Progarchives, the progressive rock ultimate discography

MAGELLAN

Heavy Prog • United States


From Progarchives.com, the ultimate progressive rock music website

Magellan picture
Magellan biography
MAGELLAN represents the second wave of sonic explorers, those who sailed in spirit with the most storied of the prog rock pioneers (e.g., GENESIS, KANSA, RUSH, YES) during their youth and now seek to make the journey in practice. At the helm of MAGELLAN are brothers Trent (vocals/keyboards) and Wayne Gardner (guitars), who with bass player Hal Stringfellow Imbrie released their debut album : "Hour of Restoration", in 1991. (Their debut led off with a five-part suite entitled "Magna Carta") An historical concept album about England, it was followed by the similar-sounding "Impending Ascension".

MAGELLAN returned in 1997 with "Test of Wills", which represented a slight departure from the band's original sound (though the group, which now includes drummer Brad Kaiser, remained intact). In 2002, the Gardners released the ambitious "Hundred Year Flood", dedicated to the brother they lost in the Vietnam War.

Though not a prolific band, MAGELLAN's well crafted and ambitious efforts have made them something of a flagship among prog rock's second armada of artists.

Magellan official website

MAGELLAN MP3, Free Download (music stream)


Open extended player in a new pop-up window | Random Playlist (50) | How to submit new MP3s

MAGELLAN forum topics / tours, shows & news


MAGELLAN forum topics Create a topic now
MAGELLAN tours, shows & news Post an entries now

MAGELLAN Videos (YouTube and more)


Showing only random 3 | Search and add more videos to MAGELLAN

Buy MAGELLAN Music


Magellan: Double FeatureMagellan: Double Feature
MAGNA CARTA RECORDS 2015
Audio CD$10.29
$7.55 (used)
Symphony for a MisanthropeSymphony for a Misanthrope
Import
InsideOut Music 2005
Audio CD$7.99
$2.65 (used)
Hundred Year FloodHundred Year Flood
MAGNA CARTA RECORDS 2014
Audio CD$9.44
$3.23 (used)
Innocent GodInnocent God
Import
Musea 2008
Audio CD$13.16
$13.15 (used)
Test of WillsTest of Wills
Magna Carta Records 2014
Audio CD$9.13
$4.56 (used)
IMPENDING ASCENSIONIMPENDING ASCENSION
MAGNA CARTA RECORDS 2014
Audio CD$26.01
$1.97 (used)
Hour of RestorationHour of Restoration
Magna Carta 1991
Audio CD$128.38
$3.45 (used)
Impossible FiguresImpossible Figures
Import
InsideOut Music 2004
Audio CD$4.97
$1.00 (used)
Right Now on Ebay (logo)
MAGELLAN impending ascension Japan 1st press cd 7tracks obi + sticker USD $5.00 [0 bids]
11h 14m
Les Nuages De Magellan: Works For Onde Martenot, L'Ensemble Volta USD $20.41 Buy It Now 13h 10m
DIRTY PROJECTORS-SWING LO MAGELLAN CD NEW USD $14.84 Buy It Now 18h
Savatage - The Wake of Magellan, Atlantic/Lava Records 1998 USD $3.99 Buy It Now 19h 45m
Magellan Street Sessions USD $6.58 Buy It Now 20h 56m
MAGELLAN - HUNDRED YEAR FLOOD CD NEW+ USD $21.37 Buy It Now 21h 11m
Say/Duarte/Lieberman/Francaix/Guang/Dyens/York - Magellan's Playlist Vo [CD New] USD $14.15 Buy It Now 22h 21m
Savatage - The Wake of Magellan (CD, 1998, Atlantic Records) USD $5.55 Buy It Now 23h 27m
MAGELLAN - Hour of Restoration , 1993 korea vinyl lp 8 Tracks , EX+ to NM- / NM USD $22.50 Buy It Now 23h 32m
Magellan - Impending Ascension, 7 track, 1994 Korea LP. USD $45.00 Buy It Now 1 day
DRY KILL LOGIC-Magellan Complex,The CD NEW USD $10.15 Buy It Now 1 day
Magellan - Hundred Year Flood (NEW CD) USD $17.89 Buy It Now 1 day
SAVATAGE - THE WAKE OF MAGELLAN - 13tr 2LP - GER 1997 - 1st PRESSING USD $129.99 Buy It Now 1 day
MAGELLAN - Impossible Figures [W/Bonus Track] [Limited Digibook CD] Import USD $4.99 Buy It Now 1 day
NEW Magellan's Playlist, Vol. 1 CD (CD) Free P&H USD $23.64 Buy It Now 2 days
Magellan - Symphony for a ... NEW CD Sealed Russian Edition USD $9.99 Buy It Now 2 days
Magellaen cd 2000 Eclectic Sound World Instruments Minnesota Skies Magellan USD $11.44 Buy It Now 2 days
Savatage The wake of Magellan - 1997 Edel / In box USD $5.99 Buy It Now 2 days
Swing Lo Magellan by Dirty Projectors (CD, 2012, Domino) USD $0.99 [0 bids]
2 days
18 Metal CDs . Opeth / Kovenant / Ghoul / Magellan USD $66.60 Buy It Now 2 days
Magellan "Hour of Restoration " LP Printed in Korea USD $34.99 Buy It Now 3 days
Mauro Magellan - 4 Corners Of Sweet Hell [CD New] USD $16.95 Buy It Now 3 days
Magellan Hour Of Restoration Japan CD USD $19.99 Buy It Now 3 days
Magellan Test Of Wills Japan CD USD $19.99 Buy It Now 3 days
THE WAKE OF MAGELLAN [DIGIPAK] NEW CD USD $11.23 Buy It Now 3 days
Swing Lo Magellan - Dirty Projectors CD-JEWEL CASE USD $25.49 Buy It Now 3 days
The Wake of Magellan by Savatage (CD, Apr-1998, Lava Records (USA)) USD $3.99 Buy It Now 3 days
MAGELLAN/ HOUR OF RESTORATION.. USD $12.00 Buy It Now 4 days
Les Nuages De Magellan: Works For Onde Martenot, 0752725032520, L'Ensemble Volta USD $18.14 Buy It Now 4 days
Cara C Clouds of Magellan CD Violin Electronica Music 2009 USD $22.49 Buy It Now 4 days
MAGELLAN - MEGALLAN: DOUBLE FEATURE 2 CD NEW+ USD $22.49 Buy It Now 4 days
Savatage-Edge of Thorns/Dead Winter Dead/The Wake of Magellan CD NEW USD $29.39 Buy It Now 4 days
Dirty Projectors-Swing Lo Magellan CD NEW USD $20.91 Buy It Now 5 days
Magellan - Symphony For A Misanthrope [CD New] USD $8.99 Buy It Now 5 days
@ CD SAVATAGE - THE WAKE OF MAGELLAN / EDEL 1997 / LTD EDITION SLIPCASE POSTER USD $9.99 Buy It Now 5 days
Swing Lo Magellan * NEW * Free Priority Shipping, 5034202027225, Dirty Projecto. USD $19.96 Buy It Now 5 days
magellan - impossible figures USD $7.31 [0 bids]
5 days
Savatage The Wake Of Magellan USA Cassette Tape USD $9.99 Buy It Now 5 days
THE WAKE OF MAGELLAN [DIGIPAK] - USED - LIKE NEW CD USD $7.52 Buy It Now 5 days
Magellan: Double Feature Magellan Audio CD USD $26.76 Buy It Now 5 days
Savatage The Wake Of Magellan Import CD '97 USD $12.00 Buy It Now 5 days
Magellan: Double Feature - Magellan New & Sealed CD-JEWEL CASE Free Shipping USD $20.30 Buy It Now 6 days
Savatage The Wake of Magellan digipack CD new 2010 remaster USD $10.99 Buy It Now 6 days
Savatage - The Wake Of Magellan Original Edel Records 1997 Rare Metal Double LP USD $89.00 [0 bids]
6 days
MAGELLAN HUNDRED YEAR FLOOD USD $21.66 Buy It Now 6 days
LES NUAGES DE MAGELLAN: TRISTAN MURAIL - NEW CD USD $17.70 Buy It Now 6 days
THE MAGELLAN COMPLEX - USED - LIKE NEW CD USD $8.79 Buy It Now 6 days
Dirty Projectors - Swing Lo Magellan (Limited Edition) NEW CD USD $14.28 Buy It Now 6 days
Dirty Projectors - Swing Lo Magellan NEW LP USD $21.28 Buy It Now 7 days
Dirty Projectors - Swing Lo Magellan NEW USD $31.70 Buy It Now 7 days
SWING LO MAGELLAN * - USED - LIKE NEW CD USD $15.10 Buy It Now 7 days
The Wake of Magellan by Savatage (Cassette, Apr-1998, Atlantic (Label)) Sealed USD $7.99 Buy It Now 7 days
MAGELLAN'S PLAYLIST, VOL. 1 - USED - LIKE NEW CD USD $15.80 Buy It Now 7 days
LES NUAGES DE MAGELLAN: TRISTAN MURAIL - USED - LIKE NEW CD USD $14.85 Buy It Now 7 days
MAGELLAN - MAGAZINE CUTTINGS COLLECTION (REF T30) USD $10.16 Buy It Now 7 days
Magellan - Impossible Figures [Special Bookcover Edition w/ bonus track], new!! USD $8.99 Buy It Now 7 days
MAGELLAN - TEST OF WILLS CD NEW+ USD $22.49 Buy It Now 7 days
MAGELLAN innocent god PROG METAL 2007 Muse-Wrapped USD $10.99 Buy It Now 7 days
SAVATAGE The Wake Of Magellan Tour Rare Original Official German Tour POSTER USD $14.60 Buy It Now 7 days
SAVATAGE The Wake Of Magellan CD 2010 (15 Tracks) Digipak NEW & SEALED USD $11.47 Buy It Now 8 days
DIRTY PROJECTORS Swing Lo Magellan UK 12-trk watermarked promo test CD USD $7.29 Buy It Now 8 days
Magellan Impending Ascension CD USD $6.36 Buy It Now 8 days
Dirty Projectors, Swing Lo Magellan, USD $7.99 Buy It Now 8 days
* DRY KILL LOGIC - The Magellan Complex - 2 CD SET USD $5.99 Buy It Now 8 days
My Groovy Road by Mauro Magellan CD 5060079260960 MINT/EX+ USD $18.99 Buy It Now 8 days
Magellan's Playlist [The Athens Guitar Duo] [Claudio Records: CR6019-2], The At. USD $20.30 Buy It Now 8 days
Test Of Wills - Magellan (CD Used Very Good) USD $12.03 Buy It Now 8 days
(DW668) Dirty Projectors, Swing Lo Magellan - 2012 DJ CD USD $8.92 Buy It Now 8 days
Magellan's Playlist Vol. 1, New Music USD $15.40 Buy It Now 9 days
MAGELLAN impending ascension 7tr. CD roadrunner 1993 PROG HEAVY USD $8.00 Buy It Now 9 days
Magellan - Impending Asgension NEW CD Sealed Russian Edition USD $9.80 Buy It Now 9 days
Magellan - Hundred Year Flood NEW CD Sealed Russian Edition USD $9.80 Buy It Now 9 days
026245108028 IMPENDING ASCENSION by Magellan MINT - FAST POST CD USD $16.06 Buy It Now 9 days
Les Nuages De Magellan: Works For Onde Martenot L'Ensemble Volta Audio CD USD $22.93 Buy It Now 9 days
THE MAGELLAN COMPLEX NEW CD USD $9.88 Buy It Now 10 days
SWING LO MAGELLAN * [5034202027263] NEW CD USD $17.93 Buy It Now 10 days
MAGELLAN'S PLAYLIST, VOL. 1 NEW CD USD $20.12 Buy It Now 10 days
The Wake of Magellan 4029759041023 by Savatage, CD, BRAND NEW FREE P USD $18.26 Buy It Now 10 days
Les Nuages De Magellan 0752725032520, CD, BRAND NEW FREE P&H USD $23.69 Buy It Now 10 days
Magellan - Magellan: Double Feature (NEW 2CD) USD $17.89 Buy It Now 10 days
MAGELLAN Test Of Wills CD (Near Mint) USD $15.09 Buy It Now 10 days
Magellan - Impossible Figures [CD New] USD $11.18 Buy It Now 10 days
Impossible Figures - Magellan (CD Used Very Good) USD $9.18 Buy It Now 10 days
SAVATAGE the wake of magellan CD 1997 Edel ?- 0089832 CTR Germany USD $12.00 Buy It Now 10 days
SAVATAGE THE WAKE OF MAGELLAN USD $10.00 Buy It Now 11 days
DIRTY PROJECTORS**SWING LO MAGELLAN (W/MP3/EMBOSSED LYRIC TABLET)**VINYL USD $25.95 Buy It Now 11 days
Savatage Collector's Package 3 CD new Edge Of Thorns Dead Winter Dead Magellan USD $21.99 Buy It Now 11 days
Magellan's Playlist Vol. 1 - Say/Duarte/Lieberman/Francaix/Guang/Dyens/York DVD USD $24.60 Buy It Now 11 days
MAGELLAN**DOUBLE FEATURE**2 CD SET USD $12.95 Buy It Now 11 days
MAGELLAN - IMPENDING ASCENSION (RR 9057 2) CD USD $25.00 Buy It Now 11 days
4 Corners of Sweet Hell Mauro Magellan CD USD $25.70 Buy It Now 11 days
Savatage - Wake Of Magellan' [Vinyl New] USD $30.65 Buy It Now 11 days
MAGELLAN - HOUR OF RESTRATION 8tracks, 1992 JAPAN CD W/OBI APCY-8068 USD $14.79 Buy It Now 12 days
Explorers Club / Age of Impact JAPAN Dream Theater Magellan NEW!!!!! #F USD $34.99 Buy It Now 12 days
SAVATAGE THE WAKE OF MAGELLAN 1997 JAPAN CD OBI 2520yen VICP 1ST PRESS USD $21.99 Buy It Now 13 days
SAVATAGE The Wake Of Magellan (Compact Disc CD, 1998) LAVA ATLANTIC 83100-2 USD $11.04 Buy It Now 13 days
SAVATAGE Wake of Magellan - JON OLIVA Chris Caffery Zak Stevens Autograph SIGNED USD $119.99 Buy It Now 13 days
MAGELLAN - Hour Of Restoration Vinyl LP 1993 USD $42.00 Buy It Now 13 days
Magellan - Impossible Figures (2003) CD NEW/SEALED SPEEDYPOST USD $6.97 Buy It Now 13 days
Magellan - Symphony for a Misanthrope (2005) CD NEW/SEALED SPEEDYPOST USD $6.97 Buy It Now 13 days
0 result found for "MAGELLAN"
Visit LPCDressisues.com for more results


More places to buy MAGELLAN music online Buy MAGELLAN & Prog Rock Digital Music online:
  • AmazonMP3: Search for MAGELLAN DRM-Free MP3 Downloads @ AmazonMP3 (USA Only) | AmazonMP3 (UK Only)

MAGELLAN shows & tickets


MAGELLAN has no upcoming shows, according to LAST.FM syndicated events and shows feed

MAGELLAN discography


Ordered by release date | Showing ratings (top albums) | Help Progarchives.com to complete the discography and add albums

MAGELLAN top albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

3.46 | 85 ratings
Hour of Restoration
1991
3.87 | 108 ratings
Impending Ascension
1994
3.68 | 101 ratings
Test Of Wills
1997
3.53 | 74 ratings
Hundred Year Flood
2002
3.42 | 79 ratings
Impossible Figures
2003
3.09 | 86 ratings
Symphony For A Misanthrope
2005
2.76 | 63 ratings
Innocent God
2007

MAGELLAN Live Albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

MAGELLAN Videos (DVD, Blu-ray, VHS etc)

MAGELLAN Boxset & Compilations (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

MAGELLAN Official Singles, EPs, Fan Club & Promo (CD, EP/LP, MC, Digital Media Download)

2.75 | 4 ratings
Dust In The Wind
2012
3.25 | 4 ratings
Keep It
2012
4.00 | 5 ratings
Good To Go
2013

MAGELLAN Reviews


Showing last 10 reviews only
 Test Of Wills  by MAGELLAN album cover Studio Album, 1997
3.68 | 101 ratings

BUY
Test Of Wills
Magellan Heavy Prog

Review by SouthSideoftheSky
Special Collaborator Symphonic Team

3 stars Explorers club

In 1995 and 1996 - between the release of their second album Impending Ascension and this, their third album Test Of Wills - Magellan was involved in the creation of a series of tribute albums to major classic progressive Rock bands. One of these was a tribute to Jethro Tull, and the Gardner brothers contribution to that album seems to have had a powerful influence on Magellan's own music on Test Of Wills. Several songs on this album, perhaps most notably Walk Fast, Look Worried and Jacko, have taken on a distinct Ian Anderson flavour in the song-writing and vocal style, and flute is even added to the palette of Magellan. Preaching The Converted is however in the style of (Magellan's version of) Genesis' Mama.

Another notable change in the band's sound for this album is the addition of real drums, here played by Brad Kaiser. Also, this album is much heavier than previous albums and more guitar oriented and overall less keyboard dominated. While adding real drums is clearly a step forward for the band, it is not matched by the quality of the material. The songs on Test Of Wills are less memorable than those of both the previous two albums and the subsequent one. Maybe they were saving up their best material for the excellent Explorer's Club album Age Of Impact which was released the following year?

Test Of Wills has its moments, but Magellan did better elsewhere. It is an acceptable album, but without doubt my least favourite of Magellan's four albums on the Magna Carta label. My favourites being 2002's Hundred Year Flood and the 1991 debut Hour Of Restoration, both of which have stronger material than what can be found on Test Of Wills.

MEMBERS LOGIN ZONE

As a registered member (register here if not), you can post rating/reviews (& edit later), comments reviews and submit new albums.

You are not logged, please complete authentication before continuing (use forum credentials).

Forum user
Forum password
 Impending Ascension by MAGELLAN album cover Studio Album, 1994
3.87 | 108 ratings

BUY
Impending Ascension
Magellan Heavy Prog

Review by SouthSideoftheSky
Special Collaborator Symphonic Team

3 stars Circumnavigation

Magellan's second album appeared in 1994. Most commentators seem to describe it as a natural continuation of their debut, 1991's Hour Of Restoration, but while there are obvious similarities between the two albums, I personally also see important differences. Many also regard Impending Ascension as an improvement over the debut, but I instead prefer Hour Of Restoration. I find the debut to be a more coherent album, no doubt owing a lot to its conceptual nature, while Impending Ascension comes across more as a collection of unrelated songs.

The track that most resembles the music of the debut is Storms And Mutiny which is a song about Ferdinand Magellan's famous circumnavigation of the Earth (and obviously from where the Gardner brothers have taken their band name). Including No Time For Words, which is an instrumental introduction to the same, it runs to some 14 minutes and readily invites comparison with the equally epic Magna Carta from Hour Of Restoration. In my view, Magna Carta is the better of the two.

Another long track, and the best of this album, is album opener Estadium Nacional which blends the sound of 80's Yes (90125, Big Generator) with the complexities of 70's Yes, and adds some heavy riffs to that and a chorus that reminds me of Boston! Waterfront Weirdos is instead very much in the style of Marillion, with Fish-like vocals and all. Doane Perry of Jethro Tull fame helps out on drums on that one (but the other tracks still have programmed drums). Shorter songs like Songsmith, Virtual Reality, and Under The Wire are not bad at all.

I like this album, but unlike Hour Of Restoration, after hearing Impending Ascension, I feel saturated and have no real desire to start the album again. Recommended, but not as good as Hour Of Restoration.

MEMBERS LOGIN ZONE

As a registered member (register here if not), you can post rating/reviews (& edit later), comments reviews and submit new albums.

You are not logged, please complete authentication before continuing (use forum credentials).

Forum user
Forum password
 Hour of Restoration by MAGELLAN album cover Studio Album, 1991
3.46 | 85 ratings

BUY
Hour of Restoration
Magellan Heavy Prog

Review by SouthSideoftheSky
Special Collaborator Symphonic Team

4 stars Restoring the progressive spirit

Magellan was founded in 1985 and consists of brothers Trent and Wayne Gardner. This debut album was released in 1991 on the freshly initiated Magna Carta label. The album opens with a nearly 15 minute track called precisely that, Magna Carta, and is about the well-known charter of rights. (A side note: Rick Wakeman opened his album Softsword with an equally epic track devoted to the same topic, recorded around the same time!) Progressive Rock was at the start of a revival at this time and releases such as this one was part of that restoration of the genre.

Heavy Prog is probably the most suitable categorization of this band, but there are elements of Neo-Prog and Prog Metal as well. Influences are drawn from a variety of sources - including some of the usual suspects from the classic era of progressive Rock - but this is not retro or derivative. The sound of early Magellan is dominated by modern keyboards, heavy guitar riffs, and anthemic lead and harmony vocals, done by the Gardner brothers themselves who are obviously very talented and good at what they do. I like the energy and sense of urgency of this album.

Being basically a two man band (with some help from Hal Stringfellow Imbrie on bass), they did not have a drummer at this time and thus relied on programmed drums. This could have been a disaster, but actually works surprisingly well! No doubt, the lack of real drums is going to raise sceptical eyebrows, including my own at first. Obviously, a lot of effort has gone into making the drums sound "real" and most of the time it succeeds.

Whatever the album may lack in some technical departments it makes up for in strong melodies and lots of good musical ideas. Good material will always be more important than technical perfection, and once you get past any such issues a set of strong songs reveal themselves. This music is not going to be everyone's cup of tea for sure, but I enjoy this album more than most of Magellan's later albums. Give it a chance, you may be surprised!

MEMBERS LOGIN ZONE

As a registered member (register here if not), you can post rating/reviews (& edit later), comments reviews and submit new albums.

You are not logged, please complete authentication before continuing (use forum credentials).

Forum user
Forum password
 Hundred Year Flood by MAGELLAN album cover Studio Album, 2002
3.53 | 74 ratings

BUY
Hundred Year Flood
Magellan Heavy Prog

Review by SouthSideoftheSky
Special Collaborator Symphonic Team

4 stars O Brother, Where Art Thou?

Hundred Year Flood is Magellan's fourth album and in my opinion their best effort. They had reached maturity at this point in their career and achieved a perfect balance between the various elements of their sound that characterized their earlier albums, toning down the heaviness of the previous Test Of Wills somewhat while turning up the symphonic aspects of the first two albums. This is still very much Heavy Prog, but it is heavy symphonic Prog.

Between this album and the previous one, the two Magellan brothers Trent and Wayne Gardner had both worked on the two Explorer's Club albums, the excellent Age Of Impact, released in 1998, and Raising The Mammoth, released the same year as Hundred Year Flood. They also worked on a solo album by Kansas' Steve Walsh called Glossolalia in 2000. The Gardners obviously learned a lot from creating those albums and working with people from Dream Theater among others.

Admittedly, I was not very impressed when I first tried to listen to this album several years ago. The almost 35 minute epic The Great Goodnight which opens the album was a lot to take in at first. But it clearly left a mark on me, urging me to return someday. It is a complex piece that requires multiple listens to sink in, but it was well worth the effort. The song is a eulogy to Trent's and Wayne's older brother who was killed in the Vietnam war. The a cappella arrangement in the beginning of the piece reminds of Gentle Giant and Yes' Leave It.

Family Jewels is an instrumental interlude that starts out sounding like Jethro Tull - courtesy of none other than Ian Anderson himself who appears here on his signature flute! - and it evolves into sounding like Emerson Lake & Palmer. In addition to Ian Anderson, other guests appearing here include Tony Levin (King Crimson, Anderson Bruford Wakeman Howe) and Robert Berry (collaborator of Steve Howe and Keith Emerson, among many others).

Finally, there is another heavy Prog numer in the anti-war song Brother's Keeper. This song is actually somewhat shorter than it appears as the track ends with a spoken dedication preceded by a minute of silence. The album as a whole clocks in to under 50 minutes, which is praiseworthy as so many bands tend to needlessly fill up entire CD's with music that often overstays its welcome.

Together with Age Of Impact by Explorer's Club, Hundred Year Flood is the Gardners' best work. Highly recommended!

MEMBERS LOGIN ZONE

As a registered member (register here if not), you can post rating/reviews (& edit later), comments reviews and submit new albums.

You are not logged, please complete authentication before continuing (use forum credentials).

Forum user
Forum password
 Impossible Figures by MAGELLAN album cover Studio Album, 2003
3.42 | 79 ratings

BUY
Impossible Figures
Magellan Heavy Prog

Review by kev rowland
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

4 stars Now on their fifth album, it is often hard when listening to Magellan to realise that apart from a guest drummer, this is a two man band. Trent Gardner provides the vocals and keyboards while his brother Wayne provides all of the guitars. The music they create will be extremely familiar to all fans of Kansas, and it is of no surprise that Trent has worked with Steve Walsh in the past. The album starts with a small instrumental interlude, quaintly titled "Gorilla With A Pitchfork". The keyboards build and the music takes on a more dramatic, driving edge. This fades out to be replaced with "Killer Of Edge" ? treated vocals give way to the guitar and gradually the song builds more and more, becoming a progressive rocker. This is the longest song on the album, at just over ten minutes and is succeeded by a piano/organ piece, "Bach 16" which in some ways sounds out of place yet also very much at home.

Dramatic and frantic drumming heralds the start of "Late For Church", which is again followed by another instrumental. This move from instrumental to song then back again provides a deal of emphasis, and the highly vocal "Hymn For A Heathen" is a joy with great vocal harmonies. Overall there are nine songs, and at no time can the listener even contemplate moving away or playing something else instead. This is a prog album that has its' roots very much in a similar vein to Kansas while trying to do something new, and any fans of one will enjoy very much the music of the other. Yet another extremely solid album from the Gardner brothers.

Originally appeared in Feedback #78, April 2004

MEMBERS LOGIN ZONE

As a registered member (register here if not), you can post rating/reviews (& edit later), comments reviews and submit new albums.

You are not logged, please complete authentication before continuing (use forum credentials).

Forum user
Forum password
 Test Of Wills  by MAGELLAN album cover Studio Album, 1997
3.68 | 101 ratings

BUY
Test Of Wills
Magellan Heavy Prog

Review by progaardvark
Prog Reviewer

4 stars Test of Wills was the follow-up to Magellan's Impending Ascension album. A complete shift in both musical style and sound took place on this album. The two most noticeable changes are a large incorporation of prog metal into the overall sound and the replacement of programmed drums with a human drummer. The latter was a great idea, althought Magellan could hold their own with programmed drums, something very few artists can pull off and turn them into something good. The addition of prog metal was a surprise and it has it's good and bad sides to it. The good is that the on some songs it gives it a good energy kick. The bad is that sometimes this style doesn't fit the quirkiness of Magellan's music. Another downside is that Trent Gardner's keyboards took a back seat, something I think is sorely missing from this album.

Magellan also seems to have picked up some Jethro Tull influences, in particular on the song Jacko. It's so convincing that it almost sounds like a rip-off, though I'm sure they did this as a tribute. By this time, all of their previous influences seem to have been shed and now Magellan has it's own sound.

Although I found this album an interesting experience, at times it seemed difficult because of the sudden shift in their sound. Also worth noting is that this incorporation of prog metal back in 1997 pre- dates many of the other neo prog bands that would do this in the early 2000s.

I like a lot of the material on this album, but it has a healthy dose of filler and that's the main reason I cannot rate it nearly as good as their previous effort. Consider it worth 3.5 stars, rounded up to four.

MEMBERS LOGIN ZONE

As a registered member (register here if not), you can post rating/reviews (& edit later), comments reviews and submit new albums.

You are not logged, please complete authentication before continuing (use forum credentials).

Forum user
Forum password
 Impending Ascension by MAGELLAN album cover Studio Album, 1994
3.87 | 108 ratings

BUY
Impending Ascension
Magellan Heavy Prog

Review by progaardvark
Prog Reviewer

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.

MEMBERS LOGIN ZONE

As a registered member (register here if not), you can post rating/reviews (& edit later), comments reviews and submit new albums.

You are not logged, please complete authentication before continuing (use forum credentials).

Forum user
Forum password
 Hour of Restoration by MAGELLAN album cover Studio Album, 1991
3.46 | 85 ratings

BUY
Hour of Restoration
Magellan Heavy Prog

Review by progaardvark
Prog Reviewer

3 stars Magellan's debut album came out at around the time that progressive rock was starting to return from the demise it suffered throughout the 1980s (with a few small exceptions). This album came out around the time Magna Carta Records started issuing tribute albums to the likes of Pink Floyd, Genesis, and Yes. In fact, Magna Carta Records may have played a key role as one of the initial kickstarts prog rock needed to make its comeback in the United States. In other words, they reached out to those audiences that still loved the greats from the 1970s and at the same time introduced them to new bands. Hey, it worked for me, because I in turn did seek out albums from Magellan, Cairo, and others on this label. Then the Internet took off, and voila!

History lessons aside, Magellan's debut has a lot of promise and a lot to be learned. Where Magellan excels is in their longer pieces. Where they seem to suffer is in their shorter songs, which for the most part were filler to make a complete album. Another place where some may think they suffer is in the lack of a human drummer. That sets off red flags in more than one prog listener, but if they're done right, you'll find that many a listener will find the results acceptable; maybe not even notice it. And that seems to be the case, for the most part, with Magellan. If you want to do really good programmed drums, you need to listen to Magellan's first two albums; otherwise you find a human to do it (which is what they did on their third album).

Influences seem to be chiefly Kansas, maybe a little Genesis, and some AOR hints from Asia. Keyboard work is stellar. Trent Gardner is vastly underrated in this department and that may be because he seems to take a back seat on later Magellan albums and some of the side projects he has worked on. His keyboard prowess shines on this album, and even more on the next album. Hour of Restoration also incorporates a lot if historical subjects, something Magellan will be noted for throughout their career.

In conclusion, a mixed bag, but a small beacon of light shining through the travesty of late 1980s and early 1990s popular music. Magellan would improve greatly on their next album.

MEMBERS LOGIN ZONE

As a registered member (register here if not), you can post rating/reviews (& edit later), comments reviews and submit new albums.

You are not logged, please complete authentication before continuing (use forum credentials).

Forum user
Forum password
 Hundred Year Flood by MAGELLAN album cover Studio Album, 2002
3.53 | 74 ratings

BUY
Hundred Year Flood
Magellan Heavy Prog

Review by b_olariu
Prog Reviewer

3 stars Magellan's Hundred year flood from 2002 ia another worthy album from this band. I've always had a soft spot for this band since I've discovered them more then 10 years ago. Certanly the Magellan's music is an aquaring taste for some listners and not many embrace their unique sound and manner of composing, Trent Grtner is , at least for me one of the most underrated figuers from prog music. With this album the band optaing for a heavier side of prog music, heavy prog is best I can describe this album, with less symphonic arrangements as on previous album and even less symphonic as next two albums aswell. This is the last album on Magna Carts from next release Impossible figuers the band sign with Inside Out label. Some well known guest appear here like Ina Anderson on flute on the instrumental piece Family Jewels, Tony Levin on bass on last track aswell Robert Berry with George Bellas done some guitar works on the rest. Well this is a fairly decent towards in places great, but I don't think is among their best, in fact Magellan doesn't have weak album, only some of them are more or less atractive to my ears. Still this album worth to be investigated if you are a fan of the band as I am. The instrumental piece is to the best from here, adark atmosphere ambrace the listner where the flute of the charistmatic and unmatched musicin Ian Anderson shine from every angle, very nice mid paced tune with nice passages. The rest of the two are ok, the first one clocking around 35 min divided in 13 small pieces, linket together very nicely. So, 3 stars rounded up to 3.5 because Iike this band and all the labums released across the years.

MEMBERS LOGIN ZONE

As a registered member (register here if not), you can post rating/reviews (& edit later), comments reviews and submit new albums.

You are not logged, please complete authentication before continuing (use forum credentials).

Forum user
Forum password
 Innocent God by MAGELLAN album cover Studio Album, 2007
2.76 | 63 ratings

BUY
Innocent God
Magellan Heavy Prog

Review by Gatot
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

2 stars Well, I have to say it bluntly that this band has been stuck in the middle. In some ways the Gardner brother wanted to push the music into symphonic arena through the exploration of keyboards while maintaining its composition on song orientation. One of the strong requirement for song orientated music is the melody. Unfortunately this album fall short on this as there is basically no melodic track demonstrated from this album. I was actually quite impressed the first time I listened to this album through its opening track Invisible Bright Man (6:20). It's not an excellent one but it's quite good opener. Unfortunately the next tracks are putting me into 'getting bored' corner. In fact, when I listen to this album I always expect when it would be over because I cannot stand myself with the boring musical passages that rely heavily on keyboard but practically very little to offer - there is no inventive keyboard solos that can lift me up with the music. I tend to stop the music, really. I find the track Found also quite interesting but again it then getting e bored again.

Well, I think the band should rejuvenate its strategy in making good music even though this album is not bad at all, but it's not quite good. It's for collectors only. So I have to put with two- star rating. Keep on proggin' ...! Wake up Gardners!!!

Peace on earth and mercy mild - GW

MEMBERS LOGIN ZONE

As a registered member (register here if not), you can post rating/reviews (& edit later), comments reviews and submit new albums.

You are not logged, please complete authentication before continuing (use forum credentials).

Forum user
Forum password
Thanks to ProgLucky for the artist addition. and to Raff for the last updates

Copyright Prog Archives, All rights reserved. | Legal Notice | Privacy Policy | Advertise | RSS + syndications

Other sites in the MAC network: JazzMusicArchives.com — the ultimate jazz music virtual community | MetalMusicArchives.com — the ultimate metal music virtual community


Server processing time: 1.17 seconds