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I was blown away when I discovered this band right before their newest album came out. Wow, just wow. The production value in this album is top notch. Nuclear Blast really went all out for this and it shows. The 2 disc packaging is the most amazing I've ever seen. The picture doesn't do it justice. It's actually like a story book, full color, glossy, with lots of illustrations. Just opening it up and looking through it is a pleasure. (One word of warning, the book case is a little too tall to fit in normal-sized racks. But it's totally worth the inconvenience.) Then, put the disc in and turn it way up. They use a full orchestra through the whole album and the engineering is top notch. The music is just the kind that I love in power metal. It's energizing, fun, and soars like a dragon over the countryside. Lots of lore and RPG/D&D elements. It's a joy to listen to and I can't recommend it enough. Just as with any music, I highly recommend getting a CD over mp3. Lossless gives music so much more life and detail. Storage sizes are so much different now than they were 10 years ago, there's less and less reason to compress now.
Superlatives aren't enough for this "adventure metal" album. Bombastically beautiful, this joyful recording is the love child between classic power metal and Disney's The Gummi Bears theme. An exhilarating, sparkling dragon ride that lifts your soul to breathless heights. Catchy ear-worm melodies that make your heart sing long after you turn off the music. Best of all is Twilight Force's uninhibited, unapologetic nerdiness (they seriously role-play elves, sorcerers and knights at all times!), the end-all metal band for any passionate lover of fantasy a la World of Warcrarft. Sure there's cheese galore, but as one person commented, these guys don't take themselves seriously, but they take their music VERY seriously - it is seriously top-notch, with jaw-dropping power metal vocals and riffs. I have barely listened to this a week and it already in my top 10 favorite albums of all time. Jump on a dragon, draw your sword, blast this music, and let your soul soar!
Reviewed in the United States on September 4, 2019
Epic, majestic, magical metal! I don't understand people who say power metal is cheesy for singing about high fantasy. You people will spend hours watching or reading Tolkien or Harry Potter and gush about high awesome it is, but the second a metal band does it it's cheesy. Eff off! Twilight Force play awesome rifts, have soaring vocals, grandiose choirs, sweeping keyboards, and if you're not screaming along joyfully to these tales of dragons and heroes along with them by the end then I'll call you a liar because you totally did! Get this album, then get the rest!
Truthfully, I was a little weary of buying this album. I like power metal and all, but there reaches a point where the cheesiness of power metal over shines the musicality. This is not the case for this album. Sure, Heroes of Mighty Magic is full of lyrics that speak of knights, magic, and dragons that some may find cliche, but the musical compositions, vocal power, and blistering guitar solos are completely mind blowing! Every song on this album is huge and over the top in all the right ways! A common complaint I've come across of songs from this album is the mix. I'll admit, I had a hard time listening to some of their songs initially on YouTube because of this. However, that all changed when I received the CD. Even in my subpar car speakers, the CD sounds incredible! I've never heard so many layers work so well together. So my advice to listeners would be to check out high quality versions of the songs before judging the mix. Low quality mp3s just don't cut it for this album. It amazes me how much work was put into this album and how little attention it has received. So hopefully this helps spread the word! This is my favorite album of 2016 so far, by far! Hats off to you, Twilight Force! You've gained yourselves yet another Knight of Twilight's Might!
Reviewed in the United States on September 27, 2016
This album is easily the best thing I've heard this year. I'd only heard a few songs from the last album, and while they were good, everything on here blows those out of the water.
One thing this band does that few others do is capture a sense of joy and wonder. That can be best seen on the song There and Back Again, one of the two incredible super-epics on this album. Bands like Freedom Call and Stratovarius make happy music, but I've not heard such a genuinely happy metal song before this. I dare you not to grin while listening to it.
This album is loaded with standout tracks. My favorite one is To the Stars, though all of them are excellent. I couldn't recommend this more.
Twilight Force's debut album a couple years ago kinda came out of nowhere for me. I'm a fan of Sabaton, and one day I saw Sabaton's Facebook page share something about this new power metal band from Sweden that Joakim Broden was promoting and was going to provide guest vocals for. The album art looked sufficiently cheesy for me, since I love fantasy power metal, so I checked it out and immediately fell in love. Tales of Ancient Prophesies was my favorite album that year, and my only complaint was that it was too short.
Heroes of Mighty Magic certainly addresses that complaint, while retaining the same outstanding song quality throughout its entirety. My only complaint with this album is an issue I have seen other people talk about as well. The mixing sounds a bit off. The vocals tend to get buried under the other sounds. But the songs themselves are great.
I really hope that the continued success of bands like Twilight Force and Gloryhammer, with their all-out commitment to their fantasy universes, leads to more bands emerging with the same kind of thing. They didn't necessarily invent it, but they're doing it extremely well. It's just really fun and entertaining. If you even remotely like this kind of power metal, you should listen to this band. You're not likely to be disappointed.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on February 19, 2020
Makes me think of bands like ‘Sonata Arctica’, Stratovarius’ or ‘Rhapsody’, though this lot are even more operatic and orchestral. Imagine a classical orchestral/operatic piece with DragonForce injected into it. Pity the name ‘Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark’ was already taken as it would have been ideal for this band. Generally fast-paced over the top bombastic nonsense, what more could you want? If you like everything including the kitchen sink thrown into your rock experience, then you will love this. If you are only into metal or purely hard rock, then you might find this a bit too orchestral and operatic. Mostly good fun if you keep an open mind, though I could have done without some berk spouting seemingly endless drivel throughout the tediously long spoken eleventh track. Best to finish at T10, as T12 is only a short orchestral outro anyway. Up till then it wasn’t half bad.
If disc 1 wasn’t orchestral enough they give you an orchestral/operatic version on disc 2.
Track time just under 70 ½ mins for disc 1; 32 ½ mins for disc 2.
5.0 out of 5 starsBeautiful piece of escapism from Twilight Force
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on January 15, 2017
This is a brilliant album to own, apart from the musical content, the cover is a lovely illustration of the "sapphire dragon" referred to in track 4 and the book inside gives the details of each character portrayed by the members of the band in the myths and legends so easy to love by anyone who decides to buy "Heroes of Mighty Magic". This is really good fantasy power metal if you like that kind of thing - not to everyone's taste - but extremely well performed.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on September 11, 2017
This is a great album. Sadly, be it with my copy of the LP or in general, the vinyl master seems to be very heavy on the mid range which leads to a rather unbalanced sound. Not unlistenable but certainly not as great as it could sound.
I TF sono tornati e si sono fatti sentire. Se con il primo album si sono affacciati alla scena power con uno stile classico molto bello, ora con questo secondo lavoro ridefiniscono, migliorano e scolpiscono definitivamente il loro stile. Troviamo molta più orchestra, molte melodie Fantasy, condite insieme ad un power classico. Il risultato lascia a bocca aperta dall'inizio alla fine, in un turbine di suoni e ritornelli che sono tutti da cantare.
Personalmente mi hanno ricordato i primi Rhapsody, ma senza la presenza in primo piano delle chitarre. I TF hanno scelto di esaltare tutti i suoni in egual misura, insieme a cori e moltissimi strumenti sinfonici. Il tutto porta l'ascoltatore a soffermarsi sulle atmosfere che questo disco crea, le stesse che suggerisce la copertina. Un mondo fatto di castelli e draghi, dove la magia è ovunque. Non di rado vi ritroverete infatti a sorridere di fronte a certe melodie davvero carine e trainanti, allo stesso tempo semplici ma entusiasmanti, come in una vera avventura Fantasy.
I brani sono tutti splendidi, con addirittura una traccia dedicata esclusivamente alla trama, con solo parlato. C'è molta offerta, sia che amiate il power più classico, in cui spiccano Powerwind e Riders of the Dawn con doppia cassa martellante, sia che preferiate traccie più sinfoniche, che possono essere Guardian of the Seas o There and Back Again, quest'ultima una grandiosa traccia di più di 10 minuti con Fabio Lione ospite al microfono! C'è davvero di tutto quindi mi sento di consigliarlo ad un fan medio di Power metal, perché troverebbe comunque quello che cerca.
L'edizione limitata è davvero ben fatta. contiene un cd extra con brani sinfonici, testi e alcuni artwork davvero belli, il tutto riunito in un comodo libretto rigido di alta qualità.
Yep the sound is wierd bud song are great. So forget Rhapsody, Rhapsody Of Fire and Turillis Rhapsody and all of Rhapsodies i don't know how many are there. This is everything you ever wanted from symphonic heroic epic powermetal. Its about fantasy world and elfs, dwarfs and all other magical creatures like dragons and so on. This is ridiculous and cool in same way. If WOW will ever have heavy metal soundtrack it must be from Twilight Force.
5.0 out of 5 starsFantastic epic melodic uplifting with killer vocals and solos
Reviewed in Canada on March 28, 2018
Fantastic epic and uplifting symphonic speedy power metal with top notch vocals, guitar solos and orchestration. The riffs, lyrics and bass are a bit underwhelming but the positives largely outweigh the negatives. The A side is also noticeably stronger than the B side but still worth listening to the whole thing.
5.0 out of 5 starsMischung aus Fairyland und Helloween der Keeper Zeiten
Reviewed in Germany on October 18, 2016
Endlich mal wieder eine positive Überraschung aus der Speed , Fantasy und Power Metal Ecke. Sicherlich klischeebehaftet, aber dennoch tolle Melodien , epische Themen, und wirklich komplexe Arrangements. Mir gefällts !
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