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METAMORPHOSIS

Magenta

 

Neo-Prog

3.69 | 166 ratings

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Tarcisio Moura
Prog Reviewer
4 stars If you´re a bit disappointed by Magenta latest releases, like Home or Speachless (good CDs, but a little soft), fear no more. They are now back to their 70´s symphonic prog roots in full power (thank God!). I still don´t know why this group is labeled here as neo prog since they have nothing neo on their sound: it´s symphonic prog all over. Anyway, they are truly back in form and this is by far their most rewarding relased since their masterpiece Seven.

The music is still very much influenced by Yes (specially guitar and bass parts), while some celtic and Pink Floyd overtones are now featured through Metamorphosis as a whole. A little early Mike Oldifield is also felt (on Prekestolen). But make no mistake, Magente has a sound of their own and it is quite unique, Thanks to Rob Reed´s excellency on songwriting and Christina Booth´s great vocal work. Also of note are Stephen Fry´s fine guitar lines and Tim Robinson´s drumming.

The music is varied and cohesive, even though there are just four tracks (two 20 minute+ epics and two short tunes). Production and mixing are top notch. The only down side on this album is its short time: 53 minutes for a band like this is not enough, you´re left wanting more. Well, I guess you can´t get everything.

Metamorphosis put them back on track and reminds me a lot of their fine debut Revelations. Not as startling as Seven, but a very strong showcase of one of England´s best symphonic prog bands around. Highly recommended.

Tarcisio Moura | 4/5 |

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