Albums In My Collection
– Circus Of Life
– King For A Day
– Motions Of Desire
– The Suffering Joy
I find this Norwegian band to be extremely fun. In many ways, they remind me of a weirder version of The Flower Kings, fully embracing traditional Prog-Rock band elements, especially when it comes to retro-sounding keyboards (including Moogs and Mellotrons), but also adding a touch of slamming metal guitars along with some complicated vocal harmonies/arrangements that would seem quite at home on an album by Queen or A.C.T. Most of their songs, especially the lengthy ones (some between 20 and 30 minutes), include spectacular instrumental passages where each musician is given a chance to shine, energetic, playful, and ever-changing rhythms, while the melodies are fairly engaging overall, with the lead vocals delivered with grit by a rather powerful frontman.
The usual inspirations are occasionally apparent—everything from classic Gentle Giant, Yes, and Genesis, to more modern-day Prog-Rock like Spock’s Beard, Dream Theater, Transatlantic, etc.—yet through it all Magic Pie manages to create a style all its own. Generally speaking, the band could easily fall into the category of “Retro Prog-Rock,” the category that also includes acts such as Presto Ballet, Black Bonzo, Siena Root, D’Accord, etc.
Regardless of where Magic Pie is best categorized, one thing’s for certain—the music is never boring. The band offers some unbelievable, often breathtaking, Prog-Rock, so fans of the genre will likely find much to cherish on any of the four high-quality albums.