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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: #526,076 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
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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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great album by Magellan. November 13, 2003
Format:Audio CD
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 Figures". With nothing to compare it to, I can honestly say that this band has released an extraordinary effort.
Magellan is a two-piece group consisting of brothers Trent and Wayne Gardner. Trent is the main songwriter, keyboardist and lead singer. Wayne is the guitarist. The band displays an original brand of progressive rock that is heavily influenced by the likes of Jethro Tull and Kansas. Trent's vocals at times sound like Ian Anderson while Wayne displays some similarities to Martin Barre.
Standout tracks include the 10-minute "Killer Of Hope", "Late For Church", the very Keith Emerson-like "Confessor's Overture", the Kansas-esque "Hymn For a Heathen" and the Tull-influenced "Counterpoints".
The limited edition of the album comes in a hard-cover CD booklet and features an excellent instrumental bonus track "Halluncination Suite Part 1 - Uppers and Downers". Musically, this track is less psychedelic than it's actual title. It combines ambient keyboards with driving rock rhythms and finishes with a drum solo.
"Impossible Figures" is definitely a great first buy for those just discovering Magellan. These gifted brothers definitely have an original sound that's influenced by the greats. It's worth checking out.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Back on Track December 3, 2003
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Clearly their best and most cohesive album since the 2 early albums ('Hour of Restoration', 'Impending Ascension'). Don't be fooled by the shorter songs - this is classic Magellan all the way.
Magellan have managed yet again to find an excellent drummer (Jason Gianni) to play Trent Gardner's incredibly complex twists and turns. But Wayne Gardner steals the show on this album. His rock solid guitar and bass work really shine. Trent's vocals and keyboards are good as always (wish he would use a real Hammond though).
The change in labels from Magna Carta to InsideOut has apparently been a good move, because this album sounds much better sonically than typical Magna Carta releases do.
In short, if you are already a Magellan-head, you should feel right at home with this.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Not Mind-Blowing, But A Strong Effort
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... Read more
Published on July 29, 2010 by Lee McIlmoyle
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
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
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