Sporting a cover worthy of some of the more obscure metal discs of the mid 80’s, (a skeleton clothed in black with pearls around its neck that resembles Whoopi Goldberg!) Mago de Oz’s (Magician Of Oz) latest release “Gaia” (their 6th) is the bands first attempt to test the western music waters of the USA. Already a hugely popular band in their native Spain (where the CD is already Platinum), Portugal, Mexico and other parts of South America, Locomotive Music looks to take their popularity to a higher level.
According to their biosheet, the style of music Mago De Oz play is Spanish Worldrock. Musically, the band appears to have cornered the Spanish speaking folk metal market. The tunes throughout the disc have a Gaelic vibe that most notably recalls Skyclad and to a slight extent Blind Guardian.
This is one of those discs that is really tough to review but the overall feel throughout the disc is very upbeat, giving you the feeling this 8 piece band would really be enjoyable to see in a live setting. Mago De Oz has played to crowds in excess of 25,000 people and typically play over 100 show per year. For a off the wall comparison think Blackmore’s Night with a little heavier instrumentation and male vocals.