Sunday 17 November 2019
Magic Pie - Fragments Of The 5th Element (2019)
The fifth album from this Norwegian band.
The band is a sextet on this album with a lineup of guitars, keyboards, drums, percussion, bass and vocals.
Magic Pie is one of the legends in the Norwegian prog rock scene. All their albums has got a big welcome from the world wide prog rock scene and the band has fans all over the world.
I was fearful of this new album as I thought the band was turning into a progressive metal band based on their previous album and their vocalist. A vocalist who has done a lot of metal in his time.
My fears was unfounded.
Yes, there are some fragments of progressive metal here. Most of the album is muscular and melodic progressive rock. There are some heavy prog, neo-prog and symphonic prog in their music. A very good blend indeed.
And not least a catchy blend where the good melodies and vocals really dominates.
There is also a lot of very good guitars, keyboards and details on this album. An album with four shorter songs before the twenty-two minutes long The Hedonist closes this album.
The Hedonist is a captivating epic. The four shorter songs too are good to very good.
Magic Pie has delivered the goods again and this is indeed a very good album, well worth checking out.