The 1st Chapter (album)

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The 1st Chapter
Studio album by
ReleasedMay 14, 2005
Recorded2004 at Lionheart Studios, Toproom Studios and Noisegate Studios
GenreProgressive metal
LabelFrontiers (EU)
ProducerCircus Maximus
Circus Maximus chronology
The 1st Chapter
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic [1]
Sputnikmusic [2]
Metal Storm [3]
Blabbermouth [4]
Rock Reviews[5]

The 1st Chapter is the debut album by the Norwegian progressive metal band, Circus Maximus. The 1st Chapter was released on May 14, 2005 in Norway and on June 7, 2005 in the United States.[6] The ongoing theme of The 1st Chapter is about "the journey" to salvation expressed through the lyrics. Musically, it sports a circus-like theme (that actually can be heard) playing throughout the album.

The lyrics to the song "Glory of the Empire" refer heavily to the 2000 film, Gladiator.[7]

The 1st Chapter contains the longest running Circus Maximus song with "The 1st Chapter" running for 19 minutes and 7 seconds.

Track listing[edit]

1."Sin"Michael EriksenMats Haugen, Truls Haugen, Glen Cato Møllen5:53
2."Alive"M. EriksenM. Haugen5:38
3."Glory of the Empire"M. EriksenM. Haugen, Espen Storø, T. Haugen10:27
4."Biosfear"(Instrumental)T. Haugen, M. Haugen, E. Storø5:22
5."Silence from Angels Above"M. HaugenM. Haugen4:07
6."Why Am I Here?"T. Haugen, M. Haugen, M. EriksenM. Haugen, T. Haugen6:05
7."The Prophecy"M. Eriksen, M. HaugenM. Haugen, T. Haugen6:44
8."The 1st Chapter"T. Haugen, M. Haugen, M. EriksenE. Storø, M. Haugen, T. Haugen19:07

Bonus Tracks[edit]

Demo Track Bonus for Europe Only
9."Haunted Dreams"7:12
Demo Track Bonus for United States Only
9."Imperial Destruction"M. Haugen, M. EriksenM. Haugen, T. Haugen, E. Storø6:45
Demo Track Bonus for Japan Only



  • Produced by Circus Maximus
  • Mixed and mastered by Tommy Hansen (Jailhouse Studios)
  • Artwork by Mattias Norèn (Progart Media)
  • Layout and logo by Claus Jensen (Intromental Design)


  1. ^ Rivadavia, Eduardo. The 1st Chapter at AllMusic. Retrieved 2011-09-09.
  2. ^ "Circus Maximus - The 1st Chapter (album review)". Sputnikmusic. 2009-01-01. Retrieved 2011-09-09.
  3. ^ "Circus Maximus - The 1st Chapter review". Metal Storm. Retrieved 2011-09-09.
  4. ^ "Blabbermouth.Net". Retrieved 2011-09-09.
  5. ^ Rock Reviews[dead link]
  6. ^ Official website album facts Archived 2010-02-14 at the Wayback Machine, Production info
  7. ^ Official Forum 6th post. ""Glory of the Empire" lyric meaning revealed". Archived from the original on 2007-09-27.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: numeric names: authors list (link)

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