Yargos, Magical Karma, 2012

yargos - magical karmaRecently I posted about the first Yargos album, which I happen to enjoy a whole lot! So with high anticipation I put new release Magical Karma in the player and started listening. And where the 2005 album struck a connection right away, this 2012 album proved a much more difficult affair. Almost as if it was too clever for it´s own good.

But I am not one to give up easy so persisted in listening. After all, it is the final album where the mighty voice of Mac can be heard. A much more complex album, so you will need more time to connect to the melodies. Where previously the keyboards enriched the songs and added a fresh touch, here we get an almost overproduced album with bucket loads of harmony vocals, riffs, style switches and sonic traits. And under that plethora of ideas those famous vocal melodies are waiting for you to discover them. Because make no mistake, Mac still shines here, even if you have to work harder to reach the beauty.

And when slowly put surely the pieces fall together, you realize they have done it again. In many ways an unique album, not easy to digest, but one that will keep you interested in hearing it for years to come. So no formulaic 3 minute pop, but intense and demanding music. If you are up for the challenge ánd the reward, get it at all costs….


Yargos, To Be Or Not To Be, 2005

yargos - to be or not to beThe late Mac (Andrew McDermott – Threshold, Sargant Fury) is too good a voice to ever be forgotten. That is why I decided to pay some more attention to the man in the form of this not so recent release of Yargos, with To Be Or Not to Be. Which was at the time supposed to become his next band, after returning to Germany.

Besides Mac we find amongst others Peter Pichl (Running Wild), and Andy Kienitz (Human Fortress). In many ways this is a truly progressive disk. Obviously rooted in the progressive metal genre, but because of the arrangements, with heavy emphasis on keyboards besides the typical metal guitars, the end result is quite mind blowing. Especially when Mac opens his mouth. The way he manages to keep it all melodic, despite all that is happening in and around his parts, great! And reminds me how much I miss his singing.

So with songs touching upon many genres (from jazzy, to ambient, to electronic to AOR, to heavy metal), we have a very versatile yet highly entertaining album. Convincing from start to finish. If you never picked it up, please do. It is very much worth it.

To round it up: good news is on it´s way as the band is about to release their new album Magical Karma. Let´s find out where time has taken them…