|After re-signing to Nuclear Blast in early 2021, the Finnish heavy metal sextet BATTLE BEAST are once again getting ready to unleash their force upon the world in the shape of their brand new masterpiece »Circus of Doom«. The album is set to be released on January 21st 2022 via Nuclear Blast and in true BATTLE BEAST fashion, the 10 tracks blend true heavy metal with pop and rock-vibes, paired with Noora Louhimo’s unique voice. “Our goal was to make an interesting and absorbing album, with both lighter party songs and heavier stuff as well. In a way the whole album is like a joyful day at the circus. Full of enchanting surprises and wild carnival atmosphere“, explains keyboardist Janne Björkroth.
Today, the band reveal a stunning music video for the first single, ‘Master of Illusion’, directed by Markus Nieminen, that you can watch here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6sLSyTEXfC
Get the single digitally here: https://battlebeast.bfan.link/master-of-illusion
Janne comments on the single: “The first single from the upcoming BATTLE BEAST album, ‘Master of Illusion’, is a groovy and catchy song that makes dance floors roar and disco balls explode.
The story of the song is about a self-centered, greedy, narrow-minded, and thoughtless character, who sows destruction all around without listening to or respecting others. The character may represent various things in the many arenas of power – for example, those of personal relationships, as well as in politics, and everywhere in between.
Despite these heavy themes, there is playfulness in the composition, lyrics, and production, and the small twinkle in the corner of the eye that characterises BATTLE BEAST.”
In addition to the single release, the band also kick off the physical pre-order for »Circus of Doom« today.
Pre-order the album in the format of you choice here: https://bfan.link/circusofdoom
»Circus of Doom« was recorded at JKB Studios in Helsinki, Finland and produced and mixed by keyboardist Janne Björkroth, while the stunning artwork was created by Jan Yrlund.
1. Circus of Doom
2. Wings of Light
3. Master of Illusion
4. Where Angels Fear to Fly
5. Eye of the Storm
6. Russian Roulette
8. The Road to Avalon
10. Place That We Call Home
Recently, BATTLE BEAST also announced their Circus of Doom European Tour, that will follow the album release in spring of 2022. Starting in Paris on February 15th, the tour contains 19 shows all over Europe, including three shows in the UK, before concluding in Stockholm, Sweden on March 12th.
The band comment: “The long nightmare is finally behind us and the future’s looking bright! We really poured our heart and soul in this album and can’t wait to present it to you both on record and live on stage. Damn, how we’ve missed touring!
You are all heartily welcome to this feast of joy and horrors – the Circus of Doom.”
Circus of Doom European Tour 2022
BATTLE BEAST + support
15.02. FR Paris – Alhambra
16.02 BE Vosselaar – Biebob
18.02. UK Manchester – Club Academy
19.02. UK London – O2 Academy Islington
20.02. UK Wolverhampton – KK’s Steel Mill
22.02. DE Bochum – Zeche
23.02. DE Nurnberg – Hirsch
25.02. CZ Prague – Palac Akropolis
26.02. AT Vienna – Simm City
27.02. CH Pratteln – Z7
01.03. IT Milano – Legend Club
03.03. DE Frankfurt – Batschkapp halfhouse
04.03. DE Munich – Neue Theaterfabrik
05.03. DE Stuttgart – LKA Longhorn
07.03. DE Berlin – Columbiatheater
09.03. DE Hamburg – Markthalle
10.03. DK Copenhagen – Pumpehuset
11.03. SE Gothenburg – Tradgarn
12.03. SE Stockholm – Fallan
Tickets are available at: https://battlebeast.fi/tour