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The Magnificent – The Magnificent [2011]

The Magnificent is a great new melodic rock project from Frontiers Records featuring the brilliant talents of Leverage guitarist and songwriter Torsti Spoof combined with the amazing vocals of Circus Maximus singer Michael Eriksen. The style of music presented here is melodic hard rock focused on smooth vocal melodies with massive chorus hooks and highly technical guitar solos.

The production is huge yet warm and the guitar solos are really well constructed. Production was handled by Torsti Spoof which is astounding as his talents seem to have no limits. I have been a massive fan of what these guys have done in their own bands and was very excited to hear what their combined forces would achieve and I must say the results are impressive. Highlights include the bombastic opener “Holding On To Your Love”, the very memorable songwriting of “Cheated By Love”, the awesome power ballad “Angel”, the energetic performance of “Satin & Lace”, the massive chorus and killer guitar solo of “Smoke & Fire”, and the epic power ballad “If It Takes All Night”.

What The Magnificent lacks in originality it makes up for in perfect execution making this one of the essential albums to check out this year. It really is a pleasure listening to Michael Eriksen nail the vocal melodies on these intense songs. The Magnificent is definitely one of the strongest melodic rock albums of the year and is highly recommended to fans of Leverage, Brother Firetribe, and Whitesnake’s classic 1987 album.

Band Members
Jukka Karinen – Keyboards
Michael Eriksen – Lead & Backing Vocals
Rolf Pilve – Drums
Sami Norbacka – Bass
Torsti Spoof – Guitars, Keyboards, Backing Vocals, Bass # 9

Tracks
01. Holding On To Your Love
02. Cheated By Love
03. Memories
04. Angel
05. Satin & Lace
06. Love’s On The Line
07. Bullets
08. Smoke & Fire
09. Tired Of Dreaming
10. If It Takes All Night
11. Lost
12. Harvest Moon
13. Drive [Japan Bonus Track]

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The Magnificent - The Magnificent [2011], 9.8 out of 10 based on 4 ratings
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