CD REVIEW Grand Magus

Band: Grand Magus
Album title: The Hunt
Label: Nuclear Blast
Distributor: PIAS
Release date: 25/05/2012
Release: CD

Grand Magus was formed by former Cardinal Fang vocalist JB Christofferson and bassist Fox. They soon teamed up with drummer Fredrik "Trisse" Liefvendahl and recorded a three track demo. This recording led to an appearance on the Waterdragon Records compilation, Greatest Hits Vol. 1 (2000). After this compilation they put out a split record.

This split record was followed closely by their debut album, Grand Magus (2001), on Rise Above Records. Two more albums would follow. Monument (2003) and Wolf's Return (2005), both on Rise Above. In 2006 Trisse left the band and Sebastian "SEB" Sippola was recruited on drums. The band released their fourth album, Iron Will, on June 9, 2008 on Rise Above. On December 2009 Roadrunner Records announced they are releasing Grand Magus fifth album called Hammer of the North in summer of 2010.

2012 brought us a new chapter in their music careers with the release of The Hunt. This record gives me mixed feelings. It certainly isn't bad music. It’s well produced, sounds good and is fun to listen to. But that’s where it ends, it’s more of an easy listening music record than something you look forward to to putting in your stereo or select on your ipod or whatever. It lacks a bit of power to really make that impression that makes you want to get up and go to one of their shows.