Magic Kingdom – Savage Requiem Review:
If you think that melodic power metal is dead, think again, because Magic Kingdom is one of those bands that do it – and do it well! The album is out worldwide and you can get it on iTunes, Amazon CD or as a MP3 download now!
It is a ten-track-strong killer album, starting with the instrumental (short) intro track “In Umbra Mae”, followed by a galopping guitar start for “Guardian Angels” – everything you want to hear on a power metal song in this one: guitar riffing, breaks with fluid guitar lines, double bass drumming and great vocals. This this 7 minute plus rocker sure delivers on many aspects of the genre, so hat’s off for this one, Magic Kingdom!
Next up is “Rivals Forever” and again, the power metal them with orchestral influences continues. Sweet, sweet ( as on awesome) pre-chorus and hook on this song. Addes bonus: A famous classical piece thrown into the solo and we won’t mention the name -listen to it and find out yourself! 😉
1. In Umbra Mea
2. Guardian Angels
3. Rivals Forever
4. Full Moon Sacrifice
5. Ship Of Ghosts
6. Savage Requiem
7. Four Demon Kings Of Shadowlands
8. With Fire And Sword
9. Dragon Princess
10. Battlefield Magic
11. Dragon Princess (acoustic)
“Full Moon Sacrifice” starts with subtle orchestra and a chorus infused guitar, setting the mood for this stoping, bombastic track which turns dark and very heavy at times. Nice twists to keep your ears fresh and the album flowing.
Up tempo time again with “Ship Of Ghosts”, with grooving parts in the verse which complement the vocals very well. This is off course to throw you off and contrasts the double-bass drum laden chorus very well.
We have more goodness in the title track “Savage Requiem”, which is mid-tempo for power metal, but has all the staples for a good song in it. “With Fire And Sword” is one of our favorites” is one of our favorites on the album…you can hear so many influences on this track – like some Yngwie Malmsteen and Helloween – just to name a couple. It makes for a song that keeps your interest at all times because you never know what will come around the corner next.
“Dragon Princess” has ballad elements and is beautifully done with exquisite guitars and vocals. The last track “Battlefield Magic” takes us back into power metal with intense guitars – well done!