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Decoding Soul Import

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Japanese edition of the progressive metal act's third album features 11 tracks including 1 bonus track, 'Relay Torque'. Avalon. 2003.

1. New Dimension
2. Walk Through The Fire
3. To Find A Reason
4. Lies Within The Truth
5. Torn
6. Facing The Unknown
7. The Sands Of Time
8. Dead In Their Tracks
9. Thirty Days Of Night
10. Changes
11. Relay Torque (Bonus Track)

Product Details

  • Audio CD (December 29, 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Marquee Inc. Japan
  • ASIN: B0000W3P5U
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #740,894 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Andrew P. Banas on September 7, 2004
Format: Audio CD
This is an excellent CD for those who enjoy great rock musicians and singers performing full-bore, melodic songs. As you would expect the guitar playing is supreme, the band is over the top and tight, the singer is a REAL singer and the production is excellent (make sure you EQ this CD flat, otherwise you will lose the excellent lead vocals). This CD is much more listenable then a lot of progressive rock, such as Symphony X and Dream Theater. If you want great musicians playing songs that you can enjoy than this is an excellent choice. As great as the band is, the singer ensures that you get your moneys worth as he is up to the task and has what sounds like a well trained voice.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Brian Cassidy on January 15, 2004
Format: Audio CD
This is another amazing release from Magnitude 9. As far as the style, it is very similar to their last album, Reality in Focus. Rather than a new direction, it is more of an extension from that album. Rather than try to explain their sound to you, you should listen to the samples of Reality in Focus. This one does have a slightly heavier feel to it, due to more low end and slightly more distorted guitars. It includes some amazing guitar work, and plenty of subtle yet effective keyboard sounds. Now the question that you probably are asking; The production has been completely reworked with this one. After listening to the entire album at a loud volume, I noticed that their was not once that it hurt my ears, and the sound is crystal clear. The only downfall to this album is that it is rather short. The songs all tend to be in the 4-5 minute range, with ten tracks clocking at 45 minutes. Don't let this turn you away though, it is an album that is well worth the price. I will be listening to it for a long time.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A. Coulson on April 26, 2006
Format: Audio CD
I'm very impressed with this disc. For those unfamiliar with the band, they play song-oriented prog metal. The best description would be a blend of early Labyrinth w/ 'parallels'-era Fates Warning. While the musicianship is very strong, they don't feel the need to drag the songs out while endlessly showing off; Kudos. This album seems a lil' heavier than earlier material I've heard, perhaps the new bassist helped out in this regard (?). Only complaint would be that many of the songs are similarly paced and thus sorta 'same-sounding', but it's still a great album. Stand-out tracks IMO are 'New Dimmension', 'Torn', and the speedier 'Dead in Their Tracks'.

Definitely worth checking out for fans of Labyrinth or 90's Fates Warning.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Ghost In The Ruins on May 28, 2004
Format: Audio CD
Magnitude 9 is one of my favorite discoveries, next to Jorn Lande that is! I'm not going to give you the same ol' review we read time and time again on Amazon! With that in mind, I'll just say that Decoding the Soul is well produced, the songs are solid with no filler, and that it's completly different from their previous effort, Reality In Focus....which is a good thing! Some bands get into the pattern of releasing the same record over and over, and that's not the case with Magnitude 9, so far anyway! I also recommend Masterplan, Balance of Power's Heathen Machine, Tad Morose, and anything from Nightwish and Symphony X!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By George Dionne VINE VOICE on March 23, 2004
Format: Audio CD
What's good about it?
Double-kick drums spearhead "New Dimension." You'll notice that the guitars are solid, but not overbearing. The track emphasizes pleasant keyboard tones and symmetrical vocals. A simple, yet effective lick guides us into the straight up rocker, "Lies Within the Truth". Rob Johnson unleashes a fury of hammer-ons and pull-offs during his solo break. Some futuristic sound effects are incorporated into "To Find a Reason." The rhythm boarders on an industrial tinge, but the fuzzy chords and lightening quick solos say different. You'll hear that Johnson displays some neo-classical guitar work on "Dead in Their Tracks" and "Turn." Tempo wise, these tracks are complete opposites. The first is fast paced, while the latter is an emotional love ballad. "Changes" alternates between clean guitar tones and heavily distorted power chords. The strong, multi-rhythmic song "Sands of Time" concludes the album. It's a tale about growing older that is quite compelling.

Anything bad?
Almost four years since their last album and all you get is ten tracks.

Bottom Line
Some progressive CDs really confuse me; is it a concept album or a regular album? My guess is that Decoding the Soul is a futuristic tale similar to the V mini-series; aliens come in peace, but turn out to be evil. I'm usually wrong about these things, but concepts are open for interpretation. Either way, Magnitude Nine's latest is a great combination of European and U.S. inspired metal.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By T. Zeppa on February 15, 2004
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
This is some really great metal here. This album is one of those rare albums that is consistent all the way through. It delivers good tunes from start to finish. Rob Johnson definitely shreds on the 7 string as he usually does. The songwriting on this album is definitely better than their last album Reality in Focus (which is still damn good too). I havent enjoyed an album this much since The Odyssey from Symphony X.
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