Company: AFM Records Release: 2007 Reviewer: Sinnercorp Genre: Gothic/Symphonic
Well-played by a talented band but it doesn't really stay with you
From Romania, comes Magica with their new release Hereafter. Magica has released two difficult-to-get-hold-of CD's previously but now they have been signed by AFM. With a female on lead-vocals that clearly has a classically trained voice brings an almost Gothic/Symphonic Metal/Melodic Power Metal feel. Ana Mladinovichi fronts the band and powered along by the keyboards by the name Six Fingers. Bodan Costea and Emylian B. on guitars. Vali Zechiu on bass and Cristi Barla on the drums. The closest comparison that will be made is how much influence Nightwish is on this band. Mr Fingers' keyboards are perhaps the most prominent feature of the CD. There is some real melodic guitar work. This is well-played by a talented band but it doesn't really stay with you. As for the songs themselves, they are not that memorable and lack distinction. Hereafter is not the album of the year and it's probably not the best release of the genre but it is worth a listen. If you like orchestral metal bands with female singers, "Hereafter" is highly recommended for you!