Circus of Fools is, by all means a live band! Whether metal festival or gothic show – Circus of Fools often leave
mouths wide open, circling heads, moshing masses and… a polonaise? This band is many things, but definetely not
standard. The dark clowns from Tübingen/Germany with their two fronters Caro Saia and Tim Strouken were able
to woo critics and fans equally with their sophomore opus REX. It’s a creative melting pot of brutal heavy metal, bittersweet
melodies and a spoon full of madness. And the band is not going to slow down any time soon: On January
10th, 2020 they will release a new mini album called Contracult, only 1.5 years after the birth of REX. Contracult
will contain a featuring of Coppelius-clarinetist Le Comte Caspar as well as six more tracks between melancholic
gothic beauty and rock-hard, deafening death steel.
released January 10, 2020
Circus of Fools are:
Carolin Saia - Vocals
Tim Strouken - Vocals, Keys, Programmings
Coen Strouken - Viola, E-Viola, Guitar (Track 4)
Dominik Bolter - Guitars
Julian Langer - Guitars
Yannick Ninkov - Basses
Nico Staller - Drums, Programmings
Guest and additional musicians:
Le Comte Caspar (Coppelius) - Clarinet (Track 5), Horrorgurdy (Track 1&5)
Lasse Schlör (Publik Void) - Add. Vocals, Programmings
Jan Weitzenbürger (Killing Age) - Vocals (Track 6)
Fabian Fink (Necrotted) - Vocals (Track 6)
Daniel Loeprecht (Acromonia) - Vocals (Track 6)
Contracult was produced, mixed and mastered by Lasse Schlör.
Contracult was recorded by Tim & Coen Strouken in Tübingen, Schopfheim and Zürich except bass recordings by Yannick Ninkov in Neumünster.
Guest tracks of Le Comte Caspar, Schlör, Weitzenbürger and Loeprecht were recorded by themselves.
Music of track 1 was written by Tim Strouken, music of track 2 was written by Dominik Bolter, music of track 3 was written by Dominik Bolter &
Coen Strouken, music of track 4 was written by Coen Strouken and music of tracks 5-7 was written by Tim & Coen Strouken.
All lyrics were written by Tim Strouken & Carolin Saia.
The greek text of track 3 is an excerpt from the Iliad (Ἰλιάς) by Homer; Book 4, line 440-441 and line 444.
Track 7 uses a sample of the speech King George VI delivered at the dawn of WWII on September 3, 1939.
Cover photo by Jenny Franke after an original idea by Tim Strouken. Photos on page 2 & 5 by Tim Strouken. Photo on page 3 by Cristie Guevara,
. Band photos by Annika Kerschies. All artworks, photo edits and layout by Tim Strouken for Ketten2006Art.
Cover and artwork models: Anne & Eva Wiedemann.