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Six Magics - The Secrets of an Island Review

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Artist: Six Magics

Album: The Secrets of an Island

Released: 2003

A mixture of styles and genres: experimental Speed Power Metal


This is my second review of their music. And this conceptual disc, beyond all question, presents us more mature, more complicated and to a certain extent more progressive songs than those on their previous album. The first track (intro) sounds gracefully and resembles "Silk and steel" of Savatage but is a bit more folk-oriented. Then choir vocals, general mood and voice of a singer forced me to remember Blind Guardian and Rhapsody. Loud choir vocals, fast and slow acoustic musical passages, tunes a-la Blind Guardian alternate all the time. They took the idea of mixing a whole lot of musical elements from Rhapsody, some ideas from Nightwish and Blind Guardian and created their own unique musical world. I can't but say that their music is more qualitative than that of the majority of modern Speed and Power metal bands. And it's hard to believe that these are their first steps in musical world. Their tunes are sometimes very sad and touching ("Cradle of sorrow") and at the same time majestic. Maybe it would be better not to use choir vocals so often. All the disc seemed to be a little monotonous. But this shortcoming can be overcome in the future. In other respects their music sounds good enough. They are able to create their own songs with their own ideas. This is the main thing for the world-wide success.

Vocals:7.00 of 10
Instruments:9.00 of 10
Skill:9.00 of 10
Originality:6.00 of 10
TOTAL:7.75 of 10

Reviewed by: Vera Drozdova /15.02.2004/

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