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YMMV / Mägo de Oz

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  • Acceptable Targets:
    • The Catholic Church is their usual whipping boy. Also Spanish conservatives and right-wingers.
    • The band itself among the Spanish metal community, to the point it is sometimes joked that you cannot really call yourself a metalhead or talk about Celtic metal in Spain without hating Mägo de Oz (or at the very least current Mägo de Oz). As an example, in 2018 Spanish music website Rafabasa hosted a contest where people would try to find out the author(s) of a still unreleased, minute-long song piece. People praised the fragment and speculated with Marilyn Manson, Cradle of Filth, Lamb of God, Amon Amarth... until it was shockingly revealed it belonged to Mägo, specifically its up and coming disc Ira Dei. The reactions then suddenly changed to vociferous fans calling the piece unoriginal and shoddy, as well as typically accusing Mägo of having lost their style.
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  • And You Thought It Would Fail: While Txus is often criticized for being a bad drummer, his role in Bürdel King proved, against the expectations of many, that he is a surprisingly good singer, to the extent of being able to carry the weight of a band over his shoulders in that field.
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  • Broken Base:
    • The band's most famous song ever, and seemingly the only Mägo song the average non-fan can cite, is "Fiesta Pagana" from Finisterra. However, while there is an agreement among fans that the song is good, how good it is in reality, and whether it actually embodies the spirit and style of Mägo to deserve to be their best known song, are another thing. (This is even more complicated, because there used to be a time in which "La Costa del Silencio" from Gaia seemed to be in the road of taking the place of "Fiesta Pagana" - which brings its own debate about whether it is a better representation of the band's style or not.)
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    • While more or less everybody agrees that Zeta is a good vocalist in his own right, whether he is or not in José's league is a debate capable of sending shockwaves around the world. The only unanimous points are that they have very different voices (and thus they are not entirely comparable) and that Zeta is a better live singer, at least compared to José's last years, while José is a better live showman, similarly compared to the initial Zeta.
    • Finisterra Opera Rock, a version of Finisterra redone by Zeta and many guest artists, received a mixed reception by everybody, but for very different reasons. Detractors of Zeta argued that his voice was unfit for the album's style and that it was a sign of disrespect to José to redo the song; defenders opined that the real problem is that the guest artists didn't team up well with Zeta and that he should have sung the album all by himself.
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    • While many people think Ilussia was a letdown (or at least a Tough Act to Follow), exactly how good or bad is it is a more complicated matter. Similarly, another popular opinion is that there are both very good songs and very bad songs in the disc, but which are which is hard to call unanimously. Reviews are often completely opposing to each other in this.
  • Critic-Proof:
    • Gaia III received complaints by fans and critics due to its divergent, somewhat weird change in style, but it still won a Gold Disc, just like every successful album of Mägo.
    • Hechizos, Pócimas y Brujería is not as well remembered as other classics (among other things, because it lacks an overarching Rock Opera story like most Mägo albums), but it won another Gold Disc and proved that Zeta was an awesome singer in his own style.
  • Dork Age: For many people, the band is in this kind of age since José left. This opinion was actually solidified with Ilussia, however, as while few people had bad things to say about Hechizos, Pócimas y Brujería, the former failed to take off.
  • Epic Riff: Many, obviously.
  • Fandom Rivalry: With José Andrëa y Uróboros, although there are still plenty of people who follows both groups.
  • Germans Love David Hasselhoff: Latin Americans love Mägo de Oz, among other reasons due to the critic treatment of the Spanish conquest of America the band did in their songs. With the band having now almost completely lost its place in Spain, Latin America is its stronghold.
  • Growing the Beard: There is no consensus, but La leyenda de la Mancha and especially Gaia are considered Mägo's earliest high points (if not its highest points, period).
  • Mis-blamed:
    • Just hours after Mägo released the song "Revolución", Spanish fans panned it for being too pop-rock style. Apparently, none of those paid attention on the label that explained that the song was a cover of a pop-rock band (specifically, the one Mägo's vocalist Patricia Tapia leads, KHY).
    • A similar case happened with the release of the Ira Dei single "La Cantiga de las Brujas", as many people disliked the song's lyrics (most of them liked the melody, though) and used it to predict the rest of the album would be of similar quality. Actually, the song was a collaboration between Txus and Diego Palacio (former flute player for Mägo, currently leader of the band Celtian), the latter of which has little experience as a lyricist, yet was who wrote the lyircs of the song. You can still fault Txus for allowing him to do so, however.
  • Never Live It Down: In 2007, Chilean singer Fernando Ubierco denunciated Mägo de Oz of plagiarism. The band argued it was actually a typo (they listed a version song as written by Txus when it was written by Ubierco), although they had to concede. The incident could have been just that, but it made explode all kinds of accusations of plagiarism by music fans towards every other Mägo work, to the extent there are entire forums of people pointing out supposed similarities (some plausibly qualifying as inspirations, but others being really farfetched) between their songs and other well known works.
  • Replacement Scrappy: There are people who simply will not accept Zeta as the band's vocalist.
  • The Scrappy: Surprisingly enough, the band's leader himself, Txus di Fellatio. Even his own personal fans admit he is an awful PR figure for the band (he's typically very thin-skinned and irritable in interviews, has made several controversial claims through the group's history, and easily comes across as egotistical and pedantic) and a technically bad drummer (his greatest talent has always been considered to be his songwriting skills, not his own ability as a musician - though he has proved to be a significantly good singer too). His indecisive enmity with José Andrëa after the latter's departure only increased Txus's unpopularity, as José had always been a fan favourite and one of the most personable members of the band.
  • Tainted by the Preview: From Ilussia onwards, there's the popular perception that the members of Mägo have become bad at the task of choosing which themes will be released as singles. Ira Dei was a great example because its two singles, "La Cantiga de las Brujas" and "Te traeré el hoizonte", are considered by some the two weakest songs in an album full of excellent themes.
  • They Changed It, Now It Sucks!: Just everything the band does after José's departure is often automatically labelled as a loss of their signature style and a failed experiment.
  • Vindicated by History: La Ciudad de los Árboles. At its time, the popular opinion had it as one of the band's worst albums, but José's departure made many people reevaluate it in a better light (rather cynically at it, but still).
  • Win Back the Crowd: The Spanish metal scene declared after José left that Mägo was dead and would never be good to listen to again. Then it came Hechizos, pócimas y brujería, which was highly praised by critics, broke selling records (including a Gold Disc) and established Zeta's place in the band. Even the most bitter detractors concede that the album fits exactly Zeta's style and that at least its title song is a solid classic in the band's history.

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