ZAK IS BACK!” This has been the running theme in the band since 2010 when Zak Stevens and the band set some lofty new goals for taking CIIC to the next level around the world. The band has just completed their new album “Seasons Will Fall” which is considered to be CIIC’s strongest album to date from both a musical and production standpoint. One of the band’s many goals was to improve their label situation. CIIC is very excited to announce they have signed with a new label for the release of the “Seasons Will Fall” album. CIIC’s new label is EarMUSIC Records operating out of Hamburg, Germany. Stevens comments “With EarMUSIC releasing our sixth album, we are exactly where we need to be at this point in our career. We have the right album along with a fantastic new label. The timing of all this will take the upcoming world tour to an entirely new level. We are very much looking forward to the release of SWF on EarMUSIC Records. This is an album that will strongly define the identity and place of hard rock and heavy metal music in the world today”. The turning point for CIIC came in 2012 with their monumental performance of the entire Savatage album ’The Wake of Magellan” at the world’s largest heavy metal festival Wacken Open Air.
What followed was a sold-out European promo club tour. Part of the allure of CIIC is that it encompasses Zak Stevens’ history with the performance of CIIC as well as Savatage music in concert. Some of the reasons CIIC tours have been so successful lately –
1) The band lineup – Six guys and absolutely no tracks being used in live performances. There are five great singers in the band;
2) Each year CIIC features a special live anniversary performance of a Savatage album. For example 2013 will be the 20th anniversary of “Edge of Thorns” so CIIC will perform that album in its entirety as they did on tour with “Wake of Magellan” on its 15th anniversary;
3) More touring – The band is going as far as Dubai (UAE) by the end of 2012 to ensure that more fans around the world get a taste of CIIC live in concert. The lineup is Zak Stevens – Vocals, Mitch Stewart – Bass/Vocals, Bill Hudson – Guitars/Vocals, Christian Wentz – Guitars/Vocals, Henning Wanner – Keyboards/Vocals, and Adam Sagan – Drums. CIIC is a band that has been able to reinvent itself time and time again through the years and still maintain that signature sound that fans around the world depend on with each record.