Sounds like the flux capacitor is fluxing and Mr. Fusion has been stuffed with as much garbage as he can take, for one listen to Magick Touch is like taking a ride back to the 80’s in Doc Brown’s tricked-out DeLorean, tuning the radio to the local rock station, and catching the newest hits from the hottest heavy metal newcomers!
Seriously, did we walk through a time warp? Bergen, Norway’s nostalgic neophytes known as Magick Touch have returned with their third full-length album from Edged Circle Productions, Heads Have Got to Rock n’ Roll, but while this amazing album’s release date may say June 26th, 2020, the more you listen to it, the more you swear the release date should read June 26th, 1985.
Produced with all the panache and swagger of a Priest album (but enhanced by the clarity of 21st century recording equipment), Heads Have Got to Rock n’ Roll is the musical equivalent of a time machine. Combining only the greatest elements of hair metal acts such as Skid Row and Slaughter with the heavy, sped-up blues of Thin Lizzy and Deep Purple, Magick Touch have flawlessly invoked the past with their modern approach to the genre; and truly, the ten cuts contained upon this remarkable release sound just as timelessly executed as the music laid down by the legends they’re emulating.
Still heavy enough at times to be considered part of the New Wave of Traditional Heavy Metal, but also replete with three-part harmony choruses to sing along to, loads of out-front riffs and solos to air-guitar to, and enough swanky attitude to make the hair on the back of your mullet stand straight up, Magick Touch’s Heads Have Got to Rock n’ Roll is an instant classic, so what are you waiting for? Give that old play button a tickle to check out the video for the anthemic banger, ”All Night Long”, and show this incredible trio some love for fantastically reviving and rejuvenating a sound long lost!
Release Date: June 26th, 2020 (Edged Circle Productions)
Genre: New Wave of Traditional Heavy Metal
Influences and Contemporaries: Black Sabbath, Thin Lizzy, Deep Purple, Judas Priest, Skid Row, Slaughter, Night Demon, Haunt, Galaxy, Iron Kingdom