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TEST OF WILLS

Magellan

 

Heavy Prog

3.78 | 86 ratings

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Kazuhiro
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4 stars The shade of meaning of "Magna Carta" established in the flow that derived as a situation of Rock that had rushed into in the 90's had the shape that developed from the flow that was entering the state of saturation from Hard Rock.

The shade of meaning of "Magna Carta" will have been a challenge that harmonized Hard Rock with Prog Rock in the present age for Mike Varney. As for this flow, opening an original outlook on the world and the close nature that Hard Rock and Heavy Metal had might have been included. The relation between Hard Rock and Prog Rock deeply has a common, mutual shades of meaning if it considers it in the general situation.

Development of intellectual element in "Rush". And, it is partial of merits and demerits that influence a progressive music character on which Iron Maiden and Queensryche worked and afterwards. And, the success of Dream Theater might have had the action that gradually removed the borderline of Hard Rock and Prog Rock in the 90's. As for the establishment of Magna Carta and the appearance of Maggellan, the shade of meaning might have been strong if it considered it from the respect in the market of Rock as one main current including the next stage and the expectation.

It was talked that Trent Gardner had received a large influence to "Hemisphere" of Rush. However, it is partial of a profound impression of the chorus and Harmony that can be listened in their initial works. The flow round which the original music character refined while including the impression from Yes, ELP, and Gentle Giant in a sense twines might be reminiscent of the methodology that "Kansas" often did.

The music characters of men who express it in this album are refined from the content of the work till then further and develop. It might be a point that the impression of Album Cover changes a little if it enumerates it as some revolutions. Trent Gardner is made remarks, "It is expressed that Art Work splendidly overcomes the maximum challenge in the life". And, the point that Logo of the band is changed. Or, the point to have introduced the part of the wind instrument boldly. And, it establishes it about the absent drum player after it debuts. It is said that appointed Brad Kaiser was related to the work of the television and the movie. It doesn't achieve it though there was a rumor that Doane Perry that participates in "Impending Ascension" of their 2nd albums becomes the drum player of Magellan, too. And, Bass player's Hal Stringfellow Imbrie doesn't participate in this album.

Shape to develop progressive Hard Rock for which band is generally used further. And, it gets rid of the flow. Magellan aimed at those elements at this time. Composition of tune with music and diversity refined further while following element of legitimate symphonic that can be listened in initial work. And, the form that introduces the wind instrument and includes impression in the tune further might be proceeded proof to the next step of them.

Kazuhiro | 4/5 |

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