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Album Review

Magellan's Impending Ascension is a truly great progressive rock work. Following the same formula as the previous Hour of Restoration, Impending Ascension features better, more consistent songwriting and a harder-edged sound. "Estadium Nacional" and "Waterfront Weirdos," both 11-minutes long, get the album off to a great start. They both feature timing and melody changes that have to be heard to be appreciated. Combined with the new, harder-edged sound, it's clear that Magellan has found its niche with this album. "Songsmith" and "Virtual Reality" are excellent five-minute songs, with the former built around a strong guitar riff and the latter around a strong melody. The last song of any consequence, "Storms and Mutiny," another 11-minute song, is about Magellan namesake Ferdinand Magellan's circumnavigation of the globe. This song builds throughout, reaching great intensity by the end on both guitar and vocals. Impending Ascension is a classic progressive rock album.


Genre: Rock

Years Active: '90s, '00s

Magellan is a truly unique progressive rock band, especially in its lyrics; on its first couple of albums, in particular, Magellan emphasizes historical lyrics. If you are looking for a song about the signing of the Magna Carta or the group's namesake, Magellan, circumnavigating the globe, then Magellan is the band for you. It was Ferdinand Magellan's spirit of adventure and willingness to take risks that caused bandleader Trent Gardner to name his band Magellan. Trent wrote all the songs and sand...
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