5/16/2005 - Review by: Veritas
Magica – Lightseeker – 2004 – Divenia
For this album, the band found a permanent drummer, Cristi Barla, instead of having to use a drum machine. Likewise, 6Fingers joined the band on keyboards. This probably made the biggest difference in overall quality of the album from the first – 6Fingers helped Bat write a lot of the songs, not to mention his incredible skill at playing his instrument. I can confidently say he is one of the five best keyboardists in metal, up there with the likes of Janne Warman and Trollhorn. When he and bat combine forces and do alternating solos, like on “Bind You Forever,” it is utterly amazing. Never before have I seen a band so skillfully utilize this combination. Aside from when he is soloing, 6Fingers keeps up a great atmospheric feeling in most of the songs, especially in “The Living Grimoire” during the chorus (which, by the way, is one of the album’s overall high points).
Lyrically speaking, this album isn’t a concept album like “Scroll of Stone” was, but the subject matter of the lyrics is all relatively similar – usually themes relating to romance or magic. One song, Inluminata, was written entirely in Romanian by 6Fingers. The rest of the lyrics were written by Bat and although not groundbreaking, his ability is quite good and “Dance of the Wasp” is a particularly interesting song. Like I mentioned before, I love Ana’s voice to death. Her best performance is by far on “Bittersweet Nightshade.” The album’s best track, however, is “A New Paradise,” where everything just seems to come together perfectly.
As far as recommendations go, I would recommend this album to anyone. Not any metal fan, but ANYONE. It’s very, very tough not to like. Even my mother, who had a pre-programmed opinion that all metal is garbage, fell in love with them immediately. Inevitably though, I have to make some comparisons, so I’ll say that fans of Nightwish, After Forever, Tristania, and Sirenia will especially enjoy this.
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