Magica - 'Dark Diary' (AFM Records) Print E-mail
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Written by Simon Hadley   
Thursday, 24 June 2010 06:00
Magica_fullRomanian female-fronted melodic metal band Magica bring their brand of gothic metal to the mainstream masses with their fifth full length album, 'Dark Diary'. The album kicks off in a positive fashion with guitarist Bogdan Costea's pounding riff on 'Anywhere But Home' descending into Ana Mladinovici's whaling vocals.


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.