|Magica - 'Dark Diary' (AFM Records)|
|Written by Simon Hadley|
|Thursday, 24 June 2010 06:00|
Production and mixing duties for this album were handed to Ronny Milianowicz and Jens Bogren, whose work with Symphony X, Paradise Lost and Opeth certainly transcends itself well into Dark Diary's sound.
'Tonight', the second track off the album, begins with a mythical keyboard, leading into a chugging riff, very similar to the opening of Evanescence's 'Bring Me To Life', unfortunately the promising start is not capitalised on and instead it becomes one of the album's most unforgettable tracks. 'Need' and 'Release My Demons' reignite the album, however the longer the album goes on, the more unforgettable the previous track becomes and the lack of variation is ultimately the band's biggest downfall.
The album finishes with the title track 'Dark Diary', a two minute piano-led piece that resembles early Fleetwood Mac and this brings the variety that the album could have done with early on.
That being said, fans of Angra, Evanescence, Nightwish and Sonata Arctica should look to give Magica a listen.