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HOUR OF RESTORATION

Magellan

 

Heavy Prog

3.44 | 70 ratings

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gingernut
5 stars This album was my re-introduction to prog rock after I lost touch with during the 80's. The guy in the record shop promised me my money back if I dodn't like it. So I bought it and for a while this was my absolute favourite CD and even now 19 years later, it is still in my top 10.

Well it's heavy in places, but not prog-metal. Some people have a problem with the programmed drums - not me. Others can't get on with Trent Gardner's voice - not me, it's perfect for the music.

So what of the music? Well mix up prime Kansas, ELP, Yes and you are getting something approaching thier style. This is epic, bombastic, sprawling stuff - great. Actually, I hear something of Delain's style with the staccato drumming and bass.

Track by track

Magna Carta - This sums up the whole album in a magnificent 14 minutes. One of my all time favourite tracks. 10/10

The Winner - A short high-tempo interlude, that Yes might have recorded, but hardly single material! 7/10

Friends Of America - A slower track with a great tune and magnificent chorus. 8/10

Union Jack - The second epic. Some really interesting vocal lines. I found I really had to work hard to 'key' into the style, otherwise it is just a racket. 9/10

Another Burning - Now this is your single! Fantastic vocals on this one and another great tune. 10/10

Just One Bridge - As it suggests, a gentle guitar and vocal bridge to the next track 8/10

Breaking These Circles - The heaviest and fastest track. 7/10

Turning Point - A short vocal over a keyboard wash sees this album out in heavenly style.

Overall, then a start to end classic. What impressed me most was the melding of superb musicianship, dynamic and bombastic arrangements allied with sensible vocals and really strong tunes. Absolutely essential.

gingernut | 5/5 |

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