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Mägo De Oz - La Leyenda De La Mancha (8,5/10) - Spain - 1999

Genre: Power Metal
Label: Locomotive Music
Playing time: 55:39
Band homepage: Mägo De Oz

Tracklist:

  1. En un lugar...
  2. El Santo Grial
  3. La Leyenda de la Mancha
  4. Noche toledana
  5. Molínos de viento
  6. Dime con quién andas
  7. Maritornes
  8. El bálsamo de Fierabrás
  9. El Pacto
  10. La Ínsula de Barataria
  11. El templo del adios
  12. Réquiem
  13. Ancha es Castilla
Mägo De Oz - La Leyenda De La Mancha
And the next silver disc fro the land of Don Quixote: MÄGE DE OZ with their second album "La Leyenda de la Mancha" roughly could be put into the drawer saying Melodic Heavy Metal with Power Metal-list, but who thinks that it's "just another band" should still read on, because this sextet has more to offer than the usual standard.

Already the intro "En un lugar..." is different: in the beginning bagpipe, flute and violin make the pace, but then are replaced by a guitar, which increases in intensity. Almost seamlessly "El Santo Grial" takes over, which serves powerful Heavy Metal with Spanish vocals, catchy melodies and a perfectly implemented violin, which plays some classical theme, which's name I just cannot remember anymore.

Following this you can find the classical ballad with violin ("Dime con quien andas"), tracks, which remind a bit of less folky, yet more rocking SKYCLAD with higher vocals ("Molinos de viento") as well as a mixture of MAIDEN-esque guitars and violin ("Maritornes") and even an epic track ("Requiem") - everything a Metalians needs.

So should you have the chance to arrest this CD, just do it, because it's really worth the effort, supporting a band that projects its own ideas into this music!

Alexander Melzer



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