|Review: Magica - Center Of The Great Unknown|
|Center Of The Great Unknown|
Label: AFM Records
Year released: 2012
Genre: Power Metal
Review online: December 9, 2012
Reviewed by: Christopher Foley
for:Center Of The Great Unknown
Rated 3/5 (60%) (2 Votes)
I haven’t really paid too much attention to Magica since Wolves and Witches. Their previous release Dark Diary pretty much floated past me without leaving any sort of lasting impression; fortunately their sixth effort Center Of The Great Unknown has come along and provided something a little more fun, and memorable.
This is probably the strongest, most consistent I’ve heard Magica. They prove themselves to be one of the more reliable, enjoyable female-fronted power metal acts, and whilst the material isn’t exactly mind-blowing there’s plenty of charm and nary a dull moment across the album’s eleven tracks. Where the band excel the most this time around would have to be in the guitar department, as just about every riff feels well conceived and sticks with you after the closing notes. Ana Mladinovici I’ve always felt was one of the more enjoyable cooers in the style; relying far more on charming the listener as opposed to eschewing technical brilliance or glass shattering warbling.
Magica provide respite from the overcrowded (and largely boring) female-fronted metal crowd which is something I commend them for. They do this by providing enjoyable, catchy and well, metal; serving riffs up in spades. Look towards numbers like the cracking title track, the excellent "No Horizon" or the blazing "Under The Auroras" as proof of this. Magica aren’t going to win over naysayers, yet anyone who enjoys the likes of Edenbridge, early Nightwish or Visions Of Atlantis will find something to cherish on Center Of The Great Unknown.
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