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Review: Mägo de Oz - Gaia II:La Voz Dormida
Mägo de Oz
Gaia II:La Voz Dormida

Label: Locomotive Music
Year released: 2005
Duration: 108:58
Tracks: 17
Genre: Folk Metal

Rating: 4.25/5

Review online: April 21, 2010
Reviewed by: Hermer Arroyo
Readers Rating
Gaia II:La Voz Dormida

Rated 3.1/5 (62%) (10 Votes)

This is the second part of the Gaia trilogy and as expected, this record draws heavily from the first part but also from Finisterra. Gaia II – La Voz Dormida is a double album so you'll have plenty of material to like, unfortunately the band doesn't fully take advantage of that. You see, the band clearly went in a more commercial direction – that doesn't mean that these aren't great songs but clearly it's more radio-friendly. However, this definitely sounds like Mägo de Oz, so if you are a fan of the band there is nothing here that will surprise you.

Gaia II starts again with a beautiful orchestral intro "Volaverunt Opus 666" and from there it kicks with a "Satania"-like song in the title track. And that should be a good reminder that the majority of this album is derivative from their previous works. The songwriting is still inconsistent but has that classic Mägo de Oz sound all the way. Compared to the other albums, there is a similar amount of fillers or songs that aren't as good as the band wanted them to be, such as "Hazme un Sitio Entre tu Piel" and "Creo". That doesn't mean that there aren't highlights, tracks like "La Posada de los Muertos", "El Poema de la Lluvia Triste" and "La Cantata del Diablo" (best Mägo de Oz song ever, and possibly in Folk Metal) are proof that the band's still got it.

Musicianship-wise, nothing to complain about here, they are masters at what they do and they do it well. One thing that should be noted though is that the guitars are much more in the forefront this time, you can listen to the riffs and solos while the orchestral sections are on. Like in previous albums there is also an underlying pagan and anti-religious theme and lyrically they don't hold back, especially in "La Cantata del Diablo" which has the most intelligent and vicious lyrics against god and organized religion that I've ever read.

In the end, I felt that this album is a tiny step back from Gaia. It takes time to get used to and I didn't love it immediately, but after repeated listens it grew on me. While I don't recommend this album for starters it is a worthy addition to listeners that already know about this great band.

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