Serious Black Magic

Serious Black’s lineup is an impressive resume consisting of players from bands Firewind, Rhapsody, Tad Morose, Edenbridge, Visions Of Atlantis and Dreamscape. What do you get – well the music is a natural hybrid of all the above with the result what you’d expect – European power metal. But, unlike some of the new younger bands playing this style, Serious Black don’t come across as contrived or over using the hallmarks of the genre, see a Gloryhammer and Dragonforce (farce). Black is more akin to Orden Ogan. Magic, their third album, is their first concept story created by vocalist Urban Breed.

“Binary Magic” and “Burn! Witches! Burn!” maintain a steadfast tempo with traditional guitar tones, melodic leads and vocals, with the focus on power in the metal. “Lone Gunman Rule” could have been a left over track for Gamma Ray with the riff complimented by keys, while “Newfound Freedom” one from Firewind. Some lovely catchy simplicity and vocal harmonies to “You’ll Never Know”. Solid. A triumphant power metal gallop spirits “I Can Do Magic”. A darker tone is clear for the delivery and leads to “Serious Black Magic” with fitting moody keyboards and laughter in the voice. “The Witch Of Caldwell Town” has the most drive while “True Love Is Blind” back to a straight forward arrangement. By the last track, “One Final Song” things close on a somber note with such a flair for Broadway.

Maybe could have shaved off two or three for better impact and quality over quantity (intro “With A Tip Of The Hat” / “Binary Magic”), but regardless enjoyable and kept my attention.

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Serious Black Magic

Artist: Serious Black
Album: Magic
Genre: Metal
Label: AFM Records
Release Date: August 25, 2017

Track Listing:

01. With A Tip Of The Hat
02. Binary Magic
03. Burn! Witches Burn!
04. Lone Gunman Rule
05. Now You’ll Never Know
06. I Can Do Magic
07. Serious Black Magic
08. Skeletons On Parade
09. Mr. Nightmist
10. The Witch Of Caldwell Town
11. True Love Is Blind
12. Just Kill Me
13. Newfound Freedom
14. One Final Song

Band Members:

– Urban breed (vocals)
– Bob Katsionis (guitars)
– Dominik Sebastian (guitars)
– Mario Lochert (bass)
– Jan Vacik (keyboards)
– Alex Holzwarth (drums)

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Artist: Serious Black
Album: Magic
Genre: Metal
Label: AFM Records
Release Date: August 25, 2017

Track Listing:

01. With A Tip Of The Hat
02. Binary Magic
03. Burn! Witches Burn!
04. Lone Gunman Rule
05. Now You’ll Never Know
06. I Can Do Magic
07. Serious Black Magic
08. Skeletons On Parade
09. Mr. Nightmist
10. The Witch Of Caldwell Town
11. True Love Is Blind
12. Just Kill Me
13. Newfound Freedom
14. One Final Song

Band Members:

– Urban breed (vocals)
– Bob Katsionis (guitars)
– Dominik Sebastian (guitars)
– Mario Lochert (bass)
– Jan Vacik (keyboards)
– Alex Holzwarth (drums)

Source: XSROCK

Serious Black Magic

Artist: Serious Black
Album: Magic
Genre: Metal
Label: AFM Records
Release Date: August 25, 2017
Reviewed by: Bobby Caughron

Review:
Serious Black is seriously back….with their new album “Magic”. These guys have really been making waves in the power metal scene and continue to forge new territory with their latest release. In good company with bands like Symphony X, Dream Theater and Firewind, Serious Black are out to prove they have what it takes to be a major player in the genre. Urban Breed is a spectacular vocalist that’s perfect for this sound. At times he reminds me of Michael Sweet of Stryper. Come to think of it, I imagine most people who like Stryper’s sound will really like Serious Black too. I really like the keyboard and guitar driven “Lone Gunman Rule”. It’s one my favorites here along with “Now You’ll Never Know” “Black Magic” and “The Witch Of Caldwell Town”. All in all, you get 14 tracks of incredible, magical music.

Track Listing:
01. With A Tip Of The Hat
02. Binary Magic
03. Burn! Witches Burn!
04. Lone Gunman Rule
05. Now You’ll Never Know
06. I Can Do Magic
07. Serious Black Magic
08. Skeletons On Parade
09. Mr. Nightmist
10. The Witch Of Caldwell Town
11. True Love Is Blind
12. Just Kill Me
13. Newfound Freedom
14. One Final Song

Band Members:
– Urban breed (vocals)
– Bob Katsionis (guitars)
– Dominik Sebastian (guitars)
– Mario Lochert (bass)
– Jan Vacik (keyboards)
– Alex Holzwarth (drums)

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Artist: Serious Black
Album: Magic
Genre: Metal
Label: AFM Records
Release Date: August 25, 2017
Reviewed by: Bobby Caughron

Review:
Serious Black is seriously back….with their new album “Magic”. These guys have really been making waves in the power metal scene and continue to forge new territory with their latest release. In good company with bands like Symphony X, Dream Theater and Firewind, Serious Black are out to prove they have what it takes to be a major player in the genre. Urban Breed is a spectacular vocalist that’s perfect for this sound. At times he reminds me of Michael Sweet of Stryper. Come to think of it, I imagine most people who like Stryper’s sound will really like Serious Black too. I really like the keyboard and guitar driven “Lone Gunman Rule”. It’s one my favorites here along with “Now You’ll Never Know” “Black Magic” and “The Witch Of Caldwell Town”. All in all, you get 14 tracks of incredible, magical music.

Track Listing:
01. With A Tip Of The Hat
02. Binary Magic
03. Burn! Witches Burn!
04. Lone Gunman Rule
05. Now You’ll Never Know
06. I Can Do Magic
07. Serious Black Magic
08. Skeletons On Parade
09. Mr. Nightmist
10. The Witch Of Caldwell Town
11. True Love Is Blind
12. Just Kill Me
13. Newfound Freedom
14. One Final Song

Band Members:
– Urban breed (vocals)
– Bob Katsionis (guitars)
– Dominik Sebastian (guitars)
– Mario Lochert (bass)
– Jan Vacik (keyboards)
– Alex Holzwarth (drums)

Source: XSROCK