Music / Mägo de Oz
Mägo de Oz is a Spanish Folk Metal
band formed in 1988. It is well known for the strong Celtic feel to their music strengthened through their consistent usage of a violinist and flautist. The name for the band was chosen, according to founding member Txus, because "life is a yellow brick road, on which we walk in the company of others searching for our dreams." But don't be afraid, because their music is often much (and we say much) less cheesy.
They are known for their anti-Catholicism, love for Satanist and Pagan lore, irreverence for politic matters, and a great liking for self-parody.
- 1994 - Mägo de Oz
- 1996 - Jesús de Chamberí
- 1998 - La leyenda de la Mancha
- 2000 - Finisterra
- 2003 - Gaia
- 2004 - Belfast
- 2005 - Gaia II: La voz dormida
- 2007 - La ciudad de los árboles
- 2010 - Gaia III: Atlantia
- 2010 - Gaia: Epílogo
- 2012 - Hechizos, pócimas y brujería
- 2014 - Ilussia
- Txus di Fellatio - drums, percussion, chorus (1988-present)
- Zeta - lead vocals, chorus (2012-present)
- Carlitos - lead guitar (1992-present)
- Frank - rhythm guitar, acoustic guitar (1996-present)
- Mohamed - violin (1992-present)
- Fernando Mainer - bass (2012-present)
- Josema - transverse flute, bagpipes, pito castellano, whistle, bodhran (2010-present)
- Javi Díez - keyboards, accordion, guitar (2012-present)
- Patricia Tapia - vocals, chorus (2007-present)
Former Members (main ones):
- Juanma - lead vocals, chorus (1988-1996)
- José Andrëa - lead vocals, chorus (1996-2011)
- Kiskilla - keyboards, piano (1996-2011)
- Peri - bass (unclear-2011)
Mägo de Oz and their music provide examples of:
- Bragging Theme Tune: H2OZ itself.
- Circus of Fear: Ilussia.
- Evil Laugh: Very often in their most devilish songs.
- Deal with the Devil: Every album contains at least one song about a deal with the devil ("devil" here can take several forms) or about the devil trying to entice the listener into doing a deal with him. The most famous ones are Astaroth, Diabulus in Musica, El violín del diablo, Satanael and Cadaveria.
- Gaia's Revenge: They even have a song named that way.
- Heävy Mëtal Ümlaut: At the first a, of course.
- Metal Scream: They were José Andrëa's (and less Zeta's) signature. The song Gaia in special features a spine-chilling metal screaming version of a Big "NO!".
- Ominous Latin Chanting: Dies Irae, though it is unclear if it pretends to be fake Latin babble or the message it gives ("Dies Irae Malleus Malleficarum Est!") is literally what it means.
- Surprisingly Gentle Song: Also roughly one per album. Love & Oz was a recopilatory of these.
- Villain Song: Ángel Caído and Astaroth, among many others.