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Review: Magna Vice - Serpent of Wisdom
Magna Vice
Serpent of Wisdom

Label: Inverse Records
Year released: 2013
Duration: 67:10
Tracks: 7
Genre: Progressive Metal

Rating: 3.75/5

Review online: November 6, 2014
Reviewed by: Luxi Lahtinen
Readers Rating
Serpent of Wisdom

Rated 3.67/5 (73.33%) (3 Votes)

For some strange reason, I had completely forgotten I had this disc and I have no idea why because Finnish Prog Rock/Metal band Magna Vice has a lot of potential, if their debut album Serpent of Wisdom is anything to go by.

Magna Vice's debut tells a story about Edward "Earl" Diamond, who suffered from hallucinations. Eventually, as the album progresses, Earl realizes that help is right there in front of him but he needs to break free from the chains of the past first. That's the storyline, in a nutshell.

Musically, Magna Vice have managed to combine some of the old and some of new in both Progressive Rock and Metal on this opus. There are bits of Led Zeppelin here and bits of Dream Theater there, something that gets my engine warmed up. For example, "Temple of Sin," the opening track, bows in Dream Theater's direction while the next song, "Hope You Find Your Way Out," emulates Led Zeppelin with vocalist Veli-Matti Heino emulating Robert Plant as shamelessly as he possibly can. The rest of the album follows this particular recipe from start to finish, putting listeners in a world where old progressive Rock meshes with modern progressive Metal. Magna Vice sound pompous, epic and skilled enough to bring the moon down from the night sky, but some parts of Serpent of Wisdom tend to drag a bit too much, making it slightly less than a true jackpot.

The bottom line is that these Finns are ambitious at what they do and Serpent of Wisdom is a solid effort. It is not downright amazing but has still a few moments that will make you hold your breath in sheer amazement.

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