MAGICK TOUCH – Blades, Chains, Whips & Fire

  • 7.5/10
    MAGICK TOUCH - Blades, Chains, Whips & Fire - 7.5/10


Edge Circle Productions
Release date: January 1, 2018

User Review
5/10 (1 vote)

With an unexpected and hard to classify mix of Hard Rock and Power Metal, Magick Touch’s second album Blades, Chains, Whips & Fire will please fans of RIOT, Thin Lizzy, and the New Wave of European Glam Metal bands like Santa Cruz, Aerodyne, and Crazy Lixx.

The album title, along with cover artwork that features lions, tigers, panthers, and a cloaked, torch wielding wizard, is almost enough to guarantee a good time. The music within does a good job of living up to its visual presentation. This is a band with a unique sound, but not so unique that it will have a hard time finding an audience, rather there is enough width and sonic depth to Magick Touch that most Hard Rock and Classic Metal fans will find something they can latch on to. If there is any knock against this collection of songs, it would be that sometimes the band gets lost in their hunt for originality. Tracks like “Electrick Sorcery” have a directionless quality to them that is not helpful. Despite this misstep, it’s still impressive that Magick Touch has managed to carve out a signature sound with only two albums under their belt. Pop this in, crank it up and get ready to feel the touch!

Highlights include the album opener “Under The Gun”, lead single “The Great Escape”, and the darkly inspired “After The Fire”.



  • Maxxxwell Carlisle

    Maxxxwell was a reviewer and the host of The Maxed Out Metal Hour here on Metal Express Radio. He is the current lead guitarist for LA based metal veterans Hellion. In addition to his ongoing role in Hellion, he has also released 5 albums as a solo artist and appeared as a guest writer and soloist on Michael Angelo Batio's Intermezzo album, named one of the Top 5 shred albums of 2014 by Guitar World Magazine. He continues to collaborate with various Metal musicians and teaches guitar technique and Metal composition via Skype. Additionally, he is a former competitive bodybuilder and enjoys a lifestyle based around health, fitness and Metal.

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