Mägo de Oz
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Mägo de Oz
Comunidad de Madrid - Spain
Hard rock, Folk rock, Celtic music
Heavy metal, Hard rock, Power metal,
Folk metal, Arena rock, Progressive rock,
Celtic music (1998-2005)
Symphonic metal, Progressive metal
Warner Dro Atlantic
Txus di Fellatio (1987-)
Carlos Prieto "Mohamed" (1992-)
J.C. Marín "Carlitos" (1992-)
Francisco Javier Gómez de la Serna
Fernando Mainer (2012-)
Javi Diez (2012-)
Patricia Tapia (2007-)
Mägo de Oz (Spanish for Wizard of Oz, with a metal umlaut) is a Spanishfolk/heavy metal
band from Begoña, Madrid formed in mid-1988 by drummer Txus di Fellatio. The band
are well known for the strong Celtic feel to their music strengthened through their constant
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."
In 1992, the band were finalists in the Villa de Madrid contest. Then they went onto
achieve great success in Spain, and in 1995, were declared Revolution Rock Band. Around
1996, the band's definitive line-up began to emerge; that same year, they began recording
the rock operaCD, Jesús de Chamberí, which was produced by Alberto Plaza and Mägo de
Oz. The CD was released in 1996, through their former label, Locomotive Music.
2 Band Members
o 2.1 Current
o 2.2 Former members
o 3.1 Studio albums
o 3.2 Live albums
o 3.3 Compilations
o 3.4 Music Videos
o 3.5 Singles
o 3.6 Demos
4 Notes and references
5 External links
The band was founded in May, 1989 by the drummer Txus di Fellatio, who slowly
recruited the rest of his members for the band, and by 1992, had a line-up. Originally, the
band was called Transilvania (Transylvania in Spanish), named after the instrumental piece
of the same name from their idols, Iron Maiden. In 1992, the band members were:
Txus: drums and backing vocals
Charlie: lead guitar
Chema: rhythm guitar
Juanma: lead vocals, backup drums
They recorded several demos: Y qué más da (in 1989), Canción de cuna para un bohemio
(1990), and Con la cabeza bien alta, in 1992. Their music was open to a wide range of
styles and influences, but still basing their full musical potential in folk metal and Celtic
In 1992 the band was the finalist in the festival, "Concurso Villa de Madrid". But even still,
Chema, the guitarist, decided to leave the band. His replacement was Carlitos. Through two
recording sessions, and the ousting of Charlie and Chema's reentry into the band, the band
launched their debut in 1994, produced by Txus and Alberto Plaza under the name, Mago
de Oz. This album found very little success and people were barely aware of the band's
existence. During this time, Mago de Oz suffered one of their most difficult times, now
with the definite expulsion of Juanma and Chema. In 1996, the lineup that has persisted
almost until the present time was formed. Here, we see the entrance of José Andrëa
replacing Auri, a singer who had only recorded a couple of demos then decided to leave the
band, and Frank replacing Chema. By then, the lineup consisted of:
Txus: drums and backing vocals
Mohamed: violin and backing vocals
Carlitos: lead Guitar and backing vocals
Frank: rhythm Guitar, acoustic guitar, and backing vocals
Salva: bass and backing vocals
José Andrëa: lead Vocals, keyboards
The very same year, the band began recording their rock opera album, Jesús de Chamberí,
which dealt with the theme of Jesus' return to the Madrid neighborhood of Chamberí. The
album was edited and sold under the label Locomotive Music. Mago de Oz saw a huge
surge in popularity following the release of the album, due largely in part to the addition of
their newest singer, José Andrëa, who was clearly a far superior singer than the original
The band promoted the album with the "Via Crucis Tour", which further cemented the
band's popularity in Spain. In 1997, the band decided to rerecord five songs from their
debut album, now with the new singer. The EP simply bears the title Mago de Oz, however
many fans refer to it as La Bruja, meaning "The Witch" in Spanish, as there is a witch
playing a violin with a moon backdrop, on the album cover. The name has now become as
a de facto name for the EP and even the official website now refers to the EP as simply "La
Bruja". Indeed one can compare this to a very similar occurrence with the Beatles' selftitled album, The Beatles, but it is referred to by fans as "The White Album".
La Bruja further opened Mägo de Oz's chance for more festivals and events, and obtained
more success than Jesús de Chamberí.
Mägo de Oz began to take a strong interest in concept albums and rock operas as was
shown in Jesús de Chamberí. Still instilled with this interest, Mago de Oz released their
third and perhaps most famous album, La Leyenda de La Mancha. The album is a modern
retelling of Miguel de Cervantes' Don Quixote. Rock opera has been a style present in all of
their albums from Jesús de Chamberí up until the present.
Mägo de Oz embarked on their "The Riiiichal Tour" which contained the greatest number
of concerts performed ever on a tour (115 concerts).
Because of the massive success of "La leyenda de La Mancha", and to mark their 10th
anniversary, the band released a documentary concerning them called "Resacosix en
Hispania", in 1999. The documentary was later released on DVD in 2004.
Mägo de Oz - Molinos de Viento
30 second sample from Mägo de Oz "Molinos de Viento", from the album La
Leyenda de la Mancha.
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Towards the end of 1999 Mägo de Oz embarked in an ambitious project: a double disc
dubbed Finisterra. Fueled with a desire to succeed musically, the band recruited Sergio
"Kiskilla" on the keyboards and accordion and Fernando on the flute. The album was then
released in 2000. This album has been the most folk out of all of the albums, while still
keeping their heavy metal roots. The tour for this album was also far more sophisticated
than previous ones, now with elaborate sets, pyrotechnics, and impressive lights. This also
marked the departure of the bassist, Salva, and the entrance of his substitute, Sergio. In
2002 the band released their first live album, Fölktergeist, a compilation of songs played at
different shows throughout the tour.
In 2003, Mägo de Oz released an album named Gaia, the first in what would become a
trilogy completed in 2010. This album showcased hit songs such as "La Costa del Silencio"
and "La Rosa de los Vientos". By that time, Mägo de Oz had already started performing
concerts in Latin America. The album had a mixed reception but from the hardcore fans.
Gaia can be considered as a concept album with two main themes surrounding the plot, the
wild Spanish conquest of America and the extreme ecological abuse of mankind towards
Earth (Gaia). The CD includes a booklet containing the plot of the concept album Every
chapter takes you to a carefully selected song that complements the plot and the story. The
album features flutes and violins, and has a Celtic rock sound.
In 2004, Mägo de Oz returned to the studio to record Belfast named after the city in
Northern Ireland and the numerous ethnic conflicts that have taken place there. Many of the
songs on the album are simply re-recordings of songs on previous albums. The band
recorded a metal version of "La Rosa de los Vientos" as well as adding some orchestral
improvements to certain earlier songs.
At this time, Mägo de Oz underwent important changes: the entrance of a third guitarist,
Jorge Salán, and within a few months, the departure of bassist, Sergio.
In 2005, Mägo de Oz released two albums. The first one, was a second live album called
Madrid - Las Ventas, recorded in Madrid's bullfighting arena, Las Ventas. There were some
rather large complications concerning this album, since Locomotive Music had released the
album, and Mägo de Oz had now signed themselves under a new label, and therefore,
Locomotive Music did not have the consent of the band. The second disc, Gaia II: La Voz
Dormida, under the new label, Warner Dro, was the second album in the Gaia trilogy and it
released a single "La Posada de los Muertos". For this album, came their newest bassist,
Pedro "Peri". Along with "La Posada de los Muertos" came more singles: "Hoy Toca Ser
Feliz" and "Diabulus in Musica". "Hoy Toca Ser Feliz" was promoted by a video with the
members of the band dressed as the characters from The Wizard of Oz, Txus drumming in
costume as Glinda the Good Witch, with giant wings.
During the tour for Gaia II, Txus temporarily left the band due to extreme exhaustion and
problems which required his presence. His substitute for the time would be Joaquín
Arellano, who filled in Txus's position at the drums for a month and a half. On September
8, 2006, Txus returned to the drums.
On December 5, Mägo de Oz released their very first greatest hits album Rock N' Oz. This
album included a re-recording of the songs "Molinos de Viento, "Jesús de Chamberí",
"Hasta que tu Muerte nos Separe", and "El Cantar de la luna Oscura". The album is a
double album, the first disc contains singles and the second non-singles. A special edition
of Rock N' Oz, entitled The Best Oz came in a box set with the original 2 discs and an extra
disc containing rare recordings including old recordings of songs never before released with
the first singer Juanma still in the lineup. It also contains a DVD highlighting their
On October 10, 2007, the video for their latest single "Y ahora voy a salir" ("And now I'm
going to leave") was premiered on the band's website. The single was released on October
16, 2007 and is the first from their latest album La Ciudad de los Árboles (The city of trees)
which was released on November 6.
On November 10, 2008, Jorge Salán announced on the band's website about his official
break-up from the band, to focus on his own music. Jorge will continue recording and
touring with the band at special dates.
On April 6, 2010, the band released Gaia III: Atlantia.
In late 2011, the band said good bye to the current vocalist, who decided to leave Mägo de
Oz in October. After that tour concluded in Madrid on December 30, Mägo de Oz decided
to take a short break to continue working in the shade throughout 2012 and look for a new
Right now in 2013 the band is back with its essence intact. Happiness invades the group
with its already celebrated album, Hechizos, pócimas y brujería proudly presented in bright
double vinyl (and digibook format also) This achievement has been not seen since last
deluxe edition of the also double album vinyl Finisterra, goal never reached since 2000.
Mago de Oz World Tour 2013 starts in Guatemala City next February the 8th. Please stay
tuned in official website, concerts.