Tales Of The Magician

Written by: PP on 07/10/2008 14:08:53

Hailing from Brazil, Magician surprise their listener with a nothing short of astonishing guitar duo, and overall beautiful and tight performance of their heavy metal musical landscape. There are progressive overtones scattered around, but it'd be incorrect to call "Tales Of The Magician" a progressive album. This is all about huge vibrato vocals, and colossal solos contesting those by well established acts such as Dream Theater.

Pretty much all of the album can be described as a battleground between vocalist Dan Rubin and guitar pair Osorio/Schmitt. Rubin's powerful clean vocals are fighting for breathing space because so much of the focus is placed on the ridiculously technical solos. Think Dragonforce-level here with a slower and a more serious sound, perhaps with a few nods towards the indescribable beauty of Between The Buried And Me's "Colors" as well.

The only problem for Rubin is that during his parts, the rest of the band seems to be content with delivering sub-standard power metal-influenced heavy metal, full of clichés and with few interesting parts. Frankly, if it wasn't for the two absolutely retarded guitarists and their magnificent solo-wizardry in every song, "Tales Of The Magician" wouldn't be much of an album. That's also why it isn't rating higher here, even if the guitar passages in all songs suggest an album with immense potential - a must check out for anyone studying original solo composition.

Download: Sandstorm, Prime Evil
For the fans of: Dream Theater, Angra
Listen: Myspace

Release date 22.09.2008
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