Magica - Hereafter review
|Release date:||October 2007|
01. All Waters Have The Colour Of Drowning
02. Turn To Stone
03. Through Wine
04. No Matter What
06. This Is Who I Am
07. Weight Of The World
08. Energy For The Gods
09. Shallow Grave
10. I Remember A Day
11. Into Silence
12. Endless [digipack bonus]
13. Vrajitoarea Cea Rea [digipack bonus]
Years after years, Magic from Romania is following its road! Their two first albums weren't really original and not so personal, it was just a "new" version of Nightwish but it seems that this time is coming to an end! "Hereafter" their new release is a lot more surprising and definitely better than the two previous releases of the combo, I can tell you that Magica is becoming a real leader of the genre so if you're a fan of this kind of Metal, you'll not have the right to miss this new album!
Magica still plays Power Metal but "Hereafter" is not so symphonic anymore and more melodic now. Despite the fact that we have a female singer it doesn't sound anymore like a simple copy of Nightwish but more like a classy album of Melodic Power Metal. Plus the really good keyboards lines played by Mr 6 Fingers and the great guitars soli of Bogdan even add a little Progressive touch to the music of Magica. It's not Dream Theater of course and it's still Power Metal but it's not so easy and commercial (well some songs like "Entangled" can be a bit like that but that's ok in general) and a lot more complex than in the past. If you don't understand what I mean, I'm just saying that Magic has finally found a real musical personality. Their Music is a lot deeper and personal and that's a great point for them!
So ok, it's maybe one other release with a female vocalist but Ana Mladinovici has improved her voice a lot (that's impressive) and this band just seems to be a bit more honest now. I'm not saying that this guys were just surfing on the wave of the Female Fronted bands trend, it was easy to see that Magica was a bit different but it wasn't enough. Right now, our guys and girl are a lot more convincing… no doubt that the time and experience helped a lot this combo.
Now that Magica is signed by the big AFM Records, now that their recording is really good and now that they wrote real original songs I'm sure that a new career will begin. Of course it's not the album of the year and it's probably not the best release of the genre (nothing will ever beat "Oceanborn" in my opinion…) but it's classy and really good. Don't miss this release if you like Metal bands with female singers because definitely "Hereafter" is highly recommended for you!
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