|Review: Magic Kingdom - Metallic Tragedy|
Label: Limb Music Products
Year released: 2004
Genre: Power Metal
Review online: December 10, 2010
Reviewed by: Bruce Dragonchaser
Rated 4/5 (80%) (13 Votes)
If you're familiar with Dushan Petrossi at all, you will know what to expect from anything he puts his frilly-shirt wearing name to, and naturally after his work with the rather wonderful Iron Mask, he moved on to bigger and more pompous things with Magic Kingdom, a band every bit as ridiculous as it sounds. That said, Magic Kingdom aren't quite as good as Iron Mask, though they have better songs, and their second record Metallic Tragedy, is damn full of them.
Kicking off with the superb "Child Of The Nile", you all know the score. Big vocals, powerful choirs, speed metal riffing, double kicks, fancy harpsichords – okay, so it's Power Metal, what's new? Nothing, really, and that's what makes this such a quality listen. It's Malmsteen, it's Symphony X, it's even bloody Rhapsody at some points. In short, if you like your well-produced neo-classical pretension, this is certainly the album for you, and while it can be quite disjointed (there are some songs featuring different vocalists, which always annoys the living piss out of me), Metallic Tragedy is still a very fine Power Metal record, one fans of the genre will spill themselves over.
Vocalist Max Leclerq (who would end up in French metallers Fairyland after this) puts on a good performance, not too high, just with enough expression to bring tracks like "Time Will Tell" and "The Iron Mask" to life. The latter, by the way, is just a brilliant song from start to finish, full of flourishing Power Metal pomposity and exciting musicianship. On some tracks ex-At Vance frontman Oliver Hartmann sings the lead, and these songs are great too, particularly the chest-beating "Flying Pyramids". The album has its low points in the ballad (as always) and the thirteen-minute epic is spoiled by some bad guest vocals, but apart from that, all Power Metal fans should own this one. It's a triumph for Petrossi, who comes as close to the Malmsteen throne as he ever will here, and of course, it's a triumph for Limb Music, too, being one of their strongest releases to date.
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