Monday, August 26, 2013

Promo: Magistina Saga

[from left to right] Iori (vocals), Kyo (bass) and Urugi (guitar)

Band: Magistina Saga
Members: Iori, Kyo, Urugi
Genre: Jrock
Country: Japan
Years Active: 2008 -
Status: Active
Notable traits: Female vocalist
Recommended Songs: Princess False; Persona; 追憶ノ音 (tsuioku no oto); 雪解けの記憶 (yukidoke no kioku); After artifice; End Room; Double Face

Magistina Saga formed in November 2008 under the name Guild. The band held quite a few lives throughout 2009 and released a single [Dark side of the Moon] as a live only release. More lives followed until mid-2010. Their name was changed to Magistina Saga in June of that year. The band continued activities under the new name with more lives. 2011 saw the release of their first mini album [ギルド]. A maxi single called [Each Prayer]followed in January of 2012. Magistina Saga was signed to Starwave Records in August 2012 with their second mini album [The tone of temptation] following in November. 2013 seems full of promise for the band with the release of their 3rd mini album, [Two-facedness of a tale], on August 7th.
It's usually hard for me to find bands with female vocalists that I actually enjoy. Too often in the rock world, those women are trying too hard to sound like their male counterparts. Magistina Saga is a breath of fresh air in that respect. Iori sounds very much like the woman she is. These aren't cutesy vocals or growling attempts to be masculine. Her soft, feminine vocals are complimented by the band's classically inspired gothic sound. It's in this combination that I was drawn to this trio of musicians. I'm looking forward to seeing more from them in the future.

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