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The best kept secret in music


"BILLBOARD Magazine"

"Any band brave enough to tag it's first CD with the line "remember when listening to music felt dangerous" had better have the goods or prepare to be cracked by critics. Well, Acts Magdalena does - and then someā€¦" Larry Flick - BILLBOARD Magazine (excerpt)


"Bands like Acts Magdalena, who hail from New York City, remind me of the savage power of the human voice... Every review of Acts Magdalena speaks with awe, and not a little fear, of singer Christian Merry's unique vocal style..." The Interview The Starvox Review - STARVOX (excerpt)

"LEGENDS Magazine"

"The four of them create a hybrid sound of death metal and more-palatable goth rock, riding on the very fringe of heavy without crossing in to the boo-blargy thing that thrash-metal enthusiasts claim is music..." http://www.legen - LEGENDS Magazine (excerpt)


"No tour of the New York indie music scene would be complete with out ACTS MAGDALENA. Intensely original and amazingly interesting, this is a band to watch." ws/199912_actsmagdalena.asp
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"The densely swirling organ drones (actually peformed on bass) and guitar thrums.. provide a fog through which Christian Merry's... sweet tones roughen as the tr ack builds... the angel has a dark side... until she's snarling as if channeling Beelzebub directly through her vocal chords..." http://www.spider - SPYDERBYTES (excerpt)

"Hidden Sanctuary"

This female fronted band is among the NY underground elite. This track (Wasteland) is a bit more se date than their usual work and is placed here as another showcase for theirmany talents. Lead vocalist Christian has been known to swoop and growl in an almost frightening fashion on the more rock tunes. This track lends the ability to demonstrate her more poetic and sensual side. ctuary_2.html}
- Hidden Sanctuary (excerpt)


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1st CD 12 song "ACTS MAGDALENA" is on almost every major/indie college and major/indie radio station playlist. Softer songs have been known to even show up on easy listening stations. Entered into the MUSE system its received worldwide airplay.

The 4 song EP has been played on every major indie/underground station. When was up the rotation of stations playing the music there was ever increasing. AM was consistently in the top chart positions reaching top 5 in 2 genres its first days there.


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CHRISTIAN CERES MERRY, (female) Vocals, lyrics, melodies, songwriter, co-producer, artist and founder of ACTS MAGDALENA. Her songwriting style is based on capturing the effect of a powerful emotional experience. Her voice cannot be compared to any one singer, but more a force of nature.. the spring rain and a hurricane.

RICK van BENSCHOTEN Lead fretless and fretted Bass, co-songwriter, producer and engineer of ACTS MAGDALENA's recordings. For him the Bass is an instrument of expression and he makes it sing, moan, roar and wail like something both earthbound and unworldly. It is not the traditional background thump, it is a lead presence in the melodic textures woven into their songs both dreamlike and nightmarish.

"Similar" music/sounds: Tool, Lacuna Coil, dark metal, gothic, melodic metal, progressive rock, alternative, indie, ethereal