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Magica
Lightseeker
May 2005
Released: 2005, Divenia
Rating: 3.5/5
Reviewer: Waspman

I’ve seen some absolutely savage reviews of this album, which disappointed me, as I have reviewed Magica’s previous album, THE SCROLL OF STONE and thought that it was a fairly solid piece of power metal that showed some promise for the future. Well, 2005 brought this Romanian band’s second album and I messaged their label to get myself a copy – before I read the bad reviews. Needless to say, when the album finally did arrive, I was a little apprehensive of what I was about to hear.

Well, I’m happy to report that there is absolutely nothing wrong with LIGHTSEEKER. As the band’s second album, it progresses in both musicianship and song structure (mostly the slightly more complex vocal melodies and guitar solos). The band’s performances are flawless and there are some damn fine catchy power metal songs on here (openers “Bind Your Forever” and “Bittersweet Nightshade” especially). Sure, some of the lyrics are a little absurd (may this be the first and last appearance of a song called “Witch’s Broom”), but really, this is power metal so that is to be expected. As well, there are some awkward moments on the album due to some questionable musical choices. For example, I’m not a big fan of Ana’s atonal vocal choices at the end of the chorus in “Dance of the Wasp”.

Despite these minor flaws, LIGHTSEEKER is a worthy effort. Even though I’m now convinced that solid power metal is about all we’re ever going to get out of Magica, I’m OK with that. Power metal fans can rest assured that LIGHTSEEKER will be a great addition to their collection.
Track Listing

1) The Circle (Intro)
2) Bind You Forever
3) Bittersweet Nightshade
4) Dance of the Wasp
5) A New Paradise
6) Samhain
7) Witch’s Broom
8) The Living Grimoire
9) Black Lace
10) Curse for Eternity
11) Wormwood
12) Inluminata

Lineup

Ana Mladinovici: Vocals
Bogdan Costea: Guitars
Vali Zechiu: Bass
6fingers: Keyboards
Cristi Barla: Drums

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