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By M. Thomas on 8 Sept. 2013
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After the first album (which was a swords-and-magic-themed opus), I wondered if Magica might have established a story-telling theme, but this album is just a good collection of suitably dark-themed songs. Starting with 'The Circle' (a gentle but sophisticated opener of keyboards overladen by etheral vocals from Ana Mladinovici), the album picks up with a series of good movers, driving guitars and drums, Wakeman-esque keyboards and sweeping vocals (of which I just can't get enough). 'Bittersweet Nightshade' is an epically good track - one of those songs that when you first hear it, you wonder how you've lived upto now without having heard it before, combining a great blend of guitars and synths and wonderful vocal harmonies (all delivered by Ms Mladinovici, I assume). 'A New Paradise' has a chorus that particularly sticks in the mind. 'Samhain' is the 'slow' song of the album, underpinned by the aforementioned Wakeman-esque keyboards, with ethereal orchestration and calm vocals, finishing with an almost ABBA-esque vocal harmony in the final phrase. Too many 'eques'? Well add to those a hint of Van Halen in the blending of guitars and keyboards for good measure. Some tracks start quite gently, but just as one is lulled into thinking that THIS must surely be another 'slow' one, the guitars kick in to pep things up. 'Wormwood' includes a male harmonic vocal in its chorus, but the voice isn't credited. If I could raise a solitary criticism, it's with the sole song sung in their native Romanian tongue - the finale 'Inluminata' - not the song itself, but the lyrics in the booklet which are printed in a smaller typeface than that used for every other track and so harder to follow. Now, I don't speak Romanian, but I do like to be able to follow what's being sung.Read more ›
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