|Review: Sons of Seasons - Magnisphyricon|
Label: Napalm Records
Year released: 2011
Genre: Progressive Power Metal
Review online: April 25, 2011
Reviewed by: MetalMike
Rated 4/5 (80%) (1 Vote)
I have to admit that Sons of Seasons' new album, Magnisphyricon, isn't getting it done for me. I like Progressive/Power Metal as much as the next guy and the band members all have impressive pedigrees including Kamelot, Brainstorm and Silent Force, among others. The material just isn't as good as you might expect, given all that talent and experience. It sounds to me like an album of Kamelot outtakes.
That may sound like a dig, but given the quality of Kamelot's "A" material it isn't quite as bad as that last comment might infer. There are some excellent songs on Magnisphyricon. Opener (after the pointless intro) "Bubonic Waltz" is a high-energy double kick anthem while "Sanctuary" has a crushing guitar riff and, along with Henning Basse's dark vocals and in spite of its lyrics, it has a cool, sinister vibe running throughout. Towards the end of the album you get "1413" which is another all-around well-written song.
The trouble with Magnisphyricon is that, other than a few top notch tracks, the rest of the songs are more or less filler. And with 16 tracks clocking in at over an hour, the wait between good songs is too long and I found myself getting easily distracted or shutting it off. Power/Progressive fans will like this well enough while Kamelot fans will likely be divided. Magnisphyricon is solid but not captivating.
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