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HOUR OF RESTORATION

Magellan

 

Heavy Prog

3.44 | 70 ratings

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Kazuhiro
Prog Reviewer
4 stars Mike Varney who is the representative of Shrapnel Records has excellent respect in power that the musician he also sees through a promising musician in the future for a fact. Mike Varney excavated and various guitarists also excavated it.

Having established it for the purpose of the promotion of the band with the music character that the Mike Varney makes the keyboard a main axis was Magna Carta. It was thought that one band announced one album by the unit of two months in the speculation of Mike Varney.

It is not a translation that all bands mainly composed of the keyboard are connected with a progressive former band of course. However, a basic idea of Mike Varney might have put the theme on the diffusion of Hard Rock. Bands such as Shadow Gallery and Cairo are announcing the work from this label besides this Megellan.

An exactly unique band was offering high-quality one after another music to Neo Prog that had borne the part in the main current in the 80's. Mike Varney might have started finding the answer with the music character of the band that excavated the flow in own Magna Carta.

Bass player's Hal Stringfellow Imbrie was a musician who was acting in the item of classics and Jazz. The Gardner brother guesses that he had exactly absorbed the element of a lot of Prog Rock. Especially, Wayne Gardner was well versed in playing the wind instrument. It is said that playing the guitar was acquired in self-study.

The drum player doesn't exist for their initial works. However, the establishment of the music character and directionality might already have been given as for the offer of the technology concerning the height of the idea concerning the overwhelming tune and the composition power and the performances. The music character to absorb the element of Prog Rock in the 70's and the 80's almost and to construct them originally might be a part considerably calculated.

"Magna Carta" The keyboard and the guitar to get on five rhythms go for another development at once. Melody and rhythm that develops with complexity. Performance advanced attended with exhilaration one feels. Part of Hard Rock and a few symphonic. The tune offers development to which the forecast doesn't adhere one after another. Part of melody with song and tension to get on six rhythms. The development of Chord with the tension continues. And, the height of the composition in which the space is buried while producing another face. The development of the melody with the expression of feelings that appears on the way might be splendid. And, the part that shifts to majors Chord and the repeated theme shine. And, unexpected effective development of 13/16 rhythms and 11/12 rhythms will call impression.

The guitar that there are exhilaration one feels in a steady rhythm of eight rhythms twines round "The Winner". And, the chorus who completely has harmony twines round the rhythm of 7/8 and 9/8. Exhilaration one feels for the keyboard and the melody of the song might have originality. The progress of Chord is calculated well.

The guitar and the keyboard with expression of feelings are taken an active part to "Friends Of America". Perhaps, the sound of the drum is processed by all programs. Part of rhythm and melody that develops one after another. The tune freely manipulates intermittently the rhythm and the tempo while repeating eight rhythms and six rhythms.

"Union Jack" starts from the song processed by the effect. Part of song in close relation to piano and keyboard that plays grand melody. The melody in close relation to 16 steady notes might be splendid. The element of Yes and ELP might be included as atmosphere. The flow of the rhythm that develops one after another puts out good atmosphere. Development advanced as the rhythm of the odd number is multiused also has the tension. The part of the song that appears at the end of the tune and the composition of Chord are moving.

As for "Another Burning", the melody of the song with expression of feelings is impressive. The chorus and the keyboard with a transparent feeling are features. The melody of a glossy guitar shifts to the part of more complex development. The composition that changes tempo freely while emphasizing a beautiful melody is progressive.

The arpeggio and the song of a beautiful guitar twine round "Just One Bridge" well. Good as it is atmosphere continues. The melody to get on six rhythms is refreshing.

"Breaking These Circles" gets on the rhythm to which a melody Kon futuristic is steady. And, the element of Hard Rock twines round the rhythm of the shuffle well. The part of symphonic and the part of Hard Rock twine well and it develops. The keyboard with a transparent feeling that appears after it shifts to eight rhythms without the sense of incompatibility opens feelings and advances.

"Turning Point" will have the role of Outro as a part where the end of the album is reported. The melody of a gentle song to Chord that the keyboard with the anacatesthesia produces gets on.

Their music characters provide the revolution and advancement further. However, the composition of the tune and the construction of the idea might be consolidated in this debut album to some degree. The element of very various music is changed into good shape and an original outlook on the world is offered.

Kazuhiro | 4/5 |

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