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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.
b_olariu | 4/5 |


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