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HEAVY MEDDLE

Magic Elf

 

Progressive Metal

4.20 | 13 ratings

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therek
4 stars

Magic Elf’s Heavy Meddle is one of the gems in my collection, although I do imagine that not everyone might find this album as interesting as I did, ah well…

Magic Elf is a New York based instrumental trio performing pretty nifty jazz rock, a fusion of progressive rock, metal and country. I’ve stumbled upon Magic Elf couple of years ago and--being mislead by the name--though “yet another power metal band”. I’m not sure whether the first song I’ve heard was Calamity Castle or Scrambledreggs but I changed my mind really quickly and think of myself as their big fan ever since.

Heavy Meddle is a 42 minute-long brisk fully instrumental album, a second one from Magic Elf and their last one so far. It’s got everything little tigers loves the most: neatly exposed bass lines, interesting drumwork and great guitar play, all mastered in correct proportions. The opening track, Calamity Castle, is a real killer with a crazy laugh thrown in the middle conveying the spirit of this song: wild and unpredictable. There’s also Dixie Dreggs styled uptempo country song Scrambledreggs, very ‘eavy N.S.D., Better Days Head that reminds me of an album Transformation by Alex Skolnick Trio and acoustic Gnome Poem to chill-out at the end.

The Heavy Meddle is a diverse jazz rocking album blended with metal or country riffs here and there. If you’re much into instrumental prog and like to hear entire band showing off, not just the guitarist this album is for you. If you don’t mind an instrumental album sounding a bit starkly because of lack of keyboard fillings this album is also for you.

therek | 4/5 |

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