|Review: Serious Black - Magic|
Label: AFM Records
Year released: 2017
Genre: Power Metal
Review online: August 27, 2017
Reviewed by: Bruno Medeiros
Rated 2.57/5 (51.43%) (7 Votes)
If you've read any of my reviews so far, you can tell that I'm a goddamn pain in the ass when it comes to what I consider good music, and I tend to penalize every small misstep with angry rants. So, you see, when you say you're going to deliver a conceptual album about something as mythical and mysterious as MAGIC, you better not fuck things up. To some extent, Urban Breed (vocals) and his team of superstars barely manage to survive their journey in this dangerous path, not without some beating and fighting to their goal.
Magic is a hit-or-miss experience. Great passages are present, but so are mediocre and weak ones, so the ambiguity of the sound doesn't quite do justice to what Serious Black was trying to achieve; this, and the fact that the lyrics are not good (we get it, you guys know the word "magic". Jesus Christ) hurt the final product a considerable bit. The prowess and abilities of the members help to lift the spirits and masquerade the low points of the album, the guitars are stellar, Breed's voice is killer and all the other instruments are played to perfection, but at times the instrumental parts are just too formulaic; but at the end of the day, this is supposed to be viewed as a conceptual album, and it's not a good one at being that.
It's a tricky thing when you try to write deep, competent and meaningful music. Serious Black strike gold once again in the performance and technical departments, but the whole concept falls short on being essential or even memorable, also because of its pretentious aura. It's a good album overall, but I was expecting a rabbit to come out of a hat, and instead got a mouse. I suspect that the band has more tricks up their sleeve, though, so let's wait for that.
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