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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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2.90 | 30 ratings
Lynx
1992
3.32 | 30 ratings
Heritage And Visions
1994
3.77 | 41 ratings
King Of Aragon
1995
3.41 | 30 ratings
The All European Hero
1996
3.69 | 52 ratings
Mind Over Matter
1998
3.40 | 42 ratings
Beyond Dreams
2000
3.67 | 86 ratings
From Land To Ocean
2003
3.17 | 37 ratings
Engines Of Creation
2007
3.55 | 55 ratings
In The Wake Of The Moon
2010

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3.00 | 1 ratings
At This Moment In Time
1994

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 From Land To Ocean  by GALLEON album cover Studio Album, 2003
3.67 | 86 ratings

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From Land To Ocean
Galleon Neo-Prog

Review by friso
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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!

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 From Land To Ocean  by GALLEON album cover Studio Album, 2003
3.67 | 86 ratings

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From Land To Ocean
Galleon Neo-Prog

Review by apps79
Special Collaborator Neo Prog Team

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.

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 In The Wake Of The Moon by GALLEON album cover Studio Album, 2010
3.55 | 55 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!

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 From Land To Ocean  by GALLEON album cover Studio Album, 2003
3.67 | 86 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!

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 Beyond Dreams by GALLEON album cover Studio Album, 2000
3.40 | 42 ratings

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Beyond Dreams
Galleon Neo-Prog

Review by apps79
Special Collaborator Neo Prog Team

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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 From Land To Ocean  by GALLEON album cover Studio Album, 2003
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From Land To Ocean
Galleon Neo-Prog

Review by sinslice

5 stars Neo-prog at its best.

No more and no less original than the last work of Steven Wilson or Riverside. More elaborate or progressive than latest from Rush, to whom they have been compared previously.

Maybe not the quality of those in virtuosity, but in relation to composition and exposure adjusted itself. Disc two consists of a single song of 52 minutes, divided into 19 sections. Traces the history of planet earth and humanity along with their frustrations and hopelessness. An extremely captivating musical journey with energetic passages, and others more reflective and calm. The disc 1 is composed of individual songs. The song Land with a celtic touch through flute and bozouki. The softness and melancholy of Solitude. The changing passages of Three Colours and The Price. And the power of Fall of Fame.

It is a very compact and consolidated work. Mind Over Matter also recommend this band. Rating 4.5

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 In The Wake Of The Moon by GALLEON album cover Studio Album, 2010
3.55 | 55 ratings

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In The Wake Of The Moon
Galleon Neo-Prog

Review by b_olariu
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3 stars Galleon's lates album to date from 2010 named In the wake of the moon is another worthy album from their catalogue. To me Galleon is one of the most consistent bands I've ever hered, they don't have weak albums, each release got something to offer to the listner. This 2010 album is somehow to my ears little diffrent , the neo prog atmosphere is only here and there they optaining for old school progressive rock. Anyway some great passages here, the guitars and keyboards has an important role, with long instrumental passages. Lenghty pieces again like on every Galleon album, with elaborated parts and quite complicated aswell. The best moments are to me, the opening track and the excellent instrumental Childs Play. So, all in all a pleasent one for sure but I don't think it reaches the beauty of the '90's albums, their best period to me. 3 stars, good but nothing is really impressive, only good.

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 The All European Hero by GALLEON album cover Studio Album, 1996
3.41 | 30 ratings

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The All European Hero
Galleon Neo-Prog

Review by b_olariu
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4 stars Galleon is no doubt one of my fav bands ever and probably in my top 3 best neo prog bands. I simply love this band and I have a soft spot for each album they got, specially those released in the '90s. The all european hero from 1996 continues the neo prog tradition we get use from previous albums , but this time this album is concentrated more on keyboards and vocals, the guitar parts are left little bit behind. Not bad at all, what we have here is long pieces with lush instrumental harmonies, beautiful vocal arrangements and some superb keyboards. This is definetly the kind of neo prog I like, they have that something that other bands from this genre doesn't have. All pieces stands as great with a plus on opening track The All European intro , Traffalgar Square and the excellent lenghty instrumental European Anthem. All in all a very worthy neo prog album, at least for me, I'm a fan of the band for years and with each listning I discover new and enjoyble arrangements. Among the best Galleon albums for sure. Love this band, greta cover art. 4 stars easy.

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 Beyond Dreams by GALLEON album cover Studio Album, 2000
3.40 | 42 ratings

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Beyond Dreams
Galleon Neo-Prog

Review by progrules
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4 stars Ever since their third release it never ceases to amaze me how consistent this band is. The first two albums were there to mature and after that they grabbed their momentum to never let go anymore. And that's quite an achievement. Also with this first one in the new millenium they haven't done a stap back really. Another album full of winners and high quality music.

And the high quality goes for both execution as composition. These men are so good in writing songs of medium (prog)length (7-12 minutes) of which they made several dozens through the years. It suits them best obviously and it's incredible how they keep writing them on and on. Highlights are the two opening tracks Before the Sunrise and Let us be Amazed which are even slightly better than excellent in my opinion. The rest is slightly less but that's hardly surprising I would say.

In the end also this album is easily good enough for a four star reward, maybe somewhat rounded up from 3,8 or 3,9 but there is no doubt for me. My champions of consistency.

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 Lynx by GALLEON album cover Studio Album, 1992
2.90 | 30 ratings

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Lynx
Galleon Neo-Prog

Review by Kiwi1

2 stars "Now, hold on, what does the beginning of this track ('Eternal Shadows') remind me of? Ah, yes, got it...'Kids in America' by Kim Wilde. Kim Wilde, the 1980s British icon of pop? Well, yes, there certainly is some resemblance ? the catchy, driving melody, the sharp, almost electronic, drum beat punctuation, the synthetic keyboard accompiment almost shouting 1980s pop production values. OK, 'Kids in America' might have been a good piece of well crafted pop but, hey, it was 'Pop' and here we're listening to something supposed to be Progressive Rock? Surely Kim Wilde's 1980s output and Progressive Rock are two incompatible forms of music?" Such were the thoughts passing through my mind as I listened to this album. And they indicate a problem which so often plagues supposedly 'Neo-Prog' music: 'Lynx' does offer some nice, catchy songs and, yes, the lyrics are generally intelligent and not too cringe-worthy and there is at least one fairly lengthy track which at least nods in the direction of having an 'epic' structure. But how does the music stand up as a piece of Progressive Rock? There is little in the way of harmonic invention, instrumental virtuosity, development of musical themes in anything other than the most rudimentary form...and it sounds so much like a 1980s Pop production. So although the album does not, by any means, deliver an unbearable listening experience, it falls radically short with respect to all the values by which I am usually drawn to Progressive Rock. Nevertheless, I suppose it does posses some qualities ? primarily the 'pleasant' song writing attributes ? which suggest that Galleon might be capable of providing some more notable Progressive Rock in their later albums.

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