Have you ever wondered what it is like to be in the medieval times? Well, wonder no more, because Black Magic Fools and their newest release Soul Collector is here to provide you with enough medieval soundscapes to make you feel as though you are a part of the medieval time period. If heavy metal was played back then, I have a feeling that this is what it would sound like. With each song you get a heavy dosage of medieval sounds mixed with rocking heavy metal to create something that is unique and highly memorable.
From beginning to end, Black Magic Fools has you rocking along with wenches and knights alike. After the cynical intro, everything picks up from there, and from then on you get bombarded with your fair share of medieval headbanging debauchery. As memorable as each song is, they still have a bit of a deadly tinge to them. There is something that is poisonous about each song as the subject matter isn’t exactly always the happiest. Don’t let the bagpipes fool you, this music that is presented before you can be and is harsh at times.
Black Magic Fools has a lot going on in this record with a multitude of working pieces. Even with the amount of instruments that they use and the way that songs are constructed, Black Magic Fools does a great job of putting everything together to create seamless music and the unique sounds that pull you into the album. Black Magic Fools and their unique sound suck you in and parade you around sordid and darkened medieval soundscapes.
Every song is captivating and makes you feel as though you are feasting around a giant wooden table with mead and an assortment of meats and bread with the most scantily clad wenches in the land. Soul Collector is intriguing and unique and captivates your mind and brings you along for an interesting ride. Most of the songs here get stuck in your head for one reason or another and you can’t seem to shake them no matter how hard you do try.
To go along with the crunching riffs, solid drumming, massive bass lines and vocals that are gritty and work very cohesively with this very specific type of music are the non traditional instruments that you don’t always hear. Every song injects the use of bagpipes and violins among others to create an authentic medieval setting and atmosphere. Most of the songs don’t necessarily have a guitar solo, instead bagpipe and violin solos make appearances.
Soul Collector is sound all around. The atmosphere is just as old and iron clad as you would want it, the music is heavy and the introduction to bagpipes, violins and other instruments works cohesively with the vision that Black Magic Fools is going for. This is an interesting album that is also incredibly entertaining.