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Impending Ascension

MagellanAudio CD
3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (November 22, 1994)
  • Original Release Date: November 22, 1994
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Magna Carta
  • ASIN: B000003ZAY
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #362,167 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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4.0 out of 5 stars An acquired taste February 27, 2001
Format:Audio CD
Magellan is one of the more controversial artists on the Magna Carta label, due to the fact that, although they truly have all the hallmarks of progressive rock, a lot of true prog fans just don't like them. As has been said, Trent Gardner has a very distinct style. On the first album, "Hour of Restoration", they sounded like Dream Theater doing an impression of 70s Genesis, plus lyrics whose themes might have come from a high school textbook. On this disc, the vocals come to the forefront, and the songwriting has matured a little, but otherwise, the analogy holds. The result, as always, is some really innovative work that thrills a lot of prog fans and leaves lots of others cold.
My advice regarding all Magellan work: try "Age of Impact", by Explorer's Club, first. It's the essence of all that Trent Gardner has worked toward, but played by musicians whose playing is already enjoyed by prog-metal fans worldwide. If the songwriting style turns you off, Magellan won't please you; if not, then give this and the other two a try.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Magellan - Their Best Album September 13, 2007
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Back when I first "re-discovered" progressive rock back in the mid 90's Magellan was one of the first of the modern era bands that I explored. At the time I thought they were incredible. Over the years I have had more mixed reactions to some of the band's latter albums, but this one still remains one of my favorites. Magellan is pretty typical of the progressive rock label Magna Carta's stable of bands in the 90's. Mixing 70's style progressive rock with bombastic modern metal the band (mainly brothers Trent and Wayne Gardner) whip up a fine album of great music and lyrics. There are three really great tracks on the disc, and they all top the 10 minute mark. The opener "Estadium Nacional", the 2nd track "Waterfront Weirdoes" and track number 6 "Storms And Mutiny" which tells the story of the band's namesake, the explorer Magellan. The short instrumental "No Time For Words" is also good. The rest of the album, "Songsmith", "Virtual Reality" and the short closer "Under The Wire" are all pretty much filler. If you like bombastic metallic prog rock with lots of vocal harmonies and historical / topical lyrics this album might be for you. Personally I think it is the best album that Magellan has put out.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Well I like it! September 21, 2003
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I bought their debut by chance and was hooked. My very first heavy prog purchase. So I had high hopes for Impending. Well after a few listens I nearly dumped it, but gradually the material began to come through. Estadium Nationale, Waterfront Wierdos at 11 minutes each exceed the quality on thier debut. Storms & Mutiny (the other epic) is more difficult to get into, but is a great song after the first frenetic few minutes. Songsmith and Under The Wire are forgettable. I can see why Magellan gets such polarized opinions. You either love them or hate them. Subsequently, Test Of Wills and 100 Year Flood are not to my taste.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Electronic drums are a debit, songs are a plus September 21, 2002
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I strongly disagree that Gardner is a bad songwriter. I think the only problem is that the electronic drums are too trebly and distract from some interesting melodic changes. The middle section of "Waterfront Weirdos" is particularly good. Some songs aren't quite as strong ("Under the Wire" is practically worthless) but most of them have powerful vocal harmonies and complex, intricate changes. And it is surprisingly catchy in places. If electronic drums drive you nuts, don't buy this, but if you can look past that, it's well worth the money.
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4.0 out of 5 stars UNDER THE WIRE July 26, 2002
Format:Audio CD
On this one Trent Gardners voice is sounding like John Anderson
on steroids and the drum machine pounds away sounding like
angry barking dogs but this is still a very good solid CD.
You will need to put some hours in at your local library
to know what the songs are about and it has a steep listening
curve but all in all I like it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars I like's good progressive rock. December 6, 2000
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Hey man, don't knock it if you can't do it. Magellan can do it! They can groove, rock, and, what's the big beef? Imitation is the best compliment, as it were, but I don't think Magellan is really imitating anyone. I think they are the inheritors of Gentle Giant, more than YES. They are and original group, and do quite well on their own. This was the first recording I had been exposed to of theirs, as a result of the tribute to yes cd performance(a friend had turned me on to them, again, my buddy Boone). It took me a few listenings to get into it.....and my favorite track is "storms and mutiny", as it couples my passion for music with my passion for history. I also like "Waterfront Weirdos" as it points out the injustice and tragedy of homeless people.
Hey, it's a good effort.....4 out of 5 stars.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Bombastic Impression! February 13, 2000
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Oke, well. You can say we've heard it all before and it sounds like a mix from Yes/ELP/King Crimson and Dream Theater but what the hell. These 3! guys make bombastic, heavy keyboard dominated sympho rock. The lyrics are not that great and sometimes didn't seem to fit in, but the whole album itselff gave me no bad feeling and was very interesting to listen to. It's the first time I heard an album of them but I will certainly look for more. The mechanical drumming didn't bother me, but it would be nice i've they tried to find one of flesh and blood. It will sure add a more humanly touch to their music. I rate 3 stars. They have to try to find a more identity of themselves.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Magellan - a unique blend of prog and rock
I really like this disc. The lyrics are interesting and range from history to homelessness without being preachy. Read more
Published on July 8, 2005 by J. Evans
1.0 out of 5 stars As The Stomach Churns
One night I dreamed that I was running down a hill, enjoying the freedom and spectral wonders of an open field, the blue skies above, a beautiful green forest, and the many Natural... Read more
Published on August 31, 2003 by Gary
1.0 out of 5 stars One of the worst albums I have herad in my LIFE
I bought this CD, and after hearing it, I think I gave it to my dog to chew it a little bit since he had lost his bone. Read more
Published on February 11, 2003 by "gubietay"
4.0 out of 5 stars UNDER THE WIRE
On this one Trent Gardners voice is sounding like John Anderson
on steroids and the drum machine pounds away sounding like
angry barking dogs but this is still a very... Read more
Published on November 7, 2002 by "purplexed"
1.0 out of 5 stars Please.......
Prog what ?????....... please avoid this CD at all costs, I can't stand the electronic Drums ( it's like Trend have taken the drums from his 15 years old Yamaha 2-octaves... Read more
Published on February 23, 2002 by Daniel Caraballo
2.0 out of 5 stars Save your cash -- there's better prog
I started listening to Magellan because they were a source of progressive rock that I hadn't already exhausted, and which was available in stores. Read more
Published on September 17, 2001
5.0 out of 5 stars A very good album, even after 2 years listening to it
First album I heard from them. I think the critics are not justified, except if you don't like the style - but then look somewhere else. Read more
Published on September 5, 2000 by Serge Hody
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