Magistarium - Faith in salvation 4/5

Reviewed: 7-1-10


1. Faith in salvation
2. Abigor
3. What eternity holds
4. Judgement day
5. Who are we
6. The loss
7. Tyrant
8. In spite of death
9. Countdown

Magistarium is a band from Germany and 'Faith in salvation' is their full-length debut, which was produced by Herman Frank (Accept, etc.). I'd call their style heavy/power metal, but there aren't any band comparisons (musically) that immediately come to mind. It's not that they're too unusual, they just simply don't remind me of another band. I should mention that they're not too generic either though, and this debut does contain plenty of memorable moments.

Vocally, the band is fronted by Oleg Rudych, whose thick-accented and fairly low voice brings Villo Nolasco (the vocalist on the first 2 Liar Symphony CDs) to mind. So while I was unable to come up with a musical comparison for Magistarium, at least this vocal comparison can give you an idea of what to expect. Also, Oleg has an expressive voice that greatly sinks in and I really like his performance on this CD. Some vocalists leave a lasting impression, and he is certainly one of them.

Most of the songs are mid-paced, but track 2 "Abigor" is fast-paced and one of my favorites on the CD. Because this song is so fantastic, I personally wish there were more fast-paced songs. The slow and emotional track 6 "The loss" also stands out, but even though the tempo isn't mixed up too much with the remainder of the CD, all of the songs are well written and it's a smooth and thoroughly enjoyable CD. In addition, the keys highlight some of the songs, without dominating them. Track 3 "What eternity holds" is most definitely the best song on the CD, as it's extra-catchy and Oleg's soaring voice is awesome.

While this debut took a few spins to really capture me, I now consider it to be excellent and it's very memorable. Therefore, I crave it a lot more than many of the other CDs I'm currently spinning. So it's recommended, especially to those who prefer mid-paced and catchy heavy/power metal, as opposed to an onslaught of speed.




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