The work for the new album is still in progress, and the recordings are planned to start during spring/summer 2013. Stay tuned and keep in touch on facebook for comments! http://www.facebook.com/magicpieband
ERLING HENANGER JOINS MAGIC PIE ON KEYBOARDS
It is with great pleasure we announce that the hunt for a new keybord wizard is over! After auditioning several skilled musicians, all the members of MAGIC PIE bonded with ERLING HENANGER and the new line-up is ready to start the new era of MAGIC PIE. A new album is in writing and the band hope to get out there to show the fans what a fantastic musician they have found in ERLING!
Born in 1968 and living in Fredrikstad, Norway, ERLING HERNANGER plays most kinds of keys and come from a wide background of music in bands and theater. ERLING also possesses a great voice and we are looking forward to start working with him.
Please join us in welcoming ERLING into the MAGIC PIE FAMILY!!!
MAGIC PIE regret to inform that original keyboard player/singer/songwriter GILBERT MARSHALL has left the band.
There is no drama in Gilbert’s decision and he is leaving the band as a friend. Gilbert has been in Magic Pie since the earliest formation of the band. As a keyboard wizard, excellent songwriter, a phenomenal singer and friend, Gilbert has been a vital part of creating the unique sound Magic Pie is known for.
Gilbert will be missed in the band - both by the other five guys and by friends and fans of the band. Magic Pie will start the difficult hunt for a new band member shortly.
USA - Interview by Music Street JournalRead more!(7/28/2011)
USA - The fantastic music of Magic Pie! Review by Music Street Journal
...fantastic vocal harmonies!....Plenty of soaring arpeggios flow in unison on the fine instrumental work, tightly flowing guitar phraseology, stellar keyboard and bass lines move swiftly and without flaw over some pretty incredible technical drum playing.
Live Prog (NL) Video review The Suffering Joy - "Amazing..."
CD Review Tarkus (N) - "Smashing"
Magic Pie has probably delivered one of the best (yes, even though we've only got until March!) Norwegian releases, and The Suffering Joy will probably end up on the top list of symphonic prog slices for all progressive journals and web sites when the year will be rounded off. In other words, SMASHING!
Magic Pie har trolig levert en av årets beste (ja, selv om vi bare har kommet til mars!) norske utgivelser, og The Suffering Joy vil trolig ende opp på topplisten over symfoniske progskiver for samtlige progressive tidsskrifter og nettsteder når året skal rundes av. Med andre ord; KNALL!
...the band is one of the most musically gifted out there. Add in a terrific production with a professional sound, and you have one of the most aesthetically pleasing prog rock albums in recent memory...the only thing anyone needs to gather from this review can be summed up in one word - MASTERPIECE!
CD Review Dutch Progressive Rock Page (NL) - Rating 8 / 10
...This is another impressive release from Stenberg and co. demonstrating their acute ability to blend a variety of styles (albeit mostly in a prog vein) into an entertaining whole...Like the two previous Magic Pie releases this comes highly recommended.
CD Review Official Israeli Dream Theater fanclub Rating 9/10
..Although we are just at the beginning of the year, I have no doubt that this is one of the best albums you'll hear in 2011 a....another masterpiece..."
טורחים לחדש עם השפעות פרוג מודרניות (ניאו פרוג ופרוג מטאל) והכל עם סאונד מודרני השנה, אין לי ספק שמדובר באחד מהאלבומים הטובים ביותר שתשמעו ב-2011 ואני מקווה שכל מי שקורא את הסקירה ירכוש את האלבום כי מגיעים לנו עוד אלבומי מופת גם בעתיד
..."the band actually knows how to create a really decent progrock level....."The Suffering Joy" is a very successful album"...unique in its class..."
„The Suffering Joy” jest więc naprawdę udanym albumem. Dla części odbiorów może być to wyjątkowa rzecz, do której ze sporą przyjemnością będą wracać. Nie da się jednak ukryć, że dla wielu innych może okazać się ona substytutem poprzedniego wydawnictwa Magic Pie, lub na odwrót. Na pojawianie się dzieła równie dobrego, ale w swojej klasie wyjątkowego, trzeba będzie poczekać, trzymając przy tym kciuki, oby tym razem Norwegom nic niefortunnego nieoczekiwanie nie stanęło na drodze.
..."Magic Pie has done it again, and delivers the natural follow up to "Circus Of life", following the same wonderful path, but without repeating themselves one single second...The music of Magic Pie just makes me incredible happy and in a great mood...."
A sense of enthusiasm comes from listening to this album. This feeling is generated by a permanent rainbow notes and variations which intersect, collide, move apart, converge, disperse ... the whole forming a perfectly mastered blend, which recreates a style without ever being tempted by the facility. Recommented !
Un sentiment d’enthousiasme émane de l’écoute de cet album. Ce sentiment est généré par un arc en ciel permanent de notes et de variations qui se croisent, s’entrechoquent, s’éloignent, se rejoignent, se dispersent… le tout formant un amalgame parfaitement maitrisé, qui réinvente un style sans jamais se laisser tenter par la facilité.
O quase impecável "The Suffering Joy" não se mostra apenas um bom álbum, mas sim um enorme passo na carreira do Magic Pie, que com músicos competendes e grandes composições tem tudo para se tornar um dos principais nomes da música progressiva atual.
The almost flawless "The Suffering Joy" not only shows a good album, but a huge step in the career of Magic Pie, who with great compositions and musicians competendes has everything to become a leading name in progressive music today
..."Well I have to admit that Magic Pie with their new album "The Suffering Joy" has come as something of a surprise to me....this is one great find for me and I can certainly recommend the album"...."you have here a true masterpiece!
MAGIC PIE interview- with new vocalist Eirikur Hauksson ( Eric ) "Our journey has just began. There is so much left to say and play and we want to do just that in your hometown. And if we stick to our plan - we will have Magic Pie nr. IV already next year... be prepared !"
..."The Suffering Joy was a long time coming, but is every bit worth the wait. With this album Magic Pie could (and should!) move beyond being the band to watch to being the band that sets the standard. The holidays are over, the diet can wait, we should have another piece of The Pie!"
Article and CD Rewiew Fredrikstad Blad (N) Rating 5/6
..."Godt plassert i de dypeste prog-rock skoger - tenk King Crimson, Pink Floyd, og mer polerte Porcupine Tree, med gode doser klassick rock alla Iron Maiden og Deep Purple..." Complete review (N) Article (N)
CD Review Local Press Rating 5/6
..."Jeg synes «The suffering joy» nærmer seg en rockeopera og er et virkelig helstøpt album. Det er ingen tvil om at mossingene med sin vokalist Eirikur Hauksson fra Fredrikstad, tilhører elitedivisjonen i sin klasse." ..."I think "The suffering joy" approaching a rock opera and is a really unified album. There is no doubt that with his vocals Mossing Eirikur Hauksson from Fredrikstad, belong to the elite division in its class."
..."Det går rett og slett et "RUSH" gjennom kroppen - Et musikalsk kinderegg" ..."A "RUSH" through the body - a musical "Kinder egg"
Sadly Magic Pie have to cancel the official release concert at John Dee, Oslo Thursday 27th January. One of the band members has a nasty spinal disc prolapse AND has a broken leg as well, hence the planned concert is impossible to achieve. Note: New concert 10th April and local release party 21th January is confirmed.