|Review: Magica - The Scroll of Stone|
|The Scroll of Stone|
Label: Divenia Music
Year released: 2003
Genre: Symphonic Metal
Review online: December 9, 2010
Reviewed by: Bruce Dragonchaser
for:The Scroll of Stone
Magica have been getting quite a lot of attention over the last couple of years, and deservedly so; I was a big fan of both Hereafter and Wolves & Witches, so it made sense to pick up their first two albums when I had the opportunity. Boy, how I wish I hadn't. Magica's humble (and we mean humble) beginnings are paltry to say the least, and The Scroll Of Stone is quite frankly one of the worst Power Metal albums I've ever heard. It's clunky, it's clichéd beyond belief, and not one moment of it inspires any enjoyment; it's just a fucking chore from start to finish.
Obviously slapped together in guitarist Bodgan Bat Costea's back bedroom, The Scroll Of Stone juts and jives like most female-fronted Power Metal albums, only without the shameless conviction, which is one of the things that makes this genre so believable. Don't get me wrong; I can find good things in almost every record of the style, such is my devotion to it, but even songs like "The Silent Forest" and "Mountains Of Ice" failed to get me going, and it's a sad day when that happens, believe me.
Main problems? The guitar riffs are little more than flat, muddy chord sequences more suited to the Gothic Metal genre, the vocals are turgid and fake-sounding, the synths are overly prominent in the mix, and the songs, well, they all traipse through the run time without gathering speed. The fantasy lyrics are there (this is actually a half-assed concept album) and at times the right mental imagery is conjured, but on the whole both this and its follow up, the almost as bad Lightseeker, are albums that you should never have to hear. Simple, really.
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