Artist: The Magnificent
recent years the Scandinavian quarter has been a veritable hot-bed of
Melodic / Hard Rock talent, and it's only right that the leading label
in the scene Frontiers Records taps into it and picks out some of the
new talent and shares it with the world.
band that are sure to make inbounds in the genre are The Magnificent.
A band put together by Circus
Maximus singer extraordinaire Michael Eriksen from Norway and Finnish
producer / guitarist Torsti Spoof (of Leverage fame),
along with a host of guest artists, both musically and on the
song-writing front, the united union
of which has produced this great debut.
album is pure melody rich rock that has that air of class that can only
be Scandinavian in origin, right from opener ‘Holding On To Love' to
the closing track ‘Harvest Moon’.
album manages to bring the best of Melodic Rock’s heritage and put it
into a more modern landscape, with some quite sublime moments for the
afore mentioned opener 'Holding On To Love’, with its rich melodies
and the equally impressive ‘Cheated By Love’, to the rockin‘ Satin
& Lace’, with Eriksen showing what a tremendous vocal talent he
is. We knew he could pack a punch with the more progressive
elements of Circus Maximus, but he sure can dish out a rich melodic
vocal when called upon.
even shows his bluesy side on the excellent ‘Bullets, Smoke &
Fire’, but you also have to applaud the tremendous musicianship on
this album, as apart from Eriksen and Spoof, we also see Rolf Pilve
laying down the back beat on drums, along with Sami Norbacka on
bass. While on keyboards we have Jukka Karinen, with backing
vocals coming courtesy of Antony Parviainen. Also lending a hand
are Mats Haugen, who adds guitars, bass and keyboards, along with Tommy
Jacksonville's drumming to ‘Memories’, while Toumas Heikkinen joins
in to add a little six string spice to ‘Satin & Lace’.
album threads its way through the melodic rock, hard rock and blues
genres with such ease, the album is just pure ear candy as will appeal
to any true fan of the genre, and it's great to hear new bands in coming
through in a genre, that many people outside it thought had had its
day. This is one
of the new generation of bands who are driving the genre we love so much
ever forward and for that fact alone you’ve got to love ‘em.
1. Holding On To Your Love
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