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MagentaAudio CD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (May 13, 2008)
  • Original Release Date: 2008
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Laser's Edge
  • ASIN: B0016CPJ8O
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #287,427 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Ken Golden, Laser's Edge Director of Operations, announces the signing of the British progressive rock band Magenta for the exclusive North American release of their fourth studio album, titled Metamorphosis.

The Laser's Edge will release Metamor

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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Do not overlook this prog rock masterpiece! March 3, 2009
Format:Audio CD
Okay so I'm a huge prog rock and prog metal fan... and if you are a longtime fan of the genre like myself, you probably know that these bands are always experimenting and changing their styles and sounds from one album to the next.. and sometimes they get lucky and pop out a classic - an album that is near perfection from start to finish. Dream Theater did it with SCENES FROM A MEMORY, Yes did it with CLOSE TO THE EDGE, Genesis did it with THE LAMB LIES DOWN ON BROADWAY.. ask any fan of the genre and they'll probably agree with my above list..

Magenta crafts an undisputable progressive-rock masterpiece with METAMORPHOSIS - an album that can hold it's own with the best prog albums of all time... seriously! I had heard a couple of Magenta albums before this one, and really.. they were nothing special. I only paid attention to this one so much because of the abnormally long songs, and because I was recently impressed with an album from the Magenta bassists side project The Reasoning (AWAKENING)...

The performances on this album, on every instrument, are very impressive and inspiring. I'm listening to the album (METAMORPHOSIS) right now for the third time today, and I've been having it for at least 2 months. These four songs are so good.. it's crazy. You really need to at least grab one of them and check it out.. here's my rundown:

1. "The Ballad Of Samuel Layne"
The album opens with this 20 minute plus tour de force about a soldier who goes to war and leaves his family behind.. it's just an instant classic and an incredible song at every twist and turn. Within the first few minutes you'll get slammed by upbeat prog peppered with very tasteful guitar and keyboard solos, then 7 minutes in you get to the amazingly subtle soft piano driven part of the song..
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good prog band that shows sign of future success December 29, 2009
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Gift from my wife for X-Mas. I like this band's approach. The EPIC songs are interesting and this band has a lot of promise. I will get more of their CDs in the future.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I was a sucker... September 9, 2011
Format:MP3 Music|Verified Purchase
I had never heard of Magenta until I randomly found them here, on Amazon...

The two 20+ minute tracks are what lured me into buying this album. I figured they would be a band to satisfy my addiction to epic-length songs such as Frost's "Milliontown". I previewed every song before I purchased it. Alright, so the previews sounded great, but I didn't have enough time to go on Youtube to preview the entire songs. So, I decided to take a chance. I bought it, saved it, listened to it in the car the day after. I must say, I have never enjoyed driving my car as much as I did that day.

This album was totally worth the chance I took. Upon first hearing Christina Booth's lovely voice, I was a little skeptical, but that changed quickly. Her first lines in the first track, The Ballad of Samuel Layne, I felt were a bit weak. But that was the only point in the entire album I can say that about. The rest of the song left me breathless. The song is long and complex enough so that it's difficult to remember how it progresses, which gives the song a lot of "replay value" since it's impossible to hear everything after the first several (or even many) listens. (This can also be said for track 3.) The Ballad of Samuel Layne is lyrically beautiful and musically captivating, probably the best song on the CD. Although, it's difficult to choose which is the 'best' since the rest shine in many ways as well.

Prekestolen is the second, and the shortest song on the album. It's a cute and somewhat haunting melodic piece. Very catchy, at least to me, and is always a joy to hear when it pops up randomly on my media player. Not much else to add.

Metamorphosis, the title track, is the longest song on the album.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just buy it! May 3, 2011
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There are few bands that I'll buy an album from without listening to it first but Magenta is one of my chosen few.

Metamorphosis is a stunning musical achievement from the gifted Rob Reed surrounded by the equally talented (and beautiful) Christina Booth as well as guitar wizard Chris Fry. The other supporting members have fluctuated over the years but have always been top notch.

Magenta's music has always had strong (and unabashed) Yes, Genesis and even Pink Floyd influences but with Magenta's own unique sound. Think of those influences as ingredients that make up the Magenta dish but don't overpower but rather enhance the flavor.

Just 4 tracks make up this powerfully emotional album about Life, love, death and the afterlife as well as questions about those beliefs. This is a harder, darker effort than Magenta's previous albums but they've really outdone themselves musically and it's my favorite release to date. If you like the bands mentioned above you'll absolutely love Magenta and Metamorphosis.

Like all complex musical pieces it takes several good listens to take it all but once you do it'll grab you and never let go! Christina has the best voice in the business hands down - I never tire of hearing her soaring vocals, Chris Fry's guitar playing and Rob Reeds arrangements.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Taking Prog to the next level. October 5, 2013
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Just became aware of Magenta when featured their new release "The 27 Club" on their outstanding website. In the week since, I've grown to love it, and Metamorphosis. Magenta shows undeniable Yes influences, and hints of other familiar bands, but the end result is a clean, fresh, and nuanced sound that is unlike anything I've heard (and I probably have 60 prog rock albums by various artists). I'm waiting with baited breath for my 27 Club and Chameleon albums to arrive, but in the meantime have spun Metamorphosis twice a day, and like it better every time (which, to me, is the measure of a great album). As far as I can tell, Metamorphosis is the sole downloadable Magenta album on Amazon, so it's a great and affordable intro for neophytes. Wish their work was more affordable here, but sometimes you have to bite the bullet and ante up. My other favs (for perspective) are Kino, Frost*, It Bites, Porcupine Tree, and almost anything Steven Wilson is involved with.
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