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Review: Magic Kingdom - Symphony of War
Magic Kingdom
Symphony of War

Label: Limb Music Products
Year released: 2010
Duration: 82:43
Tracks: 11
Genre: Power Metal

Rating: 4/5

Review online: November 19, 2010
Reviewed by: MetalMike
Readers Rating
Symphony of War

Rated 3.67/5 (73.33%) (18 Votes)

Between the name Magic Kingdom and the label, LMP, it should be pretty obvious to even the novice Power Metal fan what to expect from Symphony of War. If you said "Symphonic Power Metal in the vein of early Rhapsody," give yourself a gold star! To be fair, while that comparison is certainly apt, there are some additional things about Symphony of War that help it rise above the myriad of releases, both past and present, in this style.

As expected, the album is keyboard-heavy, but that doesn't overshadow the sharp, crunchy guitars or the vocals of the ubiquitous Olaf Hayer. Released on two discs, Symphony of War is really two separate albums. The first bears as much resemblance to Keepers-era Helloween and Heavenly as anything. The songs are generally speedy, double kick affairs with huge choruses (some of which Hayer seems to have just a bit of trouble with). The soloing of guitarist Dushan Petrossi is directly out of the Yngwie Malmsteen song book in both sound and style. He even looks a bit like the maestro himself. There are some harsh vocals sprinkled in amongst the choruses, which is a nice touch. The second CD contains the "Metallic Tragedy – Chapter 2: The Holy Pentalogy" story arc. This is where the Rhapsody, and to a lesser extend, Kaledon, comparisons hit home. Plenty of narration, sounds of battle and softer interludes intersperse the majestic songs. This is Italian Power Metal all the way.

Overall, Symphony of War is expertly played, well written and well performed. If there is a fault, it's that this type of epic, symphonic tale of kings and battles has been done to death. That said, I really enjoyed the album as, I suspect, will any fan of Symphonic Power Metal. If you're looking for something new, look elsewhere, but if this kind of music is your thing, grab Symphony of War and rejoice.

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