Magica (album)

Magica (album)
Magica
Studio album by Dio
Released March 21, 2000
Recorded Total Access,
Redondo Beach, California, USA
Genre Heavy metal
Length 72:02
Label Spitfire
Producer Ronnie James Dio
Dio chronology
Inferno: Last in Live
(1998)
Magica
(2000)
Killing the Dragon
(2002)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]

Magica is Dio's eighth studio album. It is a concept album and it was released on March 21, 2000, through Spitfire Records. A 2007 re-release puts Magica together with Killing the Dragon.

Magica marks the return of guitarist Craig Goldy, who also has performed on Dio's album Dream Evil and in the later release Master of the Moon. Magica also features Jimmy Bain on bass, Simon Wright on drums, and Scott Warren on keyboards. Band leader Ronnie James Dio produced this concept album. The album was originally planned to be the first part of a trilogy of concept albums, and shortly before beginning his tour with Heaven & Hell, Dio announced that he planned to start the Magica II & III album after the tour's end, but he died shortly after of stomach cancer on May 16, 2010. The only song released from Magica II & III was titled "Electra".

The album may be re-issued with bonus tracks. Dio guitarist Craig Goldy stated in a recent interview "We were working on tracks for a new DIO album just before Ronnie died in May. And we did almost finish one song. Wendy [Dio, Ronnie's widow/manager] has been talking about reissuing [DIO's] 'Magica' album (originally released in 2000) with bonus tracks, including this one." Goldy goes on to say of the lyrics, that they were written by Dio when he was fighting cancer, and are "very emotional" and "hard to listen to without a lump at the back of your throat".[2]

Contents

Track listing

All songs written by Ronnie James Dio and Craig Goldy except where noted. "Magica Story" has no music and is a spoken narration by Dio.

  1. "Discovery" (Dio) – 0:54
  2. "Magica Theme" (Dio) – 1:16
  3. "Lord of the Last Day" (Dio) – 4:04
  4. "Fever Dreams" (Dio) – 4:37
  5. "Turn to Stone" – 5:19
  6. "Feed My Head" – 5:39
  7. "Eriel" – 7:25
  8. "Challis" – 4:25
  9. "As Long as It's Not About Love" – 6:04
  10. "Losing My Insanity" – 5:04
  11. "Annica" [Japan Bonus Track] – 3:46
  12. "Otherworld" – 4:56
  13. "Magica (Reprise)" (Dio) – 1:53
  14. "Lord of the Last Day (Reprise)" (Dio) – 1:44
  15. "Magica Story" (Dio) – 18:26

Chart positions

Album

Year Album Chart positions
US Top Independent Albums
2000 Magica #13

Personnel

References

  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ "Last Song RONNIE JAMES DIO Worked On To See Light Of Day". Blabbermouth.net. http://www.roadrunnerrecords.com/blabbermouth.net/news.aspx?mode=Article&newsitemID=150324. Retrieved 2010-12-06. 

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