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Quite a decent release that will appeal to all purveyors of symphonic power metal.

Magic Kingdom are a symphonic speed metal band hailing from Belgium and 'Symphony Of War' is the band's third release which follows their last output, 'Metallic Tragedy', in 2004. The band's leader and mastermind Dushan Petrossi has tried to create a very ambitious album and 'Symphony Of War' will appeal to fans of Helloween, Yngwie Malmsteen and Rhapsody Of Fire. The sound is influenced by classical music, big riffs and choirs and mighty melodies together with a well balanced heaviness and succeeds in being a powerful successor to 'Metallic Tragedy'. 

The current line up includes Petrossi on guitars, together with Olaf Hayer on vocals, Vassili Moltchanov on bass, Freddy Ortscheid on drums, Phil Giordana on keyboards and Roma Siedletski on 'extreme and death backing vocals'. As the band name suggests, the lyrics take us to a time far away in the past, being all about honour, battles, warlords, dragons and demons, and surrounded by the appropriate musical atmosphere 'Symphony Of War' is a complete entity, trying to appear like a soundtrack for a blockbuster historical movie.

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At the core of the album you will find 'Metallic Tragedy Part 2: The Holy Pentalogy', which is divided into five different segments and lasts nearly half an hour. This track in particular showcases the band's trademarks of speedy guitar riffs accompanied by orchestral and classical parts that try not to bore the listener with the same old tunes again and again. But even shorter tracks such as 'Monte Cristo' are quite good examples of the band's versatility, with its catchy chorus and powerful guitar work. 'We Rise' is also rather good and in general the songs are pretty fast, yet still unique in their own right.
To sum things up Magic Kingdom is quite a decent release and will appeal to all purveyors of symphonic power metal.

Mark Warburton

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