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Magnus Rising
Magnus Rising
September 2005
Released: 2005, Independent
Rating: 3.5/5
Reviewer: Rick

From the port city of St. John’s comes this up and coming unit that clearly has its sights set on big things. Consisting of Aaron Hawkins: vocals, Matt Snow: bass, Roger Cranford: guitar and Brad Walsh: drums, Magnus Rising play a riff oriented style of metal that is slightly akin to the doomy sound of The Obsessed with a dose of Black Label Society thrown in all mixed up with a swirl of late 70s Priest. It’s a refreshing change from the metalcore that seems to be taking a hold of the metal scene at the moment.

Opening the disc is one of the bands strongest songs called “Levitate”. Instantly this song has the listener banging his (or her) head with Cranford’s groovy riffing and the solid rhythm section of Snow and Walsh. Vocalist Hawkins sings every note as if it’s his last and his voice just exudes emotion. That emotion is perfectly suited to the lyrical content of the band as well. Magnus Rising deals in the pain of the human psyche, whether it be the inner anguish of depression in the song “Hang On” or the acceptance of death in “Someone Died” the band is not afraid to reach into the deep dark inner recesses of the human mind.

Magnus Rising is a rare band that isn’t afraid to make music that isn’t of the “popular” variety, even in the metal world. With all the powermetal and metalcore that is making the rounds it is great to hear a band that isn’t afraid to play balls out, straight ahead metal with that slight 70s twist that in my mind gives them their edge. With EP Magnus Rising has put together a great sounding solid disc, produced by the band and Kevin Pinhorn, which is sure to garner some notice from those that like their metal straight up with an emphasis on the riffs and heavy on melody.
Track Listing

1. Levitate
2. Blood Donation
3. Hang On
4. The Possession of Saul Stone's Soul
5. From The Ashes
6. Someone Died


Aaron Hawkins: vocals
Matt Snow: Bass
Roger Cranford: guitar
Brad Walsh: drums

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