Back in 2010 there was a studio release by the group Magic Kingdom called Symphony Of War and it sure had me hooked, and now the power/symphonic speed metal band have another Savage Requiem. Main man/guitarist Dushan Petrossi's other band Iron Mask impressed with their latest release Fifth Son Of Winterdoom, and Petrossi has kept the momentum going with this Magic Kingdom's fourth album.
Being a fan of his I was somewhat disappointed going into the latest album from Magic Kingdom when I discovered that Olaf Hayer (Luca Turilli, Dionysus and Symphonity) was no longer on lead vocals. As this is the first Magic Kingdom album to feature Christian Palin who appeared a while back on the last album by progressive/ symphonic metal group Adagio. Olaf would still be my first choice though despite my apprehensions Christian Palin's vocals on Savage Requim really are very good with a style that suits the material.
One of Savage Requiem's standouts "Guardian Angels" has a sweet guitar melody that draws you and Magic Kingdom builds on this helping to create such a memorable track. Dushan Petrossi sure is a talent on the guitar and he is in total command on the brisk "Rivals Forever" as the band are blazing along his nimble playing takes centre stage. Magic Kingdom take a slower and potent route with "Full Moon Sacrifice" before soaring once more on "Ship Of Ghosts" where the alternating pace works a treat with that pulsating groove. Title track "Savage Requiem" keeps the tempo down though with the exemption of "Dragon Princess" a catchy mid paced track Savage Requiem has more in store for fans of express European power/symphonic metal and neo classical shredding with a touch of Yngwie Malmsteen.
This album hasn't captivated me to the same extent of Symphony Of War, but nevertheless Magic Kingdom do have an impressive new release in 2015 with Savage Requiem.
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1. In Umbra Mea
2. Guardian Angels
3. Rivals Forever
4. Full Moon Sacrifice
5. Ship Of Ghosts
6. Savage Requiem
7. Four Demon Kings Of Shadowlands
8. With Fire And Sword
9. Dragon Princess
10. Battlefield Magic