CIRCLE II CIRCLE, the band led by former SAVATAGE frontman Zak Stevens, has parted ways with guitarist Rollie Feldmann and drummer Johnny Osborn and has replaced them with Andy Lee and Jayson Moore, respectively.
Commented the group: “CIRCLE II CIRCLE would like to announce the return of guitarist Andy Lee to our full-time lineup after a leave-of-absence from touring this year. CIRCLE II CIRCLE is also announcing the addition of our new drummer Jayson Moore. Jayson shares quite the musical history with Zak Stevens while they were growing up and he performed alongside Zak in the drum line at Brookland-Cayce High School in West Columbia, South Carolina.
“The CIRCLE II CIRCLE lineup (Zak Stevens – vocals, Mitch Stewart – bass/vocals, Andy Lee – guitars/vocals, and Jayson Moore – drums) is ready to go and will be featured at all live shows going forward and on the new CIRCLE II CIRCLE album, ‘Seasons Will Fall’, to be released in spring/summer 2012.
“Consequently, this means the departures of guitarist Rollie Feldmann and drummer Johnny Osborn from the lineup.
“We want to wish Rollie and Johnny all the best in their future endeavors and successes and we thank them for all the hard work they put into CIRCLE II CIRCLE while they were with us. Onward…
“We currently have 12 songs for the new CD. All of the bass and drum tracks are complete and recording will resume after Christmas.”
CIRCLE II CIRCLE has been confirmed for next year’s edition of the Wacken Open Air festival, set to take place August 2-4, 2012 in Wacken, Germany. The group will be joined at the event by special guest guitarist Chris Caffery (SAVATAGE, TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA) for a special performance of the classic 1997 SAVATAGE album “The Wake Of Magellan” (which featured both Stevens and Caffery) in its entirety.
CIRCLE II CIRCLE released its fifth album, entitled “Consequence Of Power”, in September 2010 via AFM Records. The second concept effort for the band was recorded at Sweet Spot Studios and was described in a press release as “a melodic power metal album catering to all fans from the old SAVATAGE era to all CIRCLE II CIRCLE European fans and breaking new ground for an all new fan base in America.”