trans-Siberian Orchestra in front of 80.000 people at Wacken Festival 2015, Zak and his band CIRCLE II CIRCLE are about to release their new album “Reign Of Darkness”. earMUSIC/Edel and Zak Stevens have enjoyed critical acclaim and commercial success together over the years with Savatage albums like “Edge Of Thorns”, “The Wake of Magellan” and “Dead Winter Dead” (true milestones of hard rock and metal and some of the biggest charts metal successes in the 90s) and Circle II Circle albums such as “Seasons Will Fall”. “Reign of Darkness”, the third release in a row on earMUSIC, is released on October 16th, 2015.
CIRCLE II CIRCLE is a band that has been reinventing themself through the years, but maintaining that signature sound that fans around the world love – “Reign Of Darkness” is no exception to that attitude, bringing out the very best, CIRCLE II CIRCLE has to offer. Needless to say, that “Reign Of Darkness” overshadows what has been done before.
“You might say that “Reign of Darkness” represents a musical reinvention for us, but the minute you hear each song you know right away that it‘s CIIC. We wanted to pay homage to the past, but we also wanted to create a musical renaissance within our genre that is fresh and energetic. This is an album that will positively pave the way for our future.”- Zak Stevens
“Reign of Darkness” features the powerful metal sound, strong hard rock riffs, both emphasizing Zak Stevens’ passionate melodic rock vocals. Again, the band has created something new, something fresh and vigorous. And the artwork definitely sets new standards.
In August 2012, CIIC delivered a groundbreaking performance of Savatage’s most successful albums “The Wake of Magellan” at the world biggest and craziest heavy-metal festival Wacken Open Air in Germany. Followed by a sold-out tour in Europe and Brazil in support of their studio album “Seasons Will Fall”, CIRCLE II CIRCLE really hit it off from this point. This album had been considered to be the strongest album of their entire career… That was until now!
Circle II Circle are: Zak Stevens (Savatage) – Vocals; Mitch Stewart – Bass/Vocals; Bill Hudson (Power Quest, Cellador) – Guitars/Vocals; Christian Wentz – Guitars/Vocals; Henning Wanner (White Lion, Jaded Heart) – Keyboards/Vocals, Marcelo Moreira (Almah, Symbolica, Marmor) – Drums