Power of Metal.dk Review

Magic Kingdom
Savage Requiem
Style: Symphonic Power Metal
Release date: 20 March, 2015
Playing time: 56:00

My southern neighbours Magic Kingdom with main man Dushan Petrossi behind the wheel surprises us with a fine album this month. Besides this band you probably know him from the band Iron Mask! Their last album was with one of my favorite power metal vocalists Olaf Hayer, but on this new album Christian Palin (Random Eyes, ex Adagio)takes care of the vocals. His vocals fit like a glove to the epic and sometimes a little bit dark sounding songs. Gone is the keyboard in the line up, but there are enough orchestral arrangements in the music and drummer Michael Brush hits the skins as if his life depends on it.

Christian's  voice is a bit more aggressive than the general power metal singer and sometimes the name Dio enters my mind. Especially in "Savage Requiem that is the case, a song that has more similarities to a Dio song than the singing alone. Besides some more threatening songs, there are some rather speedy tracks with neo classical influences. With neoclassical I mean the solos of Petrossi, he shows that Yngwie Malmsteen is one of his big examples and does that without being a copy of that man.

That the band knows how to make catchy power metal as well, can be heard in "Ship of Ghosts", a contagious refrain on a bed of galopping riffs and a solo that will be recognized by lots of churchgoers and Beethoven lovers. If words like orchestral parts, choir singing, classical elements, fast paced heavy pieces, catchy refrains, makes your mouth water, don't hesitate to buy this cd.

This band combines darker power metal with neo classical solos, speed and orchestration the best way it can be done. If you are a guitar freak you should check this out also!

01. In Umbra Mea
Guardian Angels
Rivals Forever
Full Moon Sacrifice
05. Ship of Ghosts
6. Savage Requiem
Four Demon Kings of Shadowlands
With Fire and Sword
09. Dragon Princess
10. Battlefield Magic

Label: AFM Records
Distribution: Target (Denmark)
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Reviewed by: Reinier de Vries
Date: 18 March, 2015
Website: www.magic-kingdom.be