Saturday, August 31, 2013

Magna Vice "Serpent of Wisdom"

Country: Finland
Sub GenreProgressive Rock, Hard Rock
LabelInverse Records
Release date: August 30, 2013
1. Temple of sin (8:28)
2. Hope you find your way out (3:38)
3. Gods of war (9:02)
4. Green giant (10:16)
5. Knowledge talks, wisdom listens (12:20)
6. Real delusions (11:20)
7. Yellow sky (14:34)

Esa Karppinen - Guitars, backing vocals
Jonne Orrensalo - Drums
Petri Oksanen - Keyboards
Robin Jansson - Basses and backing vocals
Veli-Matti Heino - Lead vocals

Magna Vice’s music is firmly and definitively rooted in the 70′s and 80′s. If someone had told me that this was a re-release of an obscure rock album from 1982, I would have believed it.
Everything about the band’s sound harks back to those days, and for lovers of classic rock and metal, there is a lot to love here too. For a start, the vocals have a wonderful, dramatic warble, the like of which you just don’t hear it nowadays; to my ears it sounds like a mixture of Geddy Lee and Robert Plant, but not quite as high pitched. There are also some lush, multi-layered vocal harmonies which evoke memories of other 70′s and 80′s bands, such as Uriah Heep to name just one.
The rest of the music is a melting pot from those times too; Magna Vice really mix up classic, balls-to-the-wall rock with some nifty, slightly bonkers progressive rock, like Led Zeppelin and Black Sabbath meeting Yes and King Crimson in an alley for a fight. There are swathes of keyboards, which add majesty and pomp to the musical proceedings, plus also helping to root the music in that classic period. There are some fantastic swirly sci-fi keyboard effects used in the more epic songs (of which there are many), which also brings Hawkwind fleetingly to mind. 
Read the full review by Jonathan Butlin at avenoctum.com


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