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Magic Kingdom - Symphony Of War

Label: Limb
Format: CD download
Released: 2010
Reviewed By: Mark Gromen
Rating: 7.5/ 10

Disney metal? Vocalist Olaf Hayer had stints fronting Rhapsody Of Fire guitarist Luca Turilli's solo efforts, as well as Swedish act Dionysus and neo-classical Belgian guitarist Dushan Petrossi is also the mastermind behind Iron Mask. Sort of a cross between dizzying Yngwie Malmsteen solo works and early Rhapsody. There is a second disc with the deluxe edition (aren't there always these days?) sporting five duplicated (why?) tracks, housed under a separate 'Metallic Tragedy Chapter 2 - The Holy Pentalogy' title, offering almost another half-hour of music, albeit available on the main album! On 'Million Sinners World', 'We Rise' and 'Unholy Abyss', a sinister, near black metal second vocal interrupts the usual lilting, symphonic keyboard accompanied pomp.


'Evil Magician' features plenty of guitar histrionics. 'Through The Sea Of Ice' kicks off with a big church organ, but dissipates into something of a spoken narrative/ballad, courtesy of Nightmare Records and vocalist for many a prog outfit, Lance King. Backing vocals and choirs by Oliver Hartmann (At Vance), who has also appeared on Petrossi's Iron Mask discs. 'Before The War' features both female voice and full-blown death grunt in concert with normal male singing, as does 'Resurrection Of The Wizard', which starts to get a little less musical and a little more narrative. A rollicking, rolling triplets greets the 'Tournament In Hell' finale.

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