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4.03 | 92 ratings | 12 reviews | 28% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 1993

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Estadium Nacional (11:12)
2. Waterfront Weirdos (11:05)
3. Songsmith (5:32)
4. Virtual Reality (5:25)
5. No Time For Words (2:08)
6. Storms And Mutiny (11:50)
7. Under The Wire (1:41)


Total Time: 48:56

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Line-up / Musicians

- Trent Gardner / lead vocals, keyboards, backing vocals
- Wayne Gardner / electric and acoustic guitars, vocals
- Hal Stringfellow Imbrie / bass, vocals
- Doane Perry / drum tracks (2)
- Magellan / all other drum tracks
- Hope Harris / female voice (4)

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4.03
(92 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(28%)
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Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(34%)
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Review by Cesar Inca
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4 stars With 'Impending Ascension', Magellan follow in the same vein they had started on their debut album 'Hour of Restoration': the same elements are here, although this new repertoire exhibits a more careful labour at writing and a more refined level of performing skills. The major references continue to be Kansas, Yes and ELP, as well as the occasional touches of prog metal's driving force and neoprog's melodic textures. With the exception of track 2 (actually, my all-time Magellan fave number - by the way, fantastic electronic drumming by Jethro Tull's Duane Perry), the drumkit/percussion sounds come from rhythm sequences, which are cleverly programmed in order to set complex patterns and varied tempo shifts. This factor helps Magellan to instill a very modern air into their symph prog, so heavily inspired in tha great classics' grandeur. The highlights are the longest tracks, 'Estadium Nacional', 'Waterfront Weirdos' and 'Storms and Mutiny': the latter, a suite inspired by the historical Magellan, is preceeded by the stunning instrumental 'No Time for Words' as a kind of linked prelude. The 5+ minute tracks are also quite good, though I miss some impressive guitar and/or synth soloing which may have enriched them properly. The last track is catchy prog metal oriented number that definitely should have been developed further: why is it so short? Gardner brothers must have had their reasons to keep it so, therefore the listener has nothing left to do but accept and respect it. My personal balance for 'Impending Ascension' is very positive, since I regard it a step onward in their artistic evolution toward a hard rocking prog sound.

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Posted Sunday, June 27, 2004

Review by Bj-1
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5 stars Magellan's second release, "Impending Ascension", follows the footsteps of their first album with similar movements, styles and progressions only that here they managed to improve even further musically. It's more mature and displays a better directional improvement and balance over the arrangements, but still keeps itself within the style of their first album. The music is adventurous, creative and interesting and the arrangements are incredibly complex and progressive but Magellan melts these combinations together with ease resulting in an incredibly technical but melodic album overall. It's very bombastic but some might find this stuff pretentious and overblown, like some of Emerson Lake & Palmer's works but I love it, mostly because of the creative and unique music featured here. A blast of prog-rock, neo-prog and prog-metal, combined in a very creative way. Fans of those three sub-genres should like this album, but you have to be prepared for a pretentious ride, but I found this one incredibly rewarding and downright addictive. I listen to it quite often. Too bad it's so underrated!

There are seven tracks here, and the highlights are obviously the three 11-minute epics that goes over half of the albums playing time. These tracks are some of Magellan's best and goes through some really great parts, complete with many interesting twist and turns in the music with rapid yet structured progressions. All three are equally as good, in my opinion, and captures Magellan at their creative peak just like on the "Magna Carta" epic from their debut album. The shorter tracks are also good, with "Virtual Reality" being a standout musically. Like the albums epics, these tracks are complex and creative with the only low point being "Under The Wire" which is a rather pointless song. Still good though. The musicianship throughout the album is excellent and Trent Gardner's keyboards is effectively used not only as a lead instrument, but also as a important role to their sound. Wayne Gardner's guitar works is also great, switching between gentle to heavy at the right spots in the right time, while the drum-machine follows the music well, and like on their debut is used effectivly without sounding tiresome. A very even album overall.

This became one of my favorite albums after several listenings, though it is an acquired taste for some. Some find it too modern and sterile, others find it too pretentious, but I love it regardless. I would highly recommend it, but you have to be prepared for a ride outside the normal standards. One minor flaw ("Under The Wire") but otherwise excellent stuff. Give it a try, It might not appeal to everyone, but It sure did appeal to me! 5/5!

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Posted Wednesday, March 29, 2006

Review by Eetu Pellonpää
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2 stars This is the only album by this band which I have heard, and I must admit that this kind of music isn't really my cup of tea. Objectively thinking the record itself probably isn't extremely poor, but the question on tastes concerning aesthetic solutions seems to make differ. The person who recommended this album to me tried to sell it comparing Magellan's music to the sounds of Yes and Queen. There are lots of vocal harmonies in their material, and the tracks are bit longer with different themes and changing rhythms. There are also some pompous elements in their music which annoyed me, and the sounds were modern and sterile. There are also some harder tones on the guitars, so I think this group suits for the followers of prog metal and neo prog acts.

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Review by progaeopteryx
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5 stars Two years after their interesting debut, Magellan follows up with the quirky and more polished Impending Ascension. Like their debut, the music is often a little strange as it shifts often from movement to movement. They are still using programmed drums, but this time I see a dramatic improvement in composing them as they fit the music like a glove. Doane Perry (Jethro Tull) guests on drums on Waterfront Weirdos and adapts quite well to the music of the Gardner brothers, so well that it sounds similar to the programmed drums in the other tracks. I'm not sure if that was intentional or not, but it's helpful for the album's cohesion.

Trent Gardner shows some excellent skills behind the keys. This album is loaded with them, which will be quite different from future Magellan albums which will lean more towards prog metal than symphonic prog (which Impending Ascension is firmly rooted in). Gardner, although not the greatest singer, really improves his delivery on this album. His voice is really suitable for those soaring moments. He also shows some prominent influences from Ian Anderson's singing style on Storms and Mutiny. Brother Wayne Gardner excels and improves on his guitar work and Hal Stringfellow Imbrie performs skillfully on bass.

While their debut had more of a stronger Kansas influence to it, I sense that Impending Ascension shows more of a Genesis inspiration (both late 1970s and 1980s). I also sense influences from ELP (on Songsmith and No Time for Words), Yes (for the harmony vocals), and a little bit of Rush. But there is a lot more to this than the influences. There is also a good kick of hard rock added to the symphonic mixture resulting in a really unique quirky sound that is all Magellan's. I can't really find another CD in my collection that sounds anything like Magellan.

Again, the lyrics are somewhat historical in nature, ranging from the Chilean coup d'état of 1973 (along with characters like Salvador Allende, Harald Edelstam and Richard Nixon) in the song Estadium Nacional and the mutiny during Magellan's journey in 1520 on Storms and Mutiny. In addition, Magellan tackles the homeless of New York (on Waterfront Weirdos) and virtual reality (on Virtual Reality).

I can see this album taking some effort for some to get into, but for me it clicked right away. I guess it's a desired taste. It's a strange mixture of stuff, but quite unique. If it's your cup of tea, you'll probably enjoy it. Otherwise, you'll probably wonder what all the hoopla was about. Unfortunately, this would be the last Magellan album in this style as the Gardner brothers would incorporate more metal influences into their music and have the keys play a more subdued role. Even though I enjoy their later releases, they just don't seem as captivating as Impending Ascension. I'm going to go out on a limb and give this five stars. It's a masterpiece to me and I really love listening to this, even with all its quirks.

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Posted Sunday, December 23, 2007

Review by ZowieZiggy
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3 stars With the types of influences that "Magellan" is using, it is quite strange that they end up in the heavy prog category. It sounds much more a combination of symph and neo-prog to my perception.

If you want to travel through the seventies and return to some "Yes" (vocals) or "ELP" (music) feeling, I can only recommend the very good opening song: "Estadium Nacional". It is true to add that some parts are heavier oriented, but not too much.

The Gardner brothers (and their crew) do propose some above the line music (which is not often the case with other US bands of the same vein) and therefore I am (so far) quite tolerant with their work. It might not be recommended to purists, but overall one gets a good forty minutes break while listening to "Impeding Ascension". The opening track is rather impressive (but so was "Magna Carta" from their debut). The same fear as well: is the band able to proceed on the same level?

The second long song (over eleven minutes like "Estadium") is maybe more personal (but fully neo). There are several theme changes and great keys proposed in this offering. It would be false to say that some "Genesis" feel would be alien to it. Still, "ELP" are also not too far away. Not too bad a mix and nicely rendered. Bombastic moments are also on-line to be complete. Especially during the long keyboards parts.

This album holds a third long song (again over eleven minutes): "Storms And Mutiny". It is my least favourite one, probably due to its intense borrowing from several masters and much less inspired. Some sort of a metal version of "Watcher Of Skies" at times. Ouch!

Just like during their debut, the shorter songs are of less quality. "Virtual Reality" for instance sounds closer to "prog" metal than anything else. A heavy "Kansas" maybe? Nothing too exceptional (but "Songsmith" was already an indication). Good vocals though.

The totally heavy metal oriented closing "Under The Fire" is a rather bizarre manner to end up with this work. As far as I'm concerned, I can only be happy that it last for a mere 100 seconds.

I rate this album with three stars (just as their debut one) mostly thanks to the first two long tracks available.

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Review by b_olariu
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4 stars Magellan's second album from 1993 named Impending ascension is a natural follow up to Hour of restoration. I always have a soft spot for Magellan, I don't realy know why because they are not one of my fav prog bands, but their music has something that I like to listen constantly. Magellan is considered one of the bands from second armada of progressive rock artists and they always were and are in the shadow of other names, strange because has a pleasent and in places quite complicated music. The music on this second album is chalenging and has some very unique moments, typical aswell for Magellan's music. The Gardner brothers has an unique and intristing manner of composig from symphonic moments to heavy prog and even in places some neo prog and prog metal are here But what they make diffrent from the other bands is thier unmistakeable sound and manner of composing taken influences from Yes or Kansas, but melted very well and with intelligent manner in Magellan's sound as a whole. Impending ascension is among their better albums if not the better one among with Impossible figures and Test of Wills, delivering some amazing moments like on Watefront weirdos a 11 min journey to what Magellans has best to offer, another goody is Estadium nacional again great and typical for Magellan and Virtual reality, toying a little bit with prog metal like on the last track Under the wire as well. They have invited on drums on second piece Waterfron weirdos the talented Doane Perry from Jethro Tull, he dis a good job and integreat very well in the sound of the band. Magellan's music must take some time to get into, but when you do will be pleasent surprise about thier unique manner of composing. I will give 3.5 rounded to 4, because is among their better works and among my fav Magellan albums aswell, and always like them for what they do.

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Review by progaardvark
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5 stars After their mixed-bag debut, Magellan improves dramatically with what is my favorite album from them; and also what I consider as their peak. What Magellan does here is expand on their better and longer tracks from their debut. Trent Gardner's keyboard work is exceptional and again the subject matter of the songs is mostly historical in nature. So in addition to great music, we can obtain a history lesson at the same time!

I have a hard time pinning a comparison to other groups for this album. Kansas seemed a big influence on their debut, but I don't sense that comparison much here. There are occasional nods to ELP and Yes (for the vocal harmonies), and maybe a teeny bit of Genesis. I guess what I am saying is that Magellan have adopted their own sound.

Programmed drums are still a part of the band (with the exception of a guest performance by Doane Perry), but don't think of that as a hindrance like it is for so many other bands and artists. This is the kind of album a drum programmer should listen to to hear how it is done correctly. Magellan would acquire a human drummer on their next album.

I still listen to this album a lot and I think it is vastly underrated. I consider it one of the gems at the forefront of the recovery of prog rock taking place in the early 1990s. The only sad thing about this album is that none of the following Magellan albums comes close to matching its quality.

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5 stars I discovered this record by pure coincidence as I recently walked into my local record store and found this album somewhere hidden in the metal section. I thought that the cover was beautiful and that the songs and their lengths sounded promising to me and I gave this record a try. In the end, this ... (read more)

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5 stars These days I don't have much time to listen to music and forget everything that surrounds me. This album is a bunch fresh air, specially considering I was more or less disappointed with most of my recent music buys. Magellan sounds like old school prog rock, but they are not ripoffs: while being ... (read more)

Report this review (#219977) | Posted by Barla | Friday, June 05, 2009 | Review Permanlink

5 stars Having followed Magellan since early in their career it is hard to say which album is the better of the first two. All I can say is that they are both amazing and that Magellan never came close to the imagery and song writing of the material on these releases again. The quirkyness of the music a ... (read more)

Report this review (#187189) | Posted by Sacred Baboon | Monday, October 27, 2008 | Review Permanlink

4 stars It is my first purchase of a music of Magellan. Magellan is composed of two brothers who make all the keyboards and all guitars and all the low ones. I think of the programs of the Trent Gardner the drums although he does not say if he makes this open but that resembles him. Usually the programmi ... (read more)

Report this review (#77951) | Posted by drain-o | Friday, May 12, 2006 | Review Permanlink

4 stars This is an awesome album! It reminds me so much of the Fish-era Marillion material, which I loved very much. After Fish left, Marillion went downhill. Thank God that we have Magellan, who in my opinion became the new Marillion. Trent Gardner is such a musical genius (I hope we hear more Explor ... (read more)

Report this review (#4619) | Posted by daleplate | Monday, March 07, 2005 | Review Permanlink

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