Sunday, 31 December 2017
Magic Pie - The Suffering Joy (2011)
The third album from this Norwegian band.
Magic Pie was a sextet on this album with a lineup of guitars, bass, drums, guitar synths, percussions, keyboards and vocals. Both male and female vocals.
I have earlier this month reviewed their first two albums and have found a good band. One of the pioneers in the new Norwegian wave of progressive rock. You can read the reviews of these albums here and here.
The band recruited the previous Artch vocalist Eirikur Hauksson and he has added his voice to this band's sound. Voice and experience. And a lot of credibility too. Eirikur Hauksson means business.
The band is continuing on from their debut and the second album. That means symphonic prog with a mix of progressive metal and Swedish symphonic prog. The Flower Kings is a good reference here.
That The Flower Kings reference shines very much through at the opening suite, the half an hour long A Life's Work. A suite also incorporating the seventeen minutes long title track. That is a good suite indeed with the title track being the best track here.
The rest of the album is good too. A bit less prog metal would have been kind. But we get what Magic Pie has given us here and that is a good, seventy minutes long album.