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Magica
Hereafter

Company: AFM Records
Release: 2007
Reviewer: Sinnercorp
Genre: Gothic/Symphonic
Rating
3



  • 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!


    Maximum Metal Rating Legend - Click for Full Details
    5 Excellent - Buy it and say a prayer to the metal gods that you were tuned on to this masterpiece. A classic.
    4-4.5 Great - Almost perfect records but there's probably a clunker or a lacking somewhere to keep it from perfection. You won't feel bad about dropping some bones on these.
    3.5 Good - Most of the record is good, but there may be some filler. This is the OK range where you'd search for the record on sale or used.
    3 Average - Some good songs, some bad ones at about a half/half ratio. Could show skills but be dull overall. Redeeming qualities for indy bands are effort and passion. Majors that don't try or suck outright end up here.
    2-2.5 Fair - Worth a listen, but best obtained by collectors. There is much better metal out there.
    1-1.5 Bad - Major problems with music, lyrics, production, etc.
    0 Terrible or an otherwise waste of your life and time.

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    2007
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    2004
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