Ministry Of Magic
The Triwizard LP


3.5
great

Review

by Matt USER (4 Reviews)
November 24th, 2007 | 25 replies | 7,791 views


Release Date: 2007 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Ministry of Magic are a relatively new Wizard Rock band that are just one more reason to love Harry Potter.

It really is interesting to see how far Harry Potter has come in the last 10 years, starting out from just a children’s book to a seven book trilogy and so much more. There’s no denying how popular it’s become, and even now there are 5 films made with two more following up, a theme park being built in Universal Studios, and an array of different bands all singing about different Harry Potter themes. Most of you who are following this should know of the atrociously over-rated “Harry and the Potters”, a wizard rock band which are supposedly the showcase band of its genre. For all you out there who have heard Harry and the Potters and hated the I tell you there is still hope for this genre, and they are Ministry of Magic.

The Band:
(Jason Munday)
- Melodic/Harmonic Mastermind
- Guitar Hero

(Luke Conard)
- FL Studio Pro
- Charming Good Looks

(Aaron Nordyke)
- Vocals
- Lyrical Genius

In 2007 Ministry of Magic comes out of the cauldron and presents us with “The Triwizard LP”. What sets Ministry of Magic apart from the rest of the bands in this genre is that they can actually sing (for the most part). They use synthesizers and don’t use instruments except for an acoustic guitar in “Acendio” and “This Book is so Awesome”, which isn’t a bad thing because they are very catchy. They prove this right from the first track “The Hero”, a mixture of electronics and pop-rock vocals which I can only seem to compare to the back up vocalist of “Hollywood Undead”. It’s a great start for the album but it isn’t the best track. The next track “Accio Love” features one of the female vocalists from the wizard rock band “The Moaning Myrtles” who comprises mostly the main chorus in the song. Aaron is also heard in this song singing mostly the verses. It’s a very nerdy love song about Ron and Hermione and is one of the really soft ones on the album.

The band is unique in the sense that they use Techno, Rap elements, R&B elements, and rock. The rap and r&b elements can be found on “Marauder’s Map” and “Page 784”. Marauder’s Map is a rap about the magical map, which showcases some of the lamest/coolest lyrics on the album which anyone who follows the movies or books would fins humorous. Page 784 is the final track and it’s a dud. While the concept of snapping in the background and the calming vocals overtop of the other band members humming in harmony is cool, it just falls short and doesn’t leave a memorable impression.

The techno comes into play on the songs “Snape Vs. Snape” and “Escape from Azkaban”. Snape Vs. Snape is a very well produced song and is probably the best on the Triwizard LP. It’s the only other that features a female vocalist from another wizard rock band called “The Parselmouth’s”. The vocals sound more crisp and clear here than any other song on the album. Both the female vocalist and Aaron sing parts of the verses and harmonize together in the main chorus. Escape from Azkaban has a much darker and more dramatic feel to it than any other song on the album. About mid-way through the song screams can be heard in the background with humming overtop of it. It’s the most electronic song here and probably second best.

As for the other songs on this LP, well both “Meet me on Diagon Alley” and “I Heart Weasley’s” aren’t that great just because of the production in the vocals, especially the main chorus of I Heart Weasley’s. “The Villian” and “Masterpiece Theatre” are just two tracks with spoken dialogue and music in the background. They aren’t something that you would really want to listen to after hearing it once. “This Book is so Awesome”, a cover of “Harry and the potters”, is similar in lyrics and music. However, Ministry of Magic’s version is actually good (mostly due to the vocals).

In conclusion I believe that Ministry of Magic is a band that will receive no credit or hype just because they’re a wizard rock band. However, this band is truly something to look into. They combine many elements to produce great music and Aaron’s vocals sound great throughout the majority of the album. There are of course some real downers here as well, such as the production of vocals in a few tracks and when Jason Munday sings which is truly horrid from time to time. Taking everything into consideration though I would still have to give them a great rating and look forward to hearing more from Ministry of Magic.

Recommended Tracks
-Snape Vs. Snape
-Escape from Azkaban
-Marauder’s Map


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BallsToTheWall
November 24th 2007



44164 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Amazing, thats all I can say. Going to scoop this up right away. Harry Potter pop rock techno band, thats genius. Great review.This Message Edited On 11.24.07

Electric City
Staff Reviewer
November 24th 2007



15727 Comments


This looks like something that makes me want to take a club to my head.

Digging: Alvvays - Alvvays

SynGates
November 24th 2007



2467 Comments


yeah, thats exactly how I feel

Squamish
November 24th 2007



84 Comments


Seven book trilogy?

Good review, otherwise.

Confessed2005
November 24th 2007



3314 Comments


Wow. Gay.

All I can say really.

BallsToTheWall
November 24th 2007



44164 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Whatever, I think this is cool as shit. Listening off myspace, pretty catchy, and I want that voldemorted t shirt.

xmattxhardcore
November 24th 2007



422 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I think it's pretty damn sweet. I guess you have to like Harry Potter though, otherwise the lyrics may drive you insane.

xmattxhardcore
November 24th 2007



422 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

How do you bold things by the way?

DFelon204409
Emeritus
November 24th 2007



3995 Comments


I listened to the tracks and they all suck but the gimmick will get people to listen obviously.

plane
Staff Reviewer
November 24th 2007



6085 Comments


The same with every Harry Potter based band.

xmattxhardcore
November 24th 2007



422 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I completely disagree. I've heard many wizard rock bands and they pretty much all suck except for this one, in my opinion. Was the review ok though? This Message Edited On 11.24.07

DFelon204409
Emeritus
November 24th 2007



3995 Comments


Harry and the Potters are actually pretty good. These guys are just bad.

Iluvatar
Staff Reviewer
November 24th 2007



16081 Comments


Harry and the Potters are lol.
I don't see why people like seek this stuff out really.

BallsToTheWall
November 24th 2007



44164 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Harry and the Potters are pretty sick stuff.

So are Draco and the Malfoys.This Message Edited On 11.24.07

xmattxhardcore
November 24th 2007



422 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Draco and the Malfoys are pretty funny. "My dad is rich and your dad is dead".

DFelon204409
Emeritus
November 24th 2007



3995 Comments


Hey if you guys like these bands, check out the Wizard Rock band that started it all: DRACULACORE.

xmattxhardcore
November 24th 2007



422 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Really? I thought it was Harry and the Potters to be honest

DFelon204409
Emeritus
November 24th 2007



3995 Comments


No DRACULACORE released their early wizard rock tracks in summer of 2004 and Harry and the Potters started in September of the same year.

Iluvatar
Staff Reviewer
November 24th 2007



16081 Comments


Yeah dude DRACULACORE was the mos bangin snape tribute band ever.

xmattxhardcore
November 24th 2007



422 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I'll have to check em out later. I've heard a lot, but never DRACULACORE



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