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MAGIC PIE

Fragments Of The 5th Element

14,99 € * inkl. MwSt. zzgl. Versandkosten
  • 28337
  • MAGIC PIE
  • CD
  • PROGRESSIVE
  • 16.08.2019
Wo Magic Pie drauf steht, ist tatsächlich ein Magischer Kuchen drin. Glaubt man der offiziellen... mehr

Wo Magic Pie drauf steht, ist tatsächlich ein Magischer Kuchen drin. Glaubt man der offiziellen Beschreibung, besteht dieser im Wesentlichen aus dem klassischen Prog der 70er und dem guten alten Hardrock, ebenso aus den 70ern. Dies alles inspiriert vor allem durch Dream Theater, Genesis, Pink Floyd, Kansas, Deep Purple und Yes. Also doch nicht nur alles aus den 70ern, was bei Magic Pie so herumschwirrt. Der virtuose Progmetal im Geiste von Dream Theater spielt nämlich auch auf „Fragments oft he 5th Element“ eine der tragenden Rollen. Und Deep Purple würde ich als Orientierung eher durch Spock’s Beard ersetzen wollen.

Mir kommen bei dieser munteren, bunten und bravourös dargebotenen stilistischen Mischung auch noch die Namen Styx, The Beatles, Queen und Kayak in den Sinn. Styx wegen der immer wieder mehrstimmigen Gesänge, The Beatles wegen der ausgeprägten Melodiosität, Queen wegen der melodischen Gitarrenbeiträge und Kayak wegen der Pop-Prog-Komponente, die auf dem fünften Werk von Magic Pie immer wieder durchschimmert.

Als wäre das noch nicht genug, werden immer mal wieder die Momente des symphonischen Prog sowie jazzig angehauchte, jammende Instrumentalteile mit eingeflochten. Wohl nicht zuletzt, um die Gitarrensolos des Projektleiters Kim Stenberg im optimalen Licht erscheinen zu lassen.

In dem balladesken „Touched by an Angel“ ähnelt der Sänger frappierend dem unvergesslichen David Bowie. Fast als würde ich „Wild ist the Wind“ lauschen. Bis die rockigeren Refrain-Teile kommen, die den Eindruck wieder verfliegen lassen.

In dem abschließenden Longtrack „The Hedonist“ orientiert man sich verstärkt an dem symphonischen Prog. Nun kann ich auch die gerne gemachten Vergleiche mit The Flower Kings besser verstehen. Der symphonische Prog steht hier (mal wieder) neben dem erstklassigen Progmetal und dem progressiven Hardrock, als würden sich in dem Stück Dream Theater und Kansas abwechseln. Dazu möchte ich noch die bemerkenswert kreativen Beiträge des Keyboarders loben, ganz besonders im der Synthesizerabteilung.

Wie auf „Fragments oft he 5th Element“ sollte im melodischen Bereich vorzugsweise geproggt werden, damit keiner auf die Idee kommt, der „Prog“ wäre eigentlich angestaubt und langweilig.

(S. Zielinski/BBS - 10/15)



The long-awaited fifth full-length album from Norwegian Prog Rockers MAGIC PIE is on its way. Titled "Fragments of the 5th Element" it is set to hit the streets on Karisma Records on the 30th of August in CD and Gatefold LP.

 

"Fragments of the 5th Element" finds MAGIC PIE steering clear of the sterile perfection so often found amongst modern Prog bands in order to create an album with a slightly more unpolished sound, and a "rough around the edges" feel that gives it an added bite. From the genre-defying opener, to the epic 23 minute closer, MAGIC PIE clearly demonstrate just why they have become a household name amongst Prog Rock fans, and why this album has been worth the long wait. Mixed & Mastered by Rich Mouser (SPOCKS BEARD, TRANSATLANTIC) at The Mouse House Studio in Los Angeles, drums for "Fragments of the 5th Element" were recorded at Lionheart Studio & Production, where Øyvind Voldmo Larsen also worked his magic as engineer. All other recordings were made at Kim Stenberg‘s Studio Basement.

 

With artwork and design by Kim Stenberg, based on original paintings by Eva Stenberg, tracklisting on "Fragments of the 5th Element" is as follows:

 

1 – The Man Who Had It All

2 – P & C

3 – Table For Two

4 – Touched By An Angel

5 – The Hedonist




Review ProgReport  by Martin Hutchinson:

 

‘Fragments Of The 5th Element’ is Magic Pie’s long awaited 5th album, made up from 5 tracks showcasing the band’s very diverse influences. On this record, they have tried to steer clear of the sterile perfection which modern prog bands have a tendency to get caught up in – and have gone for a slightly more unpolished sound, a bit rough in the edges. A little more ‘bite’.”


Norwegian progressive rock band Magic Pie has become a household name for prog fans around the world with their blend of classic prog and 70’s hard rock inspired by bands such as Dream Theater, Genesis, Pink Floyd, Kansas, Deep Purple, Yes, etc. Fronted by band leader and guitar maestro Kim Stenberg, the band are known for their epic, energetic, melodic and sometimes heavy prog rock with splendid vocal harmonies and great musicianship.


Right, that’s the PR and introduction out of the way, what you fans really want to know is what is this new album like?

I’ve been a big fan of Magic Pie since I first heard their wonderful 2011 release The Suffering Joy, the incredibly infectious blend upbeat pop infused progressive rock is energetic, melodic and full of splendid vocal harmonies and great musicianship. Well folks, if it ain’t broke don’t fix it seems to be the mantra that this Norwegian sextet have decided to follow and, in my books, that’s the correct decision. The thunderously bombastic opener “The Man Who Had It All” is electrifying and grin-inducing in equal measure. Sonorous, powerful guitars, thumping bass and dynamic drums combine with stylish keyboards and the highly distinctive vocals to deliver a massively enjoyable, rollicking musical ride that leaves you trying to catch your breath. As album openers go, it doesn’t get much more vibrant and energetic than this, now bring on the rest! Edgy and frenetic to start with, “P&C” seems to be brimming with a potent intensity and never seems to stand still. The upbeat, memorable chorus provides a counterpoint but this song is the musical equivalent of popping a champagne cork and builds on the high intensity of the opening track. Completing the triumvirate of bluster and braggadocio with some vivid and potent guitars and in your face keyboards is the criminally short “Table For Two”. Another standout chorus adds meat to the bones of an already impressive track and these stellar musicians continue to blow you away with their vitality and power. Bringing a modicum of calm and reflection to proceedings is the gorgeous rock ballad “Touched By An Angel”, tender vocals and a restrained touch to the music deliver a beautiful song that erupts with emotion on the stirring, compelling chorus with its delightful harmonies. Eight minutes of elegant hard rock with a little touch of prog as Magic Pie continue to impress with their musical chops, the guitar solo is just brilliant! Let’s ramp the prog up to 10 shall we? Album closer “The Hedonist” is over twenty-three minutes long and not a second is wasted with filler, it’s a phenomenal musical journey full of twists and turns, one where the band get to indulge and enjoy themselves. The mind-blowing instrumental introduction leaves you in a state of rapture on its own, these guys are most certainly at the top of their game. Hard edged and aggressive lyrics give you a metaphorical shove in the chest as this track makes its presence known. The perfectly harmonized, sparkling chorus is electrifying and just adds to the cornucopia of amazing musical delights on show. Moments of calm intersperse the energy and add pathos to this singular tune, a song almost worth the entry fee on its own.


Fragments Of The 5th Element is Magic Pie at their electrifying best, catchy keyboards, incredibly vibrant guitars a rhythm section hewn out of mountains and harmonized vocals to die for give the foundations for the band to create and deliver an album of monumental delights.

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