THIRTY FATES – Circus Black

THIRTY FATES - Circus Black
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Label: Rockshots Records
Release date: December 10, 2021

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30 Years of Metal from Greece

Rockshots Records has released an album from the band Thirty Fates – Circus Black. The album is a nine track anniversary record to celebrate the trio consisting of brothers Elias (ex-Oblivion, ex-Black Fate) and Nikos Tzintzilonis (ex-Black Fate, X-Vital, ex-Gallows Tree) and Stelios Papakostas (ex-Black Fate) 30 years in heavy metal as friends and bandmates. Circus Black is nine tracks of Classic Melodic Heavy Metal, with four tracks from their 1991 demo, two unreleased tracks from the ’80s, and three tracks from Black Fate’s 2001’s rare ep along with a brand-new song featuring Tim “Ripper” Owens.

From The Past To The Present

The band has taken material spanning their entire career together and rerecorded everything, bringing the past back to life with renewed energy and drive. Back in 1988, they started out named Metal Invaders, which was soon changed to Black Fate. The band explains how Circus Black came to be: “It came out spontaneously when we met each other five years ago, rehearsing the old stuff, reminiscing the good old times. Then we decided to re-record our first demo and some spare old songs, as we had all the efforts for making a record come to life.” Add to that a brand new song with guest vocalist Tim “Ripper” Owens titled “Be Free”, and you have a solid 10 tracks that showcase the skills of these talented musicians.

Final Notes

The production is great, with the band taking older material and breathing new life into it. If you love Classic Heavy Metal in the vein of Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, Queensrÿche, Dio, and Ozzy Osbourne, you’ll surely find something to sink your teeth into with Thirty Fates – Circus Black. Definitely worth checking out, and adding to your metal collection.


Nikos Tsintzilonis Drums
Elias Tsintzilonis Guitars
Stelios Papakostas Vocals

Guest vocals: Tim “Ripper” Owens

Circus Black – Tracklist

01 Circus Of Fate (Intro)
02 Indifferent People” feat. Angel Wolf Black
03 The Pretender
04 Just For A Little
05 Sign Of Rebellion
06 The Edge Of Destiny
07 Be Free
08 Depression
09 Because We Fly
10 Be Free feat. Tim “Ripper” Owens


  • Bryce Van Patten

    Bryce is an audio engineer and a graphic designer here at Metal Express Radio. From the day he purchased his first album (Machine Head by Deep Purple), he has had a passion for heavy music, which has influenced his whole life. Bryce is from the great Pacific Northwest in USA, and has played in metal bands like Babylon, Holy Terror, The Wild Dogs, Warhead and Egypt through the 80s. He had his first interview for the Portland, Oregon publication The Rock Rag with guitarist Paul Gilbert in his Racer X days. Then he was honored to get to have drinks, and talk for an hour with the legendary Dan McCafferty of Nazareth for his second interview. In 2013, he spent an amazing hour talking to Andi Deris of Helloween, which was the high point of his heavy metal journalism.   In the year 2001, he formed Man in Black Music Publishing. They released recordings by several local bands, and in the spirit of the old Metal Massacre compilations, he created a 2-album series called The Defenders of Metal. The albums featured classic styled Metal bands from all around the world, with bands from Australia to England, and from Argentina to Russia. Currently, he is the producer/creator/vocalist of the Metal band The Black Tuesdays.

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