Magical Karma - 2012

    Magical Karma

    Release may 2012 - check it! The fist hearings:

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    Review ROCKS Magazine 03/2012

    YARGOS - Magical Karma

    A lushly arranged obituary

    The history of this band goes all the way back to the 1970s; however, MAGICAL KARMA is only the second album of the Hanover-based rock veterans, helmed by multi-instrumentalist Wieland Hofmeister. This album is also the last record to ever be graced with the vocals of Andrew MAC McDermott (Threshold, Sergeant Fury), who died last year at age 45. It is this voice that adds a very special tone to the lushly arranged hybrid of art-rock and prog metal. The music is complex, and at times, even overloaded, but MAC’s voice always serves as the rock in the surf, as the railing the listener can hang onto in this wild sea of eclecticism. MAGICAL KARMA is heavier than YARGOS’ previous output, but that new heaviness is actually quite becoming. Listen to the final mammoth track, “The Wolves Howled (And You Pray)” if you don’t believe me. MAGICAL KARMA is an album that requires patience, but it is also the powerful legacy of a great singer.

    LOTHAR HAUSFELD

    5 out of 6 points

     

    Review ECLIPSED Magazine 05/2012

    YARGOS

    MAGICAL KARMA / Progressive Melodic Metal

    Sounds like: Within Tempation; Zed Yago; Queen

    This album had already been recorded in 2009, production had been completed, and press copies with the cover artwork had already been sent to all the organs of the music market, but then MAGICAL KARMA got stuck. Apart from late singer extraordinaire Andrew McDermott, who had joined Yargos after he left Threshold, and who had already kicked out the jams on the band’s 2005 album “To Be Or Not To Be”, the band also has other well-known members, such as multi-instrumentalist Osssy Pfeiffer and his wife Anca Graterol (Rosy Vista), who add the female lead vocals to the mix.

    The version of MAGICAL KARMA that we are being treated to now has two additional tracks, one of which was recorded shortly after McDermott’s death, so this album is even more of a farewell gift, and a very luxuriant one at that. “Luxuriant” also seems to be the word that best describes this band whose early incarnations had already been touring the Lower Saxon music scene in the 1970s. But now, with the current line-up, everything seems to have fallen in place. This is progressive, majestic music with melodic rock elements and Queen-esque moments.

    Top track: Where Is The Point

    8 out of 10 points