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Mago de Oz: See what the most iconic songs of all time are

Mägo de Oz is a band founded on July 7, 1988 by the drummer Txus di Fellatio. They were characterized by their heterogeneous and peculiar musical proposal of mixing genres such as Heavy Metal, Power Metal, Folk Metal, Celtic Metal, Hard Rock among others. However, the Celtic music has been the one that predominates in the sound of the band until the present time.

Established as one of the most recognized groups of Spanish heavy metal, jumped to success in 1998 with the album La leyenda de La Mancha, reaching the charts of musical success in Spain with songs like “Molinos de viento” or later, and with his album Finisterra, “Fiesta pagana”. The fame of the group and its success, both in the press and in the mainstream media nationally and internationally, especially in Latin America, became even greater after the publication of the album Gaia in 2003, being the first work of a conceptual trilogy completed with the records Gaia II: La voz dormida in 2005 and Gaia III: Atlantia in 2010, of equal or greater success.

They emphasized the scenography of their concerts, that incorporates from pirate ships to medieval cathedrals, pyrotechnics and several put in scene unpublished in the Spanish panorama, as well as the ample lyrical thematic of their compositions, that varies in bottom, is romantic, historical, fantastic or of political and social critic, often handling conceptual histories.

From 1996 (Jesús de Chamberí) to 2010 (Gaia III: Atlantia) is considered the golden age of Mägo de Oz, being 2005 and 2006 (Gaia II: La Voz Dormida) the highest point of fame and recognition of its history.

In 2008, they were awarded the diamond disc for exceeding one million copies sold of all their recordings in Spain alone. It is estimated that they will have sold more than two million records between Spain and Latin America by 2013.

Throughout his career, Mägo de Oz has undergone numerous changes of members, with Txus di Fellatio being the only original member who continues in the band.

Sound and influences

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Heavy metal

Iron Maiden, Deep Purple, Helloween and Rainbow, four classic bands of Hard Rock and Heavy, can be said to have exerted a greater weight in the formation of the musical world of Mägo de Oz in its heaviest and most powerful aspect. Rainbow has been a band versioned several times by the band, as it has happened with “Gates Of Babylon” or “Rainbow Eyes”. As for Deep Purple, Txus stated:

“Mohamed has the most bluesy and psychedelic Led Zeppelin, but I’ve always liked Deep Purple better in hard rock. I think that the influence of Deep in heavy metal was much more important, even by the saga of musicians who went through the band and the groups that were formed as a result of their separation: Whitesnake, Ian Gillan solo, Rainbow … “.

Txus di Fellatio, in issue 109 of Heavy/Rock Especial magazine; by Mariano Muniesa (2010) p. 26color

Iron Maiden and Helloween have been for Mägo de Oz such an important influence on the music (Txus songs and albums have been dedicated to them) and above all on their idea of a group and their concept of a show:

“Los Maiden have always been a vital reference for me in heavy metal. In addition to having always been faithful to a way of being, of never abandoning heavy metal even when at the beginning of the 90s it was at its worst, they have known how to create a character, Eddie, who is already an icon in the history of rock, an image of their own, an aesthetic of their own, a world of their own that goes from Gaboni’s covers to the stages we set up, always with that personal style that Iron Maiden gives to everything they do”.

Txus di Fellatio, in issue 109 of Heavy/Rock Especial magazine; by Mariano Muniesa (2010) page 26color

Folk music

From the beginning of the band, the folk influence was in Mägo de Oz, especially when Mohamed joined the group as a violinist (his was the idea of recording a version of “Gerdundula” from Status Quo), although with the entry of Fernando Ponce de León as a flutist and wind instrument player, this tendency was partially reinforced, since his entry into the group favored the use of many more instruments typical of folk as can be seen by listening to a song like “El Atrapasueños” from the album “Gaia”. In any case, names like Luar Na Lubre, Carlos Núñez, The Chieftains, Milladoiro or Gwendal have appeared in several interviews that the group has granted talking about folk rock. Precedents of the sound Mägo by the mixture of electric guitars with instruments little orthodox for the rock, and although none of them wakes up special enthusiasm in Txus, they are the Spanish Ñu (band) and Labanda (of this last group comes the ex-flutist Fernando Ponce de León, the ex-tecladist Sergio Cisneros “Kiskilla”) and the British Jethro Tull (of whose song “Kelpie” they realized a cover adapted to the Spanish in his disc Finisterra).

History

Foundation (1988)

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Txus di Fellatio in 2008.

Although Txus di Fellatio was educated from a very early age to appreciate all kinds of music, and was especially attracted to heavy metal and Celtic music, he had dedicated himself to his passion for soccer, and had been playing for Real Madrid since 1980. However, it would be at the end of 1988 when he decided to alternate his career as a footballer with music and, in the company of Juanma, Pedro † and David, they formed Mägo de Oz, which at the time the name chosen for the band would be Transilvannia666, being a way of honoring their idols, the English Iron Maiden. In fact, going to see this British group at the Doningto festival, Txus met Oscar Sancho (Lujuria).

Very soon they changed the name to the definitive Mägo de Oz. According to Txus himself:

“I chose this name because, as in the film, life is a yellow brick road, where we walk in the company of others looking for our dreams”.

Conversations with Mägo de Oz: On the Yellow Brick Road (in the Land of Oz), Fernando Galicia Poblet (2003)

And so the first formation of the band is with Juanma on vocals and rhythmic guitar, Pedro on lead guitar, David on bass, and Txus on drums and composition. From this time and until today, Txus is who composes the immense majority of the songs.

José Andrëa and his arrival to Mago de Oz

José Mario Martínez Arroyo (La Paz, Bolivia, January 26, 1971), better known as José Andrëa (adding the name “Andrea” for his first daughter) is a Bolivian-Spanish singer known for his work with the folk metal group Mägo de Oz. Currently he is the vocalist and leader of the band José Andrëa y Uróboros.

He was born in La Paz, Bolivia, but he grew up in Madrid, in the neighborhood of Hortaleza, considering himself a Madrid native by adoption. He started playing drums in a school group at the age of 14. After the singer of the group changed schools, José replaced him waiting to find a replacement. It is at this time that he gradually begins to glimpse his vocal abilities and begins to take music lessons. Such was his talent that both his mother and a music teacher insisted that he take singing lessons and later go to the conservatory.

In 1995 he entered Mägo de Oz as an official vocalist. Sixteen years later, on October 24, 2011, Mägo de Oz announced in a statement on its official website that José Andrëa was leaving the band, the tour in America and Spain being his last acts with the Spanish band.

Biography

He spent years teaching singing and choir. It was in 1994, when one of the members of Mägo de Oz, Txus (drummer, leader and writer of the group), went to the academy where he was teaching, looking for a vocalist for his group. Txus, together with what was already Mägo de Oz, had performed one night before as the opening act for the mythical Ñu, and, by chance, José had seen them. The drummer asked José about a student from his academy who was ahead in singing, and who “liked” Mägo’s stuff so that he would take on the position of vocalist for Mägo de Oz, to which the professor offered himself for the position.

Career

After working as a singer in several formations of the Madrid heavy metal scene, including Easy Rider, arrived in 1996, José Andrëa became the new official singer of the Spanish rock group Mägo de Oz.

Several nominations and awards for “Best Male Singer” have given him fame, including the MariskalRock Rockferendum where he won from 2005 to 2008, and was second in the years 2009, 2010 and 2011.

In 2004, under the production of Txus, Jose released his first solo album called Donde el corazón te lleve. The album is composed of ballads from the best groups like Deep Purple or Barón Rojo, the lyrics are adapted into Spanish by Txus.

On October 24, 2011 Jose Andrëa communicates through the official website of the group his separation from Mägo de Oz, to devote exclusively to his solo career, outside the group.

For beginnings of 2012 he embarks on what will be his new band: José Andrëa y Uróboros. Where he leaves aside the style to which he has dedicated himself during almost 16 years in Mägo de Oz and gives a total focus to a rock n’ roll with blues. The band is currently active and has already released three albums: Uróboros (2012), Resurrección (2015) and Bienvenidos Al Medievo (2019).

In recent years with Mägo de Oz, due to intense touring, age, and other environmental factors, Jose’s voice had slightly darkened and the high-pitched tones had lost their characteristic brilliance in favor of other nuances, such as a more heartbreaking and full-bodied voice.

The singer of Mägo de Oz announces his departure from the group in 2011

The singer of Mägo de Oz, José Andrea, will leave the group after sixteen years when the concerts that the band plans to offer in Latin America and several Spanish cities until the end of the year are over.

“José Andrea and Mägo de Oz, by mutual agreement and in a friendly way, we have decided to break our artistic relationship and end a stage”

“Both José Andrea and the rest of the band have thought that he deserves to say goodbye to you in the best way he knows how: by giving us his voice in these last concerts”, explains Mägo de Oz in the message to his fans.

The singer thanks the “incredible samples of affection and love” received from the fans, to whom he has asked: “Let me give you back the infinitesimal part of that love in this my last tour with these bastards?

Mägo de Oz was recently forced to suspend several concerts due to problems with José Andrea’s voice, although he announced that he would maintain the planned performances in America and set new dates for Madrid, Barcelona and Bilbao.

The entrance of Zeta

Javier Domínguez Gregorio (August 31, 1973), better known under the pseudonym Zeta, is a Spanish singer, musician and music teacher best known for being the current vocalist of the group Mägo de Oz, and previously of the dissolved group Al Otro Lado. Javier also has a great taste for video games and has collaborated with Nintendo Acción and Hobby Consolas.

Although a fragment of the song “El séptimo sello” was released on November 26th 2018 through the RafaBasa97 website, it was not until January 3rd that the first official preview of Ira Dei was released, which ended up being “La cantiga de las brujas” (The Witches’ Song) by decision of the group after the support of their fans in an audition of possible singles held on September 28th 2018. On the same RafaBasa website, on January 24th, the cover of Ira Dei was released, generating general controversy due to the appearance of the pornographic actress Apolonia Lapiedra being crucified, who also served as a model in the video clips and conceptual history of the album. Other fragments of Ira Dei were published in different interviews with RafaBasa until March 7, 2019, when the group released the video clip of “Te traé el horizonte”, four hours before the album’s release.

Ira Dei was a success in sales in Mexico and Spain.

During the tour of the last album, on February 13, 2020, it was announced that Carlitos and Frank would no longer be part of the official formation of Mägo de Oz. The band avoided referring to or explaining the details that led to the departure of both guitarists from the group. It was only a statement in social networks the official explanation of their departure.

Hours after the announcement, the website Mariskal Rock would publish an interview with José Andrëa, where the former singer of the group, clarified that the break between the guitarists and Txus Di Fellatio was due to a long dispute over the authorship of the name of the group:

“I saw it coming, it’s because of the name, that Txus kept it when they left for Mexico. The others litigated with him and, obviously, have lost their case. […] They have been litigating for about six months. El Moha turned up in profile, as usual, but Carlitos and Frank tried to say “Tio, you’ve registered the name here on the sly.

José Andrëa for Mariskal Rock, 2020

It was due to the abrupt departure of the guitarists that the concerts that were planned to take place had to be postponed.

Days later, on February 18, 2020, they release the official video clip of the song “Tu Funeral” to announce and present Victor de Andres (Ex-Zenobia) as the new second guitarist of the band. 107

MAGO DE OZ: All your records sorted from worst to best

Formed in 1988 in Madrid by drummer Txus Di Fellatio, MAGO DE OZ is considered, thanks to its original mix of metal and Celtic music, as one of the most important and influential groups in the country’s rock scene.

With fourteen studio albums and five live ones, the Madrid band is known worldwide for songs such as “Fiesta Pagana”, “Molinos de Viento” or “Hasta que el cuerpo aguante”.

Although with their first two albums the group became known within the province of Madrid and part of the country, it was not until it saw the light “Molinos de Viento” in 1998 when MAGO DE OZ reached the top of the charts, sounding on the dials of the main radios in the country.

Their commercial success in Latin America, where the band is today one of the most important, came with “Gaia”, their fifth album and the first of a conceptual trilogy.

After many changes in the formation, MAGO DE OZ continues being one of the most important and long-lived heavy metal bands in Spanish with more than 2 million albums sold between Spain and Latin America.

To celebrate the more than 3 decades of history of the band, we have classified all their studio albums from worst to best:

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13. The City of Trees (2007)

In December 2007, MAGO DE OZ released “La ciudad de los árboles”, their seventh studio album. In this conceptual work, the Madrid group moved away from the complexities of their previous releases with more direct and concise themes. Their two singles “Y ahora voy a salir (Ranxeira)” and “Deja de llorar (vuelvete a levantar)” stand out among the rest of the songs. Although the album reached the first position in sales in Spain, this is considered the most “soft” and less “heavy” album of the band.

12. Belfast (2004)

After the success of “Gaia”, MAGO DE OZ returned to the studio to record “Belfast” under the supervision of producer Sergio Marcos. “Belfast” is an album of versions of classic rock and heavy metal groups like ASFALTO or RATA BLANCA. The formation itself confessed that making this album was “a break where we play to be Elvis, Whitesnake, Deep Purple …”.

11. Gaia III: Atlantia (2010)

After touring around the state reminiscing about his first albums, MAGO DE OZ released in April 2010 the third part of the Gaia trilogy: “Gaia III: Atlantia”. In spite of the effort of the group in having the collaborations of artists like Kutxi Romero (MAREA), Carlos Escobedo (SOBER), Tete Novoa (SARATOGA) and Leo Jiménez, the songs did not manage to get among their fans.

10. Ilussia (2014)

In October 2014 “Ilussia” was released, a concept album that told the story of two brothers who meet a clown in the middle of a forest, which invites them to their circus, the Circo Ilussia. A DVD with a short film was included with the CD.

9. Gaia: Epilogue (2010)

At the end of 2010 the band released “Gaia: Epilogue”, a study work composed of 10 songs that did not enter the “Gaia” trilogy for different reasons. In 2011 the band included this album in a compilation that included all the albums of “Gaia”.

8. Ira Dei (2019)

After a year of delay, MAGO DE OZ returned in March 2019 with “Ira Dei”, a double album composed of 19 songs and which was intended to be the continuation of “Jesús de Chamberí”. Cuts like “Te traé el horizonte” and “La cantiga de las brujas” stand out in a work in which its cover, starring the porn actress Apolonia Lapiedra, gave a lot of talk.

7. Mägo de Oz (1994)

On October 1, 1994, and after publishing 4 models, MAGO DE OZ made his debut with his homonymous album. This first album created the basis for the works that would come later, although it is true that sounds like jazz, blues and country were practically left aside in the following years.

6. Spells, potions and witchcraft (2012)

The ninth study work “Spells, Potions and Witchcraft” saw the light in November 2012. After the departure of the band of the vocalist José Andrëa, Zeta was released with this work that got some media coverage thanks to songs like “Xanandra” and “H2Oz”.

5. Gaia II: The sleeping voice (2005)

Shortly after breaking off relations with his record label Locomotive Music, MAGO DE OZ released in November 2005 through DRO the second part of his trilogy “Gaia II: The Sleeping Voice”. The album, more daring than her previous ones, charges hard against the Catholic Church and counts with the collaborations of WARCRY’s vocalist, Victor Garcia and Leo Jimenez.

4. Jesus de Chamberí (1996)

The second work of the group “Jesús de Chamberí” was launched on October 3rd 1996 through Locomotive Music. A work that stands out for being the first of many with the vocalist José Andrëa and with the classical formation composed also by Carlitos, Frank, Salva, Mohamed and Txus. This record marked the hardest and most mature sound of the group, a sound that popularized the band and was the seed for their next works.

3. Gaia (2003)

In 2003 MAGO DE OZ begins his “Gaia” trilogy with this album. A work that has a more mature sound where the sounds of violins, flutes and keyboards abound, leaving guitars in the background. Thanks to more commercial songs like “La costa del silencio” and “La rosa de los vientos”, the group reached an important success in the most important radio stations of the country, reaching the number 1 in the 40 Principales and performing for the first time in the Plaza de Toros de Las Ventas in Madrid.

2. The legend of La Mancha (1998)

Inspired by Cervantes’ iconic novel, “Don Quixote de la Mancha”, MAGO DE OZ launched his third work “La leyenda de la mancha” in 1998. This work marked the first step towards global success. The classic “Molinos de Viento” (Windmills) became almost instantly a hit that sounded on every radio dial and in every event.

1. Finisterra (2000)

MAGO DE OZ’s best album was also the one that catapulted the band to the top of the national rock scene. With a more mature sound and production than in their previous works, “Finisterra” became the best selling album in Madrid in a week thanks to their first single “Fiesta pagana”, probably the best known song of the group and a rock anthem in Spanish. Other cuts like “El que quiera entender, que entienda” and “La danza del fuego” stand out in the fourth work of the group.

TOP: The best 12 songs of Mägo de Oz of his entire career

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Mägo de Oz is undoubtedly one of the most important references if it comes to Spanish Folk Rock, a band that you love or hate but that will never pass indifferent to the great international audience, with almost 30 years of existence this band has filled concerts and achieved successes along its journey through the path of the yellow tiles.

In spite of the drastic change of vocalist that occurred 5 years ago, the band has known how to keep in the public’s taste and even more so now that another golden age is arriving due to the extensive tour that is underway and having filled the CDMX Arena with their “Diabulus In Opera”.

About to turn 29 years old we present you a Top 12 of the best songs of Mägo de Oz of his entire career.

12. The Lake

Originally belonging to the album “Mägo de Oz” and then re-recorded with the voice of Jose Andrëa (So you can see that the re-recording of some of Mägo’s songs is not new), without any doubt it is a song that smells like a night by a fire, your guitar and why not… near a lake.

11. Jesus de Chamberí

One of the emblematic themes of the career of Mägo de Oz, and where Jose Andrëa, then the new vocalist of Mägo de Oz after the departure of Juanma, makes his appearance. In this song he showed off his powerful voice.

10. Windmills

Surely you have heard it on more than one occasion at a party of XV years, no doubt one of the best hits of Mägo de Oz, belonging to the album “La Leyenda de la Mancha”.

9. Pagan Party

One of the most popular hits of their album “Finisterra” that gave them even more notoriety within the Spanish Rock. Not for nothing was re-recorded in “Celtic Land” in English, with guests and Zeta singing the solo and is the most requested in the concerts, as a curious fact this song was versioned by the band Lurte under the name of “Borina Pagana” and later by the band “Reno Renardo” as a parody as “Fiesta Palangana”.

8. Finisterra

The first long song (15 minutes long) is the one that gives its name and closes the album of the same name.

7. Gaia

A song full of musical nuances and where also Jose Andrëa shows off his powerful voice, especially in the final part of this song. Does your skin get bristly every time you listen to this song?

6. From My Heaven

Since it is one of the themes that brings tears to your eyes, this is undoubtedly one of the best ballads of Mägo de Oz. Get out the Kleenex prro! :v

5. And now I’m going out

It is said that this song was inspired by a love affair that Txus had in Mexico, but without a doubt this song, along with some great friends and a few beers, will help to overcome this failed love relationship and move forward.

4. Always (Goodbye Dulcinea Pt. 2)

Another one of the best ballads of Mägo de Oz and of all his career, a ballad that even to the most male makes cry :’v

3. H2Oz

The song that reminds us that we still have Mägo de Oz for a while, now with a new vocalist in their ranks as Zeta.

2. Xanandra

This song was outlined as one of the new classics of the new “Mägo de Oz”, Zeta shows an excellent and clean hard-rock voice, being one of the styles where Zeta feels comfortable.

1. Cadaveria

At the first listening you can’t digest this song, but as you listen to it in the following occasions you will find the flavor of a rejuvenated Mägo de Oz that promises to become another classic of the band’s repertoire.

BONUS TRACK 1
The Devil’s Cantata

A theme even longer than “Finisterra”, where the most powerful voices like those of Victor Garcia, Leo Jimenez and Jose Andrëa came together. Now with the uproar that was created with the Diabulus In Opera where it was reinterpreted by Leo Jimenez and Zeta tried to show all its vocal power that is more than fulfilled by watching the videos that circulate on YouTube, but the final result will be seen in the final edition of Diabulus In Opera when it goes on sale this November.

BONUS TRACK 2
I will die being from you

It is here where it is impossible for you not to cry, Zeta sang with much feeling this song next to Patricia Tapia. If you are one of those who are not completely convinced by Zeta, it is time to listen to this beautiful ballad of Ilussia so you can change your mind.

As you can see, it was difficult for me to choose other songs as excellent as these, but without a doubt, we have gathered the best times of Mägo de Oz in this count.

Would you like to buy some records? There you have a complete analysis of their albums and their best songs to take the option you like best.