It's not the technique; they can play, and how. They're actually very good players. Coherence: writing songs that makes sense, a sense of going somewhere. Gentle Giant are complex, but their songs gel. Magellan songs are complex, but they change direction every 15 seconds. So you feel like listening to snippets of songs, a myriad of segments that were never developped into a full idea.
Just bits and more bits of songs bouncing frivolously hoping to create a 'song', leaving you with the feeling of being lost in a sea of over-enthusiasm.
Trent Gardner singing: a monotonous line without emotion or ondulation, so whack you'll roll your eyes. Once again, it's NOT deprived of qualities: some too quick parts are bombastic and catchy, but Doctor Concoctor - Magellan - Symphony For A Misanthrope (CD spectre of boredom lurks again, and again. This is still part of my Magna Carta plunge. But did you ever had a friend who really thought he 'had it' musically? Common courtesy just tells you to nod and smile, saying gently: 'Wow, you really put some efforts into this!
Singing is fun we all do it on a daily basis but singing correctly is tough. Writing a song is reasonnably reachable Hootie and the Blowfish did it somewhat but making it believable is something else.
So Magellan are telling us that they can sing and write. Ok Okay. Yet again, Magellan's records seem to be plagued with the same old faults over and over again. Laughing while listening a record is never a good, never. Unless it's Monty Python. The lame drum solo, the overuse of vocal layers and of a worn palette of colors, the cringe worthy singing and the true abscence of cohesion in song structure is taking it's toll.
And trombone. Trombone is not a good idea for them. How can I say this without being rude? I don't think there's enough alcohol in Canada to get through this. Seems like the days before the Internet where the Middle Ages. How did people got informations on anything? Where did you look for information on music? Once I bought a Rush tribute record from Magna Carta and they gave me a little catalog where I saw bands I never, ever, ever heard before: Cairo? Shadow Gallery?
Ice Age? What are those? Hey hold on, there's a tribute record to Jethro Tull?!? To a young kid who only knew Rush, Magna Carta opened a door to a whole new palette of colors and textures.
The Magna Carta logo became a beacon of new and exciting stuff only known by really savvy musical nerds. And to think how much energy, time and money the founders put into it, you have to respect the work they did. I'm always a sucker for nostalgia Doctor Concoctor - Magellan - Symphony For A Misanthrope (CD great artwork, so the cover immediately grabbed my attention.
I also decided to plunge back into my college years by digging into the first prog rock label I ever knew. For better or worse? I already got a taste of Magellan 10 years ago If I was in and didn't knew anything else, I would have been over the moon with it.
But now, that voice, that annoying way of singing of Trent Gardner is really shaking up my soda, to be polite. It's hard to describe but, Doctor Concoctor - Magellan - Symphony For A Misanthrope (CD, it feels like the guy is trying too hard. He's not yelling but he's giving way too much all the time.
I read somewhere 'they need to calm down'. It's spot on!! They really do need to take a chill pill. The music is very americanish: Styx and Kansas ugh It's not that it's bad some segments really kicks assit's just too intense; and it's even not prog metal! I can name hundred prog metal albums with more subtlety! It tries too hard to be entertaining and unfortunately goes the other way. Magellan is like that little book of jokes that made you laugh so much when you were a kid: it isn't funny anymore because you just grew out of it.
In and - between the release of their second album Impending Ascension and this, their third album Test Of Wills - Magellan was involved in the creation of a series of tribute albums to major classic progressive Rock bands. One of these was a tribute to Jethro Tull, and the Gardner brothers contribution to that album seems to have had a powerful influence on Magellan's own music on Test Of Wills. Several songs on this album, perhaps most notably Walk Fast, Look Worried and Jacko, have taken on a distinct Ian Anderson flavour in the song-writing and vocal style, and flute is even added to the palette of Magellan.
Another notable change in Album) band's sound for this album is the addition of real drums, here played by Brad Kaiser. Also, this album is much heavier than previous albums and more guitar oriented and overall less keyboard dominated.
While adding real drums is clearly a step forward for the band, it is not matched by the quality of the material. The songs on Test Of Wills are less memorable than those of both the previous two albums and the subsequent one. Maybe they were saving up their best material for the excellent Explorer's Club album Age Of Impact which was released the following year?
Test Of Wills has its moments, but Magellan did better elsewhere. It is an acceptable album, but without doubt my least favourite of Magellan's four albums on the Magna Carta label.
Magellan's second album appeared in Most commentators seem to describe it as a natural continuation of their debut, 's Hour Of Restoration, but while there are obvious similarities between the two albums, I personally also see important differences. I find the debut to be a more coherent album, no doubt owing a lot to its conceptual nature, while Impending Ascension comes across more as a collection of unrelated songs. The track that most resembles the music of the debut is Storms And Mutiny which is a song about Ferdinand Magellan's famous circumnavigation of the Earth and obviously from where the Gardner brothers have taken their band name.
Including No Time For Words, which is an instrumental introduction to the same, it runs to some 14 minutes and readily invites comparison with the equally epic Magna Carta from Hour Of Restoration. In my view, Magna Carta is the better of the two.
Another long track, and the best of this album, is album opener Estadium Nacional which blends the sound of 80's YesBig Generator with the complexities of 70's Yes, and adds some heavy riffs to that and a chorus that reminds me of Boston! Waterfront Weirdos is instead very much in the style of Marillion, with Fish-like vocals and all.
Doane Perry of Jethro Tull fame helps out on drums on that one but the other tracks still have programmed drums. I like this album, but unlike Hour Of Restoration, after hearing Impending Ascension, I feel saturated and have no real desire to start the album again.
Recommended, but not as good as Hour Of Restoration. These items are shipped from and sold by different sellers. Show details. Ships from and sold by i-Deals Store. Customers who bought this item also bought. Page 1 of 1 Start over Page 1 of 1. Impossible Figures. Only 1 left in stock - order soon. Innocent God. Only 2 left in stock more on the way. Register a free business account. Customer reviews. How does Amazon calculate star ratings?
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If you enjoy complex arrangements with lots of interesting key changes then you will enjoy Magellan. This album seems to just miss it somewhere. I think the vocals are a little disappointing,but on the whole I still enjoy their style. Maybe Album) just lacks a bit of emotion. If you enjoy progressive rock giver this a listen and check out their other stuff.
They seem very involved with lots of different artists producing. I am looking forward to hearing more of their material. I am waiting for their latest album as I write this. I own this CD and also Impossible Figures. This one is WAY better but only because of these three songs. Impossible Figures is lame by comparison.
One person found this helpful. Got this for Christmas, and am enjoying it immensely. Sure, it's bombastic; sure Doctor Concoctor - Magellan - Symphony For A Misanthrope (CD over the top and can be frankly silly at times. But hey, it's Magellan. I mean, these guys are practically the reigning godfathers of bombast second only to The Darkness. If you're expecting something different from their other albums, you're going to be sorely disappointed.
On the other hand, if you like your Magellan over the top, sit back and enjoy the ride. What can I say about Magellan that I haven't already? I firmly believe that some people can never be happy and can only feel good about themselves by tearing others down did some one say Derek?
The scoop here is that no one prog album will satisfy all listeners, Magellan included. Just research your favorite releases and you'll be sure to find those that don't like them. The same will be true of any genre of music. I'm sure there's more than a few Bach, Mozart, and Wagner haters out there! Heck, pick any style of music, think of the best in that catagory and you'll still find people that think they suck.
Check out, "SFAM", and at least give it a few spins. If you're like me you'll dig it alot. If you're like Derek you won't.
At least take the time to understand what's going on and don't sweat the fact it might not be what you expected. Enjoy it for what it is My fav being the 18 minute track, "Cranium Reef". The ending which reminds me of a track "Magna Carta" from their first disc, "Hour of Restoration". Love it! Fast delivery for my husband. This is part of his Christmas list of rare CDs he's been looking for.
I've never heard such well thought out lyrics in my life. They're great. Oh yes, classic album, the title alone fits the bill - "Symphony for a Misanthrope".
Last time I checked, Websters dictionary describes a misanthrope as one who hates humanity. Isn't that lovely!? So nice to listen to a band with such heartwarming platitudes! Why not change the album title to "Symphony of Hatred" since it's equally descriptive? This sinks to a new low. I strongly suggest these guys spend their money on top notch psycho-analysis instead of recording. I've never heard of a band so self-possessed.
I'll bet they have spent their lives playing music at home, probably never went out to play with other kids in the neighborhood, very little social interplay.
This CD and all the others reflects it well - sounds like they have virtually no stage experience, no connection with listeners, no stories to tell, are wrapped in the only reality they know which is sociopathic neurotica - first-class prog rock wanna-be's. Blank, empty; bombastic drivel with all the scope and depth of a comic book.
If you like the idea of shooting yourself in the foot for something to sing about then this CD is for you. See all reviews from the United States.
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