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Outstanding swedish band who plays a thick melodic prog. Tasteful arrangements over long compositions with enough musicianship to keep the focus on the melody, without loosing it. The vocals are very similar to John Wetton's, but the instrumental passages sound good, sometimes a bit like GANDALF's music.

For anyone looking to learn more about GALLEON, I would point them at the excellent "All European Hero" and "King Of Aragon" an obvious essential purchase. If you like your progressive rock melodic and crammed full of lush harmonies, then both albums are a Must Have! Once again they turned out a perfect album ("Beyond Dreams"), rich with symphonics and just the right amount of heaviness to stay firmly in the progressive / symphonic category rather than topple into heavy prog. A MAJOR ALBUM OF 2000!!!

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2.87 | 40 ratings
Lynx
1992
3.39 | 41 ratings
Heritage And Visions
1994
3.73 | 58 ratings
King Of Aragon
1995
3.41 | 41 ratings
The All European Hero
1996
3.69 | 68 ratings
Mind Over Matter
1998
3.41 | 53 ratings
Beyond Dreams
2000
3.68 | 110 ratings
From Land To Ocean
2003
3.19 | 48 ratings
Engines Of Creation
2007
3.56 | 69 ratings
In The Wake Of The Moon
2010

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3.38 | 4 ratings
At This Moment In Time
1994

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 The All European Hero by GALLEON album cover Studio Album, 1996
3.41 | 41 ratings

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The All European Hero
Galleon Neo-Prog

Review by poito

3 stars This album is a bit more personal than the former King of Aragon, meaning that they borrow less from classic bands, like Genesis and Co. There are no changes in style, easy symphonic Prog, with sincere work at the composition, lots of keyboards, and little contribution by the other instruments, tasteless lyrics too much emphasized for the little they have to offer. A hallmark of the band's music is the cheerful mood, no dark passages or complex lyrics, always trying to be good boys playing great music. They manage to craft some good tracks, like the opener The All European Intro, The Russian Ice Princess, and European Anthem.
 Heritage And Visions by GALLEON album cover Studio Album, 1994
3.39 | 41 ratings

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Heritage And Visions
Galleon Neo-Prog

Review by poito

4 stars The band has changed quite a lot from its debut album LYNX. They've moved away from the commercial PopRock. The recruitment of Ulf Pettersson at the keyboards definitely made a different band. There is a rebirth in NeoProg of the time, strongly based on Genesis-Marillion. I'm a bit surprised by the overall quality of this album, since I've listened to others that were released later and were not as mature as this is. The initial two themes are not very promising, but the next, a 16 min long track called Permanent Vacation is a very good track, varied, inspired, and creative. It somehow marks the strengths of the band, plenty of keyboards, and wrapping melodic tunes, although sung by a rather impersonal voice (which however does it better than in later releases). The drums are also well below the quality of the composition, and along with the poor bass line, the main problems of this band. It follows Intentions, probably the more authentic (meaning that it has no borrows), but not particularly inspired. From here, all other themes are good, with an interesting work by the new member and true alma mater of the band. There are some passages nearly literally taken from Genesis and Marillion, but I want to think it is a tribute.
 Lynx by GALLEON album cover Studio Album, 1992
2.87 | 40 ratings

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Lynx
Galleon Neo-Prog

Review by poito

2 stars Short and easy. There is always a debut album. The band Galleon shows here what they'll be playing for many years: soft easy-listening Prog. This one is PopProg (does that exist?), made of mid-long themes from 6 to 14 min that get too long for the little variation and novelty they contain. I've listened to other albums of the band that had clear influences from Genesis, Marillion and the likes, but this is more influenced by money-making contemporary PopRock bands at least in the first half, and yes, Marillion-Floydian in the second. The music is simple, pleasant to the ear, but doesn't get any deeper: boring for hardcore Proggers. It is dominated by acoustic guitar and background keys, with an insipid bass-drum section, and a not particularly charming singer. They'll make it better in following albums. If you are in a hurry, skip it. A couple of willing themes are the opening Untouchable and On the North Shore.
 From Land To Ocean  by GALLEON album cover Studio Album, 2003
3.68 | 110 ratings

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From Land To Ocean
Galleon Neo-Prog

Review by poito

4 stars Galleon is a band to introduce Prog to a friend that has never deviated from international Pop and mainstream music. I've only listened to a former album of this band, KING OF ARAGON, released in 95, and I was not very impressed. Have to say that the band has evolved positively in musicianship and creativity and remains faithful to their principles. Except for the guitar player, who is excellent, and should contribute more, the band members remain the same. They have not become instrument wizards with the years but they play well enough and they've gained notable skill in composing. The music has grown in interest, which I think it was the main weakness earlier. Now, they are more daring, though never get off the line. It is smooth mainstream neo-prog, after bands like Marillion and other hairs of mid 70's Genesis, with a slow floydian trip that sometimes gets tiring. No experiments, no surprises, simple and sincere work at the keys and the guitar, and an impersonal voice. There are no changes of tempo, instead they use ins and outs of instruments, a perfect combination of riffs at the guitar and the keys, and a good mastery of arrangements. The regular tempo is probably one of the reasons why themes don't hook up well in the long-term, but they are very agreeable. It is one of those albums that you mark for listening good Prog music without paying much attention, as for the background. Actually, if you do, you may feel that you've already listened to it somewhere else, The first CD (this is a double album) has no weak themes, all with distinct tunes and flavor. There are quite a few moments clearly borrowed from colleagues, such as in The Price, with almost copycat excerpts from Genesis, Marillion, John Cale. I don't know if they do it as a tribute or because of lack of creativity. The second album is a long 52 min epic bearing a strong social critique about the mankind's use of oceans, the lyrics is poorly imaginative and full of clichés (can be spared); the music isn't a 5 stars, but can be listened from start to end with very few dull moments, which is a major achievement for this type of compositions. Definitely, I will check more albums of this band.

 King Of Aragon by GALLEON album cover Studio Album, 1995
3.73 | 58 ratings

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King Of Aragon
Galleon Neo-Prog

Review by poito

3 stars Short and easy. It doesn't start well, but keep listening. It gets better by the end. Don't expect much anyway. The tunes are a bit too simple and predictable, drums are boring, the voice is flat and in general, the band does not boast of virtuosity. With only a few musical resources they manage to sound correctly, but they borrow sounds and even themes from those we know well... without much success I must say. Another tribute band, it's hard to find original pieces. There is only a few interesting tunes all at the end, the three final cuts. If only for trying to leave us a final good taste in our ear, they go away with 3 generous stars.
 From Land To Ocean  by GALLEON album cover Studio Album, 2003
3.68 | 110 ratings

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From Land To Ocean
Galleon Neo-Prog

Review by friso
Prog Reviewer

4 stars Galleon - From Land to Ocean (2003)

Swedish neo-progressive rock band Galleon has been operating since the early nineties without ever getting to hit it big in the worldwide appreciation of the neoprog genre. This is a bit a suprising, because they surely have a very recognizable Marillion/Genesis/Pink Floyd derived sound & style and guys are real pro's when it comes to musicianship and performance in the recording studio. I've been busy finding some new neoprog I like (I really love Arena) for listening with my mp3-player while traveling and so far I had trouble finding other acts that really connected with me, however the first song 'Three Colours' of this album got me right away.

Listening to the album I have two main impressions. On the one side I find a very well composed and played neoprogressive album with many really catchy moments, intelligent composition and some nice surprises when it comes to broadening the neoprog horizons. Moreover, this begin a double album, there's quite a lot of good material here. Guitarist Sven Larsson's playing is very enjoyable for me, him being a good stratocaster connoisseur who sometimes doesn't hide his love for jazzier guitar parts. Bass-player and vocalist Göran Fors often has a heavier and natural bass-guitar sound I learned to like his competent vocals as well - a bit typical for the neoprog genre. Ulf Pettersson on keyboard has professional sounding sounds/samples (something that goes wrong to often) and a very well balanced input.

My other impression is that the artistic approach of Galleon on this album is not without controversy. The very intimate & theatrical vocals have been a key-element of neoprog genre from the very beginning. Often the subjects of personal hardship or mysterious happenings have made a perfect fit with the music. Marillions singer Fish also found a way to handle political issues by relating to them in very personal way. Galleons 'From Land to the Ocean' is an almost purely politically themed album, yet the link with the personal or the mysterious aspects of the music is almost completely lacking. Themes like the problems with our economical infrastructure, the lack of political cooperation or goodwill and most of all environmental issues form the basis for the lyrics - yet they are kept abstract like a political pamphlet, which doesn't necessarily form a good basis for emotional musical experience on the part of the listener. This often leads to a lack of connection between the excellent moody neoprog played by the band and the lyrics sung by Göran Fors. Moreover, the fatalistic views on environment and politics are a bit tedious at times. Normally I can remove myself from lyrics that don't strike me as fantastic, but because of the harsh politically charged statements I can't escape them.

When reading other reviews here on the archives it is becomes apparent this album has been the subject of a lot of harsh criticism because of the lyrical content, perhaps a bit too much for my tastes. I just can't help loving the composition of the longer tracks and the album surely has the epic neoprog feel of a real classic of the genre. Therefore I think it would be quite nice if the neoprog listeners who do like the political lyrics or don't bother at all about them would give this album a spin, because I just know this could very well be a rewarding experience.

Conclusion. A very well composed and played neoprog genre-album with political lyrics that can be a bit of a hindrance, perhaps this album would have been a classic of the genre with different lyrics. I'm going to reward it with the big three-and-a-halve rating. Give the opening track 'Three Colours' a spin!

 From Land To Ocean  by GALLEON album cover Studio Album, 2003
3.68 | 110 ratings

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From Land To Ocean
Galleon Neo-Prog

Review by apps79
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

4 stars After some gigs in Spain and their homecountry Galleon focused on working on a double album, an idea Göran Fors was thinking of for a number of years.The band entered the Fenix Studios and worked there for three consecutive years, only interrupted for some rare lives.The album was titled ''From land to ocean'' and was released in 2003 on the Progress label.

First CD (''The land'') is structurally typical of a Galleon release, a mix of 10+ min. mini-epics with a few shorter tracks thrown in, built around balanced guitars and a combination of heavy synths and vintage organ.I get a feeling that the band comes a bit closer to contemporary Prog bands like SPOCK'S BEARD, adding a few jazzy and poppy tunes into the mix, revisiting more often the GENESIS fundamentals, but they have not lost their identity by any means.Lots of acoustic interludes and electric fests with powerful keyboards around, delivered via some spacey moods and overpowered by symphonic colors and neurotic flashes.Again the melodies are very good and the solos are sensational, Galleon were a mature enough band to compose another solid album.But the mellow parts and the overall arrangements sound now just an inch closer to the 70's, PINK FLOYD, GENESIS and MARILLION being the basic influences.

The whole centerpoint of this double album though is the second CD ''The ocean'', consisting of one single piece, clocking at 52 minutes.Was the band inspired by a similar attempt by THE FLOWER KINGS a few years back noone actually knows.I say this because ''The ocean'' contains lots of elements from the style of their compatriots, retaining a personal identity all the way.This is not all about classic Neo/Symphonic Prog here, the long duration allows Galleon to move comfortably between unrelated segments and the whole discussion falls into the track's cohesion.Several spins later I can say that this is an excellent piece of music with a great proportion between heavy rhythms, epic tunes, atmospheric soundscapes and symphonic textures, passing through ambiental moods, grandiose orchestrations and complex twists with the influences expanding to RUSH and KING CRIMSON and a few more doses of jazzy lines thrown in.Solid piece of art, always relying on the MARILLION school of Prog but with a more flexible and nostalgic style, similar to acts such as THE D PROJECT or DAGMAHR.

One of the top Galleon albums and a good candidate for the year's best Prog album.Mature Progressive Rock with strong inspirations from the classic era, mainly PINK FLOYD and GENESIS.Great music, highly recommended.

 In The Wake Of The Moon by GALLEON album cover Studio Album, 2010
3.56 | 69 ratings

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In The Wake Of The Moon
Galleon Neo-Prog

Review by Memo_anathemo

3 stars The first three songs of this album are really good but the three of them keep on the same style that make it sound a bit monotonous. The real adventure starts in the track number 4 with the title track 'In the Wake of the Moon', a song full of keyboard background and which has a dreamy feeling. The next song is as well as excellent 'War at Home', which I consider the best song of the album. Then, it follows 'Over the hills and 3 feet under', an instrumental but good track. The weakest song, to me, is Mr. Murphy, with a repetitive sound and lack of creativity, which is spilled all over the rest of the album. The final track retakes the good level of the album and closes it in good terms. Galleon managed to create an album with the basic elements of neo progressive music and trying to improve their previous albums. Recommended!
 From Land To Ocean  by GALLEON album cover Studio Album, 2003
3.68 | 110 ratings

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From Land To Ocean
Galleon Neo-Prog

Review by DrömmarenAdrian

3 stars This now ten years old record "From Land to Ocean" by Galleon which is their seventh record of nine feautures Göran Fors (lead vocals, bass, taurus, guitars & keyboards), Ulf Pettersson(keyboards), Sven Larsson(guitars) and Dan Fors(drums & percussion). The covers shows two mystical ships flying over the sea and some mountains. This is a hugo album in term of long play time and it contains a monster of 52 minutes.

The first tune: "Three Colours" has a perky melody that is nice and the sound is heavy and the music is very symphonic. I like this song. Next song is also meritorious: "Fall of fame" with different passages and a jazzy feeling at three minutes. "The Porch" is quite boringand "Liopleurodon" is sweat but not som much more. "Land"is the best song. The band here gets helt from Kristina Olsson with beautiful flute. This song is symphonic has a rich lyrical theme with deep. The two last songs on the first disc "Solitide" and "The Price" also shows great musicality. Finaly we have "The Ocean", a very long song indeed. I have just listend once and perhaps this craves many listenings. No, not perhaps, i understand it does. It contains here and there strong progressive rock with lyrics and instrumentation on a high level. Though my overall opinion about this music is good and talanted symphonic rock which I can enjoy listen to, but it's not very interesting. They managed to do what a band should do to make long lasting progressive rock, but I can't really find their own soul in all this. I can't really hear what's Galleon's music in it. Perhaps I'll change my opinion, then I'll be glad of course but this doesn't feel progressive and thinking new.

As a Swedish band they should have sung in Swedish, perhaps this could have been funnier then but now it's just good. Well I am allways impressed on long pieces, but this time perhaps I wasn't the right listener. Three stars!

 Beyond Dreams by GALLEON album cover Studio Album, 2000
3.41 | 53 ratings

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Beyond Dreams
Galleon Neo-Prog

Review by apps79
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

3 stars In April 99' comes the first strike in Galleon's history, when guitarist Micke Vaern decided to leave the band.His replacement was Sven Larsson, a friend of Ulf Petersson, who spent his time with the band Xinema.The dawn of the millenium marks also the beginning of a long collaboration between Galleon and the Prog label Progress Records.In early 2000 the first product of Galleon for the new label and their sixth full-length release overall sees the light under the title ''Beyond Dreams''.

With the new album the Swedish band returns to the form of their very early works, no epic tracks or suites, just seven mid-length compositions with symphonic and Neo Prog flavors, yet characterized by the great quality of Galleon's latest releases.Again the group offers intelligent, emotional and captivating compositions, where melody meets grandieur, based on excellent piano parts, MARILLION-esque synth lines and expressive vocals.The symphonic tendencies remain in the menu of the group, the great, elaborate guitar solos are still present and the more bombastic, atmospheric passages with the full-synth sound become a trademark of the group.The new album contains plenty of memorable themes, some tremendous keyboard solos and a crystal-clear production to make things even better.A long and epic composition would have made the whole work sound even more attractive, but still all of the new tracks are high in terms of quality with also a good dose of vintage 70's Prog influence, especially in some KING CRIMSON-inspired guitar moves or the GENESIS-flavored keyboard soundscapes.

Dissapointment and Galleon have nothing in common.Another great album by the band, not in the same level as the masterful ''Mind Over Matter'', but very rewarding to say the least.Fine music all the way, strongly recommended, especially to all Neo/Symphonic Prog buffs...3.5 stars.

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