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Norway - Norwegian Dream Theater Fan Club Magazine (Echo's Hill) - June 2009
(CD - Circus of Life)
...Magic Pie delivers for the second time some of the best progrock Norway has to offer.
Complete review PDF (Norwegian)

Brazil - Progressive Rock & Progressive Metal - June 2008
(CD - Circus of Life)
...In the world of progressive rock scene, there are some bands that make a special feeling in our musical life, I consider Magic Pie one of those bands who will grab our attention with their magic and symphonic music...Brilliant and amazing, an indispensable work, highly recommendable...
Complete review (English)

Italy - Hardsounds - May 2008
(CD - Circus of Life)
...Una band coi numeri buoni per crescere e stupire ancora di più, creatrice di un disco che starà molto bene nella vostra raccolta di ottime band progressive... (77/100)
Complete review (Italian)

USA - Prog4you - April 2008
(CD - Circus of Life)
...I experienced much of this material live at RoSfest far before I ever heard the disc. While it was masterfully performed there, it is superbly done here....I can hardly suppress my anticipation for the next melodious extravaganza they have scheduled....If offered more Magic Pie, there is only one proper response: “Thank you, sirs! May I have another slice?” (9,25/10)
Complete review (English)

Norway - Rockeweb - February 2008
(CD - Circus of Life)
...a harmonious echo from the 70s complemented by creative character and a distingtive signature.....an impressive melodic foundation.....really god songs presented by brilliant musicians and singers (5/6)
Complete review (Norwegian)

Sweden - Rogson - September 2007
(CD - Circus of Life)
.....This album is very well put together, every song fits into the puzzle. It´s fresh and it’s vintage – all at the same time. Gilbert Marshall’s roaring epic organs, reminding me of guys like Keith Emerson, Rick Wakeman and Ken Hensley. Kim Stenberg's guitar work on songs like “The clown” and “Watching the waters” are nothing but awesome! The guy is David Gilmour and John Petrucci - all in one!....essential purchase of the year! (10/10)
Complete review (English)

Germany - Progressive Newsletter - September 2007
(CD - Circus of Life)
Was „Circus of life“ weiterhin zu einem Gewinneralbum macht, ist die Tatsache, dass man der Band tatsächlich ihre Spielfreude abnimmt, hier eben nicht ein klinisches Hochglanzprodukt mit dem möglichst großen gemeinsamen Prog-Nenner abgeliefert wurde. Eingängig, progressiv, einfach gut – Magic Pie sind auf dem besten Weg, sich langfristig zu etablieren.
Complete review (German)

France - Progressive Area - September 2007
(CD - Circus of Life)
.....a well digested amalgam of modern progressive rock'n'roll suitable to federate largest numbers....a group which confirms its potential with a second very successful album (8/10)
Complete review (English)

France Acid Dragon Magazine - August 2007
(CD - Circus of Life)
.....Circus of Life just blows me away: brilliant playing, singing, lyrics, production and concept, this band from Norway has assimilated its influences well. Add Circus of Life to your wants list!
Complete review (English) (txt)

France - Music Waves - July 2007
(CD - Circus of Life)
........a pearl scintillating in the progressive universe...a luminous jewel called to wake up the directions of the listener...a work of instrumental experimentation of great quality with vocal parts of an emotional intensity...a marriage between "The Flower Kings" and "Dream Theater".... one of the major exits of the year 2007 (9/10)
Complete review (English)

Norway/Finland - Imhotep - July 2007
(CD - Circus of Life)
.....the structures and the vocalization (done by more or less the whole six-piece band) are excellent, and on top the production is crystal clear, you can probably not ask for more.(5/6)
Complete review (English)

Canada & various - Progarchives - July 2007
(CD - Circus of Life)
.....MAGIC PIE is truly a phenomenal band: they seem to have absorbed some 20 best prog bands in their sound and yet you will not find their two albums derivative or full of musical clichés....The vocals are great.The guitarist is a genius... No doubt, five stars. One of the best new albums I heard in 2007. Highly recommended (5/5)
Complete review (English)

Italy - Tales of wonder - July 2007
(CD - Circus of Life)
.....Magic Pie hits the mark again with seven beautiful tracks.....no weak points, and I looked for them, believe me !! ..... one of the 5 best releases of this year (90/100)
Complete review (English & Italian)

Sweden - Extended Mix - July 2007
(CD - Circus of Life)
........the sound is very professional.....good vocals and harmonies will absolutely make sure they come far.....one of the best progressive rock albums released this year (8/10)
Complete review (Swedish)

France - Big Bang Magazine - July 2007
(CD - Circus of Life)
.....Magic Pie thus confirms well its statute of revelation and Circus Of Life largely holds all the promises of Motions Of Desire. A new great group is indeed among us!
Complete review (English)

Netherlands - Dutch Progressive Rock Page - July 2007
(CD - Circus of Life)
.....with this CD the Norwegians have made a great contender for the album of the year lists.....in the intervening two years between the previous album and Circus of Life, the group has honed, even created, its own style inevitably helped by taking to the stage and performing to enthusiastic international audiences (9/10)
Complete review (English)

France - Harmonie Magazine - July 2007
(CD - Circus of Life)
.....Circus of life thus brings the confirmation that Magic Pie is a group of very great scale, capable of all the audacities and all the metamorphoses while drawing from a rich and eclectic musical inheritance. This Scandinavian group makes the demonstration that with talent, inspiration and the will to exceed and exceed the limits, one can renew the progressive rock'n'roll.
Complete review (pdf) (French)

France- Progressive Waves - July 2007
(CD - Circus of Life)
.....an album that masterly flirts with the genious...one of the major exits of the year 2007 representing a sure value to join my great classic favorite repertory (9/10)
Complete review (French)

Mexico - Manticornio - June 2007
(CD - Circus of Life)
.....an album that his predecessor surpasses, integrating itself with actual force to the best exponents of the decade of the prog-symphonic one....a strong candidate for the 2007 ProgAwards (9/10)
Complete review (Spanish)

Denmark - Progplanet - June 2007
(CD - Circus of Life)
.....every single proghead will love this album.....a band that sounds great and plays an amazing kind of progressive music.....extremely powerful lead vocal/harmonies.....Kim Stenberg is one of the most gifted guitarists since Gilmour and Jeff Beck.....World class drummer Jan T Johannessen brings back memories of a lost decade.....Gilbert Marshall’s fat symphonic sounding keyboards- organ- piano are a dream come true for keyboard-freaks.....outstanding bass player Lars P Holstad (5/6)
Complete review (English)

Norway- Trønderavisa - June 2007
(CD - Circus of Life)
.....masters of pompousness, rhythm changes and polyphonic guitar solos..."Freakshow" reminds of Keith Emersons "keyboard war"i the 70's...."What if"'s beautiful guitarsolo is on David Gilmore level (4/6)
Complete review (Norwegian)

Sweden- RockProg - June 2007
(CD - Circus of Life)
.....Norwegian prog sensation Magic Pie's has succeeded again....a better album in every respect.....momorable heavy but melodic progressive rock.....Very highly recommended and a must have.
Complete review (English)

Norway- Monster Magazine - June 2007
(CD - Circus of Life)
.....an album which is superior to the previous CD.....excellent harmonized vocals and musical interaction (4/5)
Complete review (Norwegian)

Italy- Progressive Rock & Metal  - June 2007
(CD - Circus of Life)
.....The band of Moss, near Oslo offers an unexceptionable disc to us; the compositions, perfect vocal harmonies, the executive technique, the cure of the sound are perfect
Complete review (Italian)

Germany - Baby Blaue Zeiten - June 2007
(CD - Circus of Life)
.....one must hear it simply again and again - or parts of it - and one is astonished...the Progfan must simply listen reverently (10/15) (12/15 for concept)
Complete review (German)

Norway - Tarkus Magazine  - June 2007
(CD - Circus of Life)
.....one of the foremost progressive rockband in the country...not a single weak song on the entire album....most competent musicians and vocalists...strong melodies and a beautiful blend of musical styles
Complete review (PDF) (Norwegian)

Norway - Ectagon - June 2007
(CD - Circus of Life)
.....Magic Pie has done it again. Magic Pie has firmly established themselves as one of the great bands of contemporary Progressive Rock. Highly recommended! (5/5) Complete review (Norwegian)

Norway - Heavy Metal  - June 2007
(CD - Circus of Life)
.....Magic Pie has preserved the scent of intonation of which stunned the progressive world in 2005.....one hour of characteristic, exiting and immense progrock.....almost close to limit for what to expect for musical pleasure during this life (9/10)
Complete review (Norwegian)

USA - USA Progressive Music - June 2007
(CD - Circus of Life)
.....Magic Pie truly has some of the best vocal arrangements I’ve ever heard from a prog band.....70’s sounding riffs that probably wouldn’t be out of place on a Deep Purple album... This is a terrific album!
Complete review (English)

Canada & Various - Prog Archives - June 2007
(CD - Circus of Life)
.....their trademark is the blend of heavy progressive/prog metal and symphonic prog and the tension between the mellow and bombastic parts, very entertaining and often exciting!...Magic Pie has moved more towards an own direction.
Complete review (English) (4,5/5 of 16 ratings)

USA - Proggnosis - June 2007
(CD - Circus of Life)
.....It's progressive music all the way, with no lulls or filler, and is a variety of prog that can easily invite non-progressive rock fans based on the energy, musicianship and melodic hooks.
Complete review (English)

Canada & Various - Prog Archives - June 2007
(CD - Circus of Life)
.....symphonic glaze, bit of Art Rock, modern vibings and timings, short alternative nazel, plus a lot of cream-tasty composition and imagination, to hold on music made entirely of good sounds, perfect dynamics and the small, incipient, symbols. Fairly impressive and impressionable, the ensemble is on high grounds.
Complete review (English) (4/5)

Netherlands - Progwereld  - June 2007
(CD - Circus of Life)
........a certain positiv supplement to every prog music collection
Complete review (Dutch)

Norway -Trønder Avisa  - June 2007
(CD - Circus of Life)
.....the performace itself is 6/6 points...the synth reminds of Keith Emersons "keyboard war" in the 70's....the band is masters of pompous music, tempochanges and multiple guitarsolos.... (4/6)
Complete review (Norwegian)

France -Antihetik  - June 2007
(CD - Circus of Life)
.....An extremely pleasant album (7/10)
Complete review (French)

Norway -Moss Avis  - June 2007
(CD - Circus of Life)
.....a nice piece of craftmanship....will most probably raise Magic Pie to new levels within the progrock community (4/6)
Complete review (Norwegian)

Sweden - Sweden Rock Magazine - May 2007
(CD - Circus of Life)
.....the 70's and 00's at the same time.....wonderful melodies and riff constructuions leaving a big smile all over the face for all symf-lovers (8/10)
Complete review (Swedish)

Belgium - Music in Belgium - May 2007
(CD - Circus of Life)
.....exposing beautiful diversity by vocal and instrumental energy spanning from Flower Kings to Pink Floyd.....musical breaks from the delicacies of Spock'S Beard to the colors of Deep Purple. (4/5)
Complete review (Belgian)

Norway - Metal Express Radio - May 2007
(CD - Circus of Life)
.....the second serving of Magic Pie smells and tastes just as good as the first one. Bon apetit! (9/10)
Complete review (English)

Norway - Raumnes - May 2007
.....rock solid progressive rock
Complete review (Norwegian)

Wales - Caerllysi Music - May 2007
(CD - Circus of Life)
.....Circus of Life will definitely be in the running for Prog Album of 2007....This is Prog music at its very best.
Complete review (English)

Sweden - Artrock.se - May 2007
(CD - Circus of Life)
.....en tight och välproducerad platta som ger nöje från första stunden till många års lyssning. (8,5/10)
Complete review (Swedish)

Various - Melodic.net - May 2007
(CD - Circus of Life)
.....MAGIC PIE is a Norwegian band with qualities well above most other bands in the progressive music business. (4/5)
Complete review (English)

USA - Sea of Tranqulity  - May 2007
(CD - Circus of Life)
.....it's a good bet that Magic Pie are going to set the standard for prog rock albums from here on out.....one of the elite (5/5)
Complete review (English)

Belgium - Prog-Nose  - May 2007
(CD - Circus of Life)
.....Magic Pie brings the perfect mix between progressive rock, hard rock and melodic metal (9/10)
Complete review (English)

USA - Progressive World  - May 2007
(CD - Circus of Life)
.....For sure the Magic Pie star is rising fast so be sure you catch them as quick as you can! (5/5)
Complete review (English)

Belgium - John Bobo Bollenberg - On The Rocks - May 2007
(CD - Circus of Life)
.....quality shine through once again, even more mature and more to the point than their successful debut. (Album of the week.)
Complete review (English) Complete review (Belgian)

Switzerland - Proggies.ch - Das Schweizer Progressive Rock Portal  - May 2007
(CD - Circus of Life)
.....Und der diesjährige Prog-Award geht an .... Magic Pie.
Complete review (German)

Italy - Rock Impressions - May 2007
(CD - Circus of Life)
.....excellent prog in good part legacy to the great classics like Yes, Gentle Giant, King Crimson, Pink Floyd.....a classic of our days
Nominated for the 2007 Prog Awards Edition
Complete review (Italian) 

Denmark - Progplanet - May 2007
(CD - Circus of Life)
.....Tour the Force.....Magic Pie really are something to enjoy!!.....its superb prog/art, its music that you absolutely must hear!! (4/5)
Complete review (English) 

 

Other (Magazines, webshops, various)

USA - Progression Magazine - november 2007
(CD - Circus of Life)
"This is one of those rare albums that grabs you by the ears on first listen then improves with every playing. A stunningly eclectic song cycle, Circus of Life has so much going on that it's likely to appeal equally to fans of 70's melodic prog, British folkrock, ambient space music, fusion and symphonic rock.
The album, the second by this tight Norwegian sextet, comprises three epic pieces - the 46-minute, five-part title suite and two shorter tracks, "Pointless Masquerade" and "Watching the Waters". Each is packed with so many melodic hooks you can almost hum along with some passages on first listen. The
centerpiece, "Circus of Life", is a wildly diverse romp that melds Gentle Giant-ish chorale figures, flamenco guitar breaks, Brahmsian symphonic passages, heavy prog workouts and Beatles-esque harmonies. Unpredictable and endlessly creative, Magic Pie simoultaneously embraces the conventions of classic prog, while also expandning the genre's boundaries. Highest recommendation."
Rating: 16 out of 16

France - Highlands Magazine - August 2007
(CD - Circus of Life)
MAGIC PIE est une formation atypique dans le paysage progressif actuel, et l'ambition de son propos l'honore. Ce second opus confirme brillamment et hisse résolument le combo suédois dans la cour de grands. Très belle réussite.
(4/5)

Progbeauty.com - July 2007
(CD - Circus of Life)
Magic Pie grabs the listener with catchy melodies, pleasingly intricate harmonies (check out especially "Pointless Masquerade"!), and a precedence of tonality over unnecessary wizardry....Circus of Life is an excellent example of the successful integration of rock music with other forms both classically Western and ethnic. (4,5/5)


Independant musicnetwork - July 2007
(CD - Circus of Life)
...once again, the band does not disappoint. Both albums will definately appeal to fans of both old and new progressive sounds. It’s the musicianship of Magic Pie that really stands out and catches my attention. The talent of Eirik Hanssen, Gilbert Marshall, Kim Stenberg, Lars Petter Holstad, and Jan T. Johannessen should not be overlooked.

La Caja de Musica - June 2007
(CD - Circus of Life)
.....Por lo menos los seguidores de los primeros Spock’s Beard creo que no deben dejar escapar este trabajo por nada del mundo. Tras el discreto acontecimiento de su primer trabajo, esta vez sí creo que Magic Pie van a dar la campanada. (7,5/10)

MetalReveries.com - June 2007
(CD - Circus of Life)
I can not put my finger on any weak points about this album . Progressive rock with everything from mellow slow parts to fast headbanging riffs wich really stick in your head for ages.I have played this album every day since I got it , and I still am . If you still dont understand what Im trying to say : GO GET THE ALBUM NOW !

USA - Mindawn - June 2007
(CD - Circus of Life)
.....a fantastic album where they take their trademark - mixing old and new style prog a step further. Catchy melodic prog, stunning vocal harmonies, brilliant guitar playing and loads of Hammond organ, delivered in a great sounding production.

Sweden - Missing Piece - May 2007
(CD - Circus of Life)
.....this is simply the best progband around these days.....Another masterpiece delivered from The Pie!

USA - Kinesis - May 2007
(CD - Circus of Life)
.....they capture the spirit of earlier bands without copying the style of any of them, and their albums have a positive wibe that will restore the spirits of those whose hearts are in the 70's

Belgium - Rockreport - April 2007
(CD - Circus of Life) -
Second album from Norway progrockers Magic Pie, following the release of “Motions Of Desire” in 2005. “Circus Of Life” brings us more of the same: a mix of 70s and contemporary progressive rock. Highlight of the album is the title song, which consists of five parts. Mixing melodic songs with complex parts in the vein of The Flower Kings and Spock’s Beard is the trademark of this six piece, led by songwriters / producers Kim Stenberg (g, v) and Gilbert Marshall (k, lv). Nice one, lads! (CL) 

Poland - Metal Hammer - June 2007
(CD - Circus of Life)
Complete review (Polish)

Hungary -  Pazzio Rock Klub - May 2007
(CD - Circus of Life)
Complete review (Hungarian)

 


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