As fans await some highly anticipated new material coming in 2006 from U.K. prog sensations known as Magenta, this CD single was released back in 2004 and coincided with their 2nd full length release Seven.
The title track begins with a sweeping intro complete with a brief string arrangement played by keyboardist and main musical writer Rob Reed as vocalist Christina begins her lyrical tale of the undead which is loosely based upon the vampire chronicle writings of novelist Anne Rice. The second track "Call Me" is an older song written by Reed, originally done in one of his previous bands Cyan and never recorded before by Magenta. Christina's vocals are absolutely brilliant on this beautiful ballad, which starts off softly but eventually builds in emotion and climaxes with some very precise and melodic soloing from guitarist Chris Fry. "Lemminkainen's Lament" is another slower paced number which has been given a bit of a Celtic feel in the remix. The instrumental "Opus 3" is performed entirely on the keyboards by Reed and it has a very church like feel to it as he stabs out rapid notes making his key's sound like a huge pipe organ. The closing number is a fabulously epic track taken from Seven called "Sloth", one of the seven deadly sins. This song is given a new string mix and these strings combined with Christina's beautiful and heartfelt vocal delivery make for a very potent combination. Overall this is a great 5 song EP and I found myself hitting the repeat button every time it was over.
2) Call Me (2004)
3) Lemminkainen's Lament (2004 Celtic Remix)
4) Opus 3
5) Sloth (String Mix)