CIRCUS OF ROCK, featuring members of MASTERPLAN, NIGHTWISH, AMARANTHE, STRATOVARIUS and more, signs to Frontiers Music; debut album to be released next year.

Frontiers Music har signert det nye bandet, eller prosjektet om du vil, Circus Of Rock. Sirkuset ble startet av trommeslager Mirka Rantanen, kanskje mest kjent for sin rolle i Hevisaurus, men han har også jobbet med band som Thunderstone, Kotipelto, Warmen, Northern Kings og flere.

Frontiers Music Srl is pleased to announce the signing of Circus Of Rock to the label. Circus of Rock is a new band, or rather a massive musical project, started and fronted by drummer Mirka Rantanen, who has a long career in the Finnish hard rock scene.

Tanken om et soloalbum dukket opp hos Rantanen for noen år siden, men han ville ikke lage et tradisjonelt soloalbum. Fokuset skulle ligge på gode låter, samtidig som han ønsket å invitere mange av musikerne han har jobbet med opp gjennom årene i tillegg til en håndfull gjestevokalister.

Circus Of Rock

A few years ago I started to think about recording a solo album; however, I didn’t want to do just a traditional solo album. That’s because people often think a solo album is mainly to allow the musicians to show off their fantastic skills and magnificent instruments, but I wanted to focus more on the great songs that don’t happen to have extra drum solos. I also wanted to include many fantastic colleagues with whom I have played over the years on this album, and in addition a couple of great guest singers. –Mirka Rantanen

Og disse er bekreftet så langt:

  • Jarkko Ahola (ex-Dreamtale)
  • Rick Altzi (MasterPlan, At Vance)
  • Johnny Gioeli (Axel Rudi Pell, Hardline)
  • Marco Hietala (Nightwish)
  • David Readman (Pink Cream 69, ex-Adagio, ex-Almanac)
  • Elize Ryd (Amaranthe)
  • Tuple Salmela (Tarot)
  • Kimmo Blomm (Leverage)
  • Pasi Rantanen (Thunderstone)
  • Riku Turunen (Exlibris)
  • Erik Kraemer (Simulacrum)
  • Marc Quee (Esclavitud)
  • Antti Railio (ex-Celesty, The Voice Of Finland winner)

…i tillegg til musikere fra band som Stratovarius, Brother Firetribe, MasterPlan og flere. Mer info om dette senere.

Planen er å slippe albumet i løpet av 2021.

My intention is to get the album released in 2021, when I turn 50. And now this will happen thanks to the Frontiers label. The album will be a kind of milestone in my professional career, my long-term ‘dream what is finally coming true’ type of thing.

Mirka Rantanen (Photo: Jarkko Piipari)

 


 

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