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Impossible Figures [Extra tracks, Limited Edition]

MagellanAudio CD
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)


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Product Details

  • Audio CD (November 4, 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Extra tracks, Limited Edition
  • Label: Inside Out U.S.
  • ASIN: B0000DKKVW
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #471,337 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Gorilla with a Pitchfork (Prelude)
2. Killer of Hope
3. Bach 16 [Instrumental]
4. Late for Church
5. Confessor's Overture
6. Hymn for a Heathen
7. A World Groove
8. Counterpoints
9. Feel the Cross

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Prog Release of 2003 December 6, 2003
Format:Audio CD
Along with Neal Morse Testimony, this is the best prog release of 2003. It's all in magellan vein but with a new musical focus. Killer of Hope is an epic one. The highlights are in the Trent Gardner voice, and in Wayne bass parts!!The best we reached on Late for church, a kansas oriented song!! Killer Of Hope" is a testament to their worthiness as world-class musicians and writers of complex compositions. The catch-all in their music is the way it changes so quickly. Trent will play a beautifully classical passage on his keyboards, quickly it shifts to Wayne banging out sweeping and crushing blows from his six-string, then suddenly it all comes together creating a supernova of musical bliss. It is like watching a volcano flowing from far away, it looks like its moving slow, then you find yourself standing right at the edge of the opening at the top of the mountain were the explosion is forcing out the hot molten lava from the center of the earth incredibly fast. That is what Magellan's music is like. Now that is powerful.
Like progressive rock? This band is one of very best in the world so get this CD.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Stuff from InsideOut Music February 10, 2005
Format:Audio CD
I took a chance on this album because they are carried by InsideOut Music. I was not disappointed. There is great musical talent and impressive song writing. Since I am a huge fan of YES, Genesis, and Spock's Beard, I enjoyed the multiple layers of sound on this CD. I even think that track 9 was meant to be a sort of tribute to Starship Trooper (the ending instrumental is extremely similar--I loved it).

I love epic prog, but if you feel like a break from 15+ minute songs then this might be a good alternative. It certainly is better than the garbage coming out of the radio stations.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A very good album . . . but "bombast" is good! June 30, 2004
By Ryan
Format:Audio CD
I think the statement in one of the previous reviews "doesn't fall prey to long, boring epics with a million ideas like many prog bands" is the exact antithesis to good prog rock (except the boring part, of course). Progressive music is supposed to be full of changes, complexities, different time signatures, instrumentation, etc. Do you know what you get when you remove all of these elements? Just plain rock 'n roll . . . and you can get THAT anywhere. Magellan is one of the many, many, many underexposed bands of this genre, and although Test of Wills is still my favorite Magellan album, this album is well put together, thoughtfully composed and HUGE on talent (I even like the new drummer). Long is good. Complex is good. BOMBAST is very good!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Prog Release of 2003 December 6, 2003
Format:Audio CD
Along with Neal Morse Testimony, this is the best prog release of 2003. It's all in magellan vein but with a new musical focus. Killer of Hope is an epic one. The highlights are in the Trent Gardner voice, and in Wayne bass parts!!The best we reached on Late for church, a kansas oriented song!! Killer Of Hope" is a testament to their worthiness as world-class musicians and writers of complex compositions. The catch-all in their music is the way it changes so quickly. Trent will play a beautifully classical passage on his keyboards, quickly it shifts to Wayne banging out sweeping and crushing blows from his six-string, then suddenly it all comes together creating a supernova of musical bliss. It is like watching a volcano flowing from far away, it looks like its moving slow, then you find yourself standing right at the edge of the opening at the top of the mountain were the explosion is forcing out the hot molten lava from the center of the earth incredibly fast. That is what Magellan's music is like. Now that is powerful.
Like progressive rock? This band is one of very best in the world so get this CD.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not Mind-Blowing, But A Strong Effort July 29, 2010
Format:Audio CD
I read the previous reviewer's comments, which I felt were a bit skewed, especially given that it was the only review, and felt it would keep people from listening to the album for themselves. Otherwise, I might not have been drawn to make this review myself.

First of all, while it is true that Magellan isn't a true band in the sense that Dream Theater or Marillion are real bands, nevertheless, the music recorded on these albums is performed by real musicians, with dynamics and tone that are very characteristic of a band that reveres precision and clarity. Second, I will admit that their music lacks a certain raw quality that one generally expects from a progressive metal act, but I think that Magellan aren't quite as metal as they are progressive, which suits me fine.

Their one serious vice is that, just perhaps, their music does sound a little too clinical at times (Not a problem if you have any interest in modern jazz or Twentieth Century music, which Magellan manages to evoke on occasion). However, it's not fair to say that the music has no hook or bite. Their sound is probably closest to Trevor Rabin-era Yes, if you like that sort of thing, and you can hardly say that music wasn't hook-laden or punchy. And their vocalist is quite adequate for what they do. I've heard other neo-prog acts with far less adequate vocalists than this.

Magellan isn't a favourite band of mine (I'm not a huge fan of music that has strong Christian themes in its lyrics), so I won't drag this out. The point is, if you like progressive rock music, and are in the mood for something a bit newer sounding than The Flower Kings, but something a little less edgy than Porcupine Tree, feel free to give this album a try. If that goes well, you might consider giving Test of Wills a try, which has a more live-in-studio-band feel to it. Good luck.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars How about something original?
It's amazing how too many inexperienced bands can be as predictable as rain - almost all of them have that glossy 'stars in their eyes' look, view themselves as the best band to... Read more
Published on September 13, 2005 by J. Youngblood
5.0 out of 5 stars my personal favorite Magellan release..
I've owned this cd for quite a while now, but i thought i'd put in my two cents. though i don't own much magellan, this is by far my favorite of their releases up to now and this... Read more
Published on November 11, 2004 by Ron Nelson
5.0 out of 5 stars Killer album!
"Impossible Figures" is Magellan's first release for their new record company and is ( in my humble opinion ) their best release yet! Read more
Published on December 5, 2003 by Jaime Patterson
4.0 out of 5 stars Back on Track
Clearly their best and most cohesive album since the 2 early albums ('Hour of Restoration', 'Impending Ascension'). Read more
Published on December 3, 2003
2.0 out of 5 stars Too predictable
It's amazing how some bands just don't understand what 'feelings' are all about. Music is a personal expression yes, but it also has to be fun to listen to. Read more
Published on December 2, 2003 by Gary
2.0 out of 5 stars Same old, same old
For one thing, I've played music for many years, but I'm also a neutral listener. I am most intrigued by the ambience that establishes the true character of each band, known or... Read more
Published on December 2, 2003 by Derek
4.0 out of 5 stars Perhaps this is their best effort...within a ProgMetal genre
Perhaps this is their best effort so far...a mature work, whose definition within a "metal progressive genre" is becoming narrow after a repetitive listen!! Read more
Published on December 1, 2003 by Lethe
4.0 out of 5 stars Great album by Magellan.
Although I've been familiar with the band Magellan for a few years, I never really heard any of their music until now with the release of their latest album "Impossible... Read more
Published on November 13, 2003 by Louie Bourland
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