Released: Mar 2011
Label: Napalm Records
Sons of Seasons is a very intense and learned band. When exploring Magnisphyricon you're going to need -- in addition to a pair of ears, of course -- a dictionary and a firm understanding of European music and history from ancient times up through the classical age. Though the German ensemble are commonly tagged symphonic metal, which is borne out by the lush orchestral interludes peppered through this epic listening experience, it's their progressive elements that keyboardist and leader Oliver Palotai has pushed to the fore, particularly on "Bubonic Waltz" and "A Nightbird's Gospel."