(7/10) Magic Kingdom is more than an amusement park in Florida. The name is also standing for melodic power metal made in Belgium. The four-piece is around since 1998 and the main man behind the band is guitarist Dushan Petrossi, also known from Iron Mask.
While the six stringer lives his more hardrock based passion with Iron Mask, he focusses with Magic Kingdom more on his interest in metal. In my opinion a smart decision not combining everything in one band.
And "Savage requiem" is full of metal that is inspired by bands like e.g the earlier Helloween and Iron Maiden.
The range of Magic Kingdom covers the fast tracks like "Rivals forever", the more dramatic ones like "Full moon sacrifice" as well as the pounding title track "Savage requiem" that comes with some Dio parallels.
Talking about Dio, what stands out with Magic Kingdom is their singer Christian Palin that does a great job on the album. He has a lot of power in his voice and his vocal range covers the higher screams as well as the rougher parts.
The production is supporting the songs very well. The record got a powerful and tight sound that gives the album the necessary drive.
To sum up: "Savage requiem" is a solid power metal record with a dense sound and good songs. The album is well crafted but it is also predictable. There are lot of bands around playing the same kind of music and it would be good if "Savage requiem" would have more unique characteristics. To pick-up the amusement park theme from the beginning I would say that it is an entertaining one where you know all the attractions already. It's up to you to decide if you want to go there.
- In umbra mea
- Guardian angels
- Rivals forever
- Full moon sacrifice
- Ship of ghost
- Savage requiem
- Four demon kings of shadowlands
- With fire and sword
- Dragon princess
- Battlefield magic
Genre: Melodic Metal