|Review: Amberian Dawn - Magic Forest|
Label: Napalm Records
Year released: 2014
Genre: Power Metal
Review online: February 6, 2015
Reviewed by: MetalMike
Rated 2.75/5 (55%) (4 Votes)
So here we have Finnish Symphonic/Power Metal band Amberian Dawn's first album of original material since new lead singer Capri joined after first singing on the Re-Evolution album, which featured re-recordings of earlier material. On Magic Forest, nothing has changed in the band's sound or approach to songwriting from Re-Evolution, a good thing if you enjoyed that album as I did. All the things we've come to expect from the Nightwishes and Sonata Arcticas of the world are here; double-kick drums, majestic keys, fabulous vocals, etc. It is hardly original but done so well that is quite easy to overlook. The vocal harmonies and choruses are, if anything, more infectiously sweet than last time around. My wife's comment, as I was playing Magic Forest, was "is that ABBA?" which should give you a clear indication of just how deep the hooks will sink into your brain. And don't worry, the band hasn't abandoned any of the "metal" as the bass, guitar and drums are suitably heavy.
Magic Forest will make a fine addition to the rotation of Symphonic/Power Metal fans already into Ancient Bards, Serenity, Nightwish, et al.
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