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Magica Biography

Last updated: 08/06/2004 10:47:24 PM

Magica started in February 2002 as the solo project of Bogdan 'Bat' Costea, guitarist (at that time) of Interitus Dei. The reason for starting this band was Bat's desire to play the music that he likes: heavy metal & melodic rock.

The 1st line-up consisted of: Ana Mladinovici - vocals (also a member at that time of Interitus Dei), Bogdan 'Bat' Costea - guitar, and Valentin 'IngerAlb' Zechiu - bass guitar (ex Web, and also the man behind the projects Inger de Fier & Telurica).

The recordings for the 1st album started in spring 2002. After 2 months of intense work, the material was ready! 12 power melodic heavy metal songs, in the vein of Rhapsody, Nightwish, and Helloween, which show the high potential of the band. The album, entitled "The Scroll Of Stone", tells the story of princess Alma - tricked by a demon, she looses her soul, and so her quest begins...she has to find the scroll of stone, the only thing powerful enough to break the demon's spell.

A new member joins Magica in summer 2002: Adrian Mihai - drums, followed by Viorel Raileanu in autumn, who took over the keyboards. After a few months of practice, Viorel decides to leave the band, because his job as took all his time and soon parts Adrian Mihai, who moved to Bucharest, replaced in spring 2003 by Cristi Barla.

In spite of the fact that Magica has never performed live,untill 2003, it was designated by the readers of Heavy Metal Magazine as the "Best Newcomer" of 2002; "The Scroll of Stone" entered the "Best Romanian Album 2002" Top 10 of Bestial Metal! magazine at number 7. Also, one of our songs ("Mountains of Ice") was included on Maximum Rock #1 cd that supports the 1st Issue of Maximum Rock Magazine.

In July 2003, Ana, Bat, and Cristi have decided to quit Interitus Dei, in order to dedicate themselves 100% to Magica and wellcomed 6 fingers as the keyboard player.
September 2003 brings a license contract with Divenia Music from Mexico.

Currently Magica is working at the second album wich will be called