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THE WAKE OF MAGELLAN

Savatage

 

Progressive Metal

3.86 | 108 ratings

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WaywardSon
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5 stars I canīt think of many artists in the Progressive Metal genre that can stir the listeners imagination as much as Jon Oliva.

Right from the soft tinkering on the piano on the opening track, "The Ocean" (with the sounds of the ocean and gulls), the listener is drawn into another world as Jon Oliva and Savatage set the scene. Zakk Stevens enters on the second track, "Welcome" and his "harsh" vocals are perfectly suited for this band.

The next four tracks set the pace for the more progressive tracks that come after.

On "Complaint in the system" they begin to experiment more. The lyrics are very thought provoking and cleverly worked out. The musicianship on "Underture", "The wake of Magellen" and "The Storm" (Featuring an incredible guitar solo) are outstanding, weaving a tapestry of beauty and maddness as the story unfolds. The ship is lashed by gigantic waves and the lyrics tell of the men on board and their last thoughts before they perish.

The album closes with "The Hourglass", which is over eight minutes long , ending the nightmare, when the narrator (or survivor) finds footprints on the sand, a loner who is haunted by the memories of a ghost ship.

Progressive Metal at itīs best!

WaywardSon | 5/5 |

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