Maegi – “Skies Fall”

Maegi – “Skies Fall” (Kardanadam Media / Distributed by Cyclone Empire)

Maegi is the modern prog metal project of Turkish vocalist Oganalp Canatan (Dreamtone, Dreamtone & Iris Mavraki’s Neverland), who incidentally wrote, engineered and produced “Skies Fall”. The album itself is based on a concept of planetary invasion, as inspired by War Of The Worlds and especially Canatan’s favourite – Battlestar Galactica – although the aliens in this case are the victors, hence the apocalyptic titles of songs like ‘Take No Prisoners’, ‘Those We Have Left Behind’ and ‘Demise Of Hopes’. Thankfully the music itself is far more optimistic, in the main being uplifting mid tempo modern prog metal skillfully played by the cast of Turkish musicians Canatan has assembled. Their style is surprisingly Western although that may have been intentional given the guest vocals from Grave Digger’s Chris Boltendahl to Tim “Ripper” Owens (Judas Priest, Iced Earth, Yngwie Malmsteen, Dio Disciples), Zak Stevens (Savatage, Trans Siberian Orchestra, Circle II Circle) and Jerry Outlaw (Jon Oliva’s Pain). Together they produce soaring epic vocals, heaps of layered melodies, techno soloing with a tight poignant rhythm and percussion sure to inspire mankind’s fight back!

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