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Magica - Dio

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Genre: Hard Rock & Metal - Heavy Metal / Artist: Dio / Audio CD released 2002-05-01 at Spitfire

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      26.06.2008 09:47
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      Dio's eighth album (2000).

      A great comeback album for the new millennium, 'Magica' is the strongest and most compelling Dio release since his golden age in the early eighties, abandoning the social themes of his nineties work but retaining its heaviness and gloom, creating a fusion of Dio old and older that isn't exactly original, but certainly goes above and beyond what was expected of the legendary heavy metal midget this late in his seemingly endless career. Going all-out with a science fiction/fantasy concept, this runs the risk of being almost too Dio, even for Dio, and although it doesn't hold the same ratio of classics as early albums like 'Holy Diver' and 'The Last in Line,' it's still the most worthwhile Dio release since those days.

      Craig Goldy's guitar and keyboards interweave beautifully to create a magical fantasy atmosphere that isn't ashamed to be cheesy, and the riffs of songs like 'Fever Dreams' are just as catchy as anything from back in the day of Vivian Campbell. As a concept album, the songs tend to flow smoothly into each other while remaining distinctive in their own right, featuring the usual Dio staple of the power ballad in the form of the excellent 'As Long As It's Not About Love,' reminiscent of 'All the Fools Sailed Away,' along with new features such as the reprises and - most bizarre of all - the spoken word bonus track that sees Dio narrating the Magica tale. Sadly, it's not something I've ever felt compelled to sit through for twenty minutes.

      1. Discovery
      2. Magica Theme
      3. Lord of the Last Day
      4. Fever Dreams
      5. Turn to Stone
      6. Feed My Head
      7. Eriel
      8. Challis
      9. As Long As It's Not About Love
      10. Losing My Insanity
      11. Otherworld
      12. Magica (Reprise)
      13. Lord of the Last Day (Reprise)
      14. Magica Story (Bonus track)

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      Disc #1 Tracklisting
      1 Discovery
      2 Magica Theme
      3 Lord of the Last Day
      4 Fever Dreams
      5 Turn To Stone
      6 Feed My Head
      7 Eriel
      8 Challis
      9 As Long As It's Not About Love
      10 Losing My Insanity
      11 Otherworld
      12 Magica - Reprise
      13 Lord of the Last Day - Reprise
      14 Magica Story