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Reality in Focus Import

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Audio CD, Import, September 13, 2004
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MAGNITUDE 9 Reality In Focus CD

1. No Turning Back
2. What My Eyes Have Seen
3. Far Beyond Illusion
4. Afterlife
5. The End of Days
6. Lost Along the Way
7. Flight of Icarus
8. Temples of Gold
9. Quiet Desperation
10. Mind over Fear

Product Details

  • Audio CD (September 13, 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Inside Out
  • ASIN: B000058AMY
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #818,294 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By geetarfreak on October 3, 2002
Format: Audio CD
Magnitude 9 are a truly great prog metal band. The songs are very well written and produced. The obvious strength of the band is guitarist Rob Johnson. Rob has impressive technique. However, he does shred a little too much at times. His melodic playing needs some work. The keyboards are very strong. Corey Brown is one of the best singers I have heard. He has a very unique sound and he sings with passion and feeling. This band should be placed up there with Dream Theater, Symphony X, Shadow Gallery, and Ice Age. My favorite tunes are "Afterlife" and "What My Eyes Have Seen". This album is worth every penny and will never get old. You owe it to yourself to buy this disc.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By R. Gorham on February 10, 2006
Format: Audio CD
THE BAND: Corey Brown (vocals), Rob Johnson (guitars), Kevin Chown (bass), Joseph Anastacio Glean (keyboards), John Homan (drums).

THE DISC: (2000) 10 songs clocking in at approximately 59 minutes. All music written by Magnitude 9 with the exception of "Flight Of Icarus" (written by Iron Maiden's Bruce Dickinson and Dave Smith, 1983). All lyrics written by Corey Brown. Included with the disc is a 6-page booklet with song lyrics and thank you's. The only band picture is on the back of the CD case. Label - Inside/Out.

COMMENTS: I read impressive reviews here on Amazon and on the band's website, however this album does not jump out at me like I had hoped it would. A few very good songs mixed in with simply to much filler. Don't get me wrong, the band members are extremely talented musicians, but the song writing just doesn't strike me as anything overly impressive, addicting or memorable for that matter. Best songs are the opener "No Turning Back" and their redention of Iron Maiden's old classic "Flight Of Icarus"... good job. Rob Johnson can shred, but in my opinion he grandstands too much (remniscent of Jack Black's character Dewey Finn in "School Of Rock")... untamed and unstructured. Corey Brown can definitely sing, but he's nothing original. He's absolutely somewhere between Ray Adler (Fates Warning) and Geoff Tate (Queensryche). Perhaps too much emphasis on the keyboards in too many songs for my liking. You'll be thinking the music in general reminds you of some of those 2nd tier progressive rock bands like Enchant, Vanden Plas, Ice Age, Evergrey, Fates Warning, etc. For me, I still enjoy the mainstream (1st tier) progressive acts too much - i.e. Dream Theater, Spock's Beard, Symphony X, Porcupine Tree - in order to give bands like Magnitude 9 a lot of time on my CD player.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Greg Hasbrouck on February 26, 2001
Format: Audio CD
Magnitude 9's latest offering, Reality in Focus, is a definite "must buy". Everything about this disc, and this band, is a breath of fresh air. While it seems that so many other progressive metal bands, are embroiled in a holy war over who can write the longest, most complex song, Magnitude 9 never loses sight of the obvious; music is about writing good songs.
For those of you who have never heard Magnitude 9, I feel that their sound can best be described as a combination of Fates Warning, Dokken and Yngwie J. Malmsteen. They arrive at this sound through the incredible vocal talents of Corey Brown and the guitar wizardry of Rob Johnson. However, the band's talents run much deeper than just Corey and Rob. Keyboard player Joseph Anastacio Glean is excellent, and the drummer, whose name escapes me, is absolutely superb.
Reality in Focus starts off with the aptly titled "No Turning Back". This track kicks off what is nearly an hour of audio bliss. All of the songs on this disc are melodic enough to enjoy on the first listen, but complex enough to enjoy at infinitum. And while the boys in M9 aren't shy about showcasing their respective talents, their displays of virtuosity never come at the price of compromising the integrity of a song.
I won't bore you with highlights, as I truly love every song on this disc. Truth be told, I haven't listened to anything else since purchasing this opus. If you are a fan of progressive metal, or just a fan of good music in general, I highly recommend Reality in Focus.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Tim Reed on March 25, 2004
Format: Audio CD
After buying the new Magnitude 9 cd "Decoding The Soul" I wanted to hear more from this band that I just recently stumbled upon. So I bought the bands 2nd release "Reality in Focus".
Boy, am I glad I did!!!!
This CD is another pleaser. My take on this cd:
The songs are a bit more complex and a bit more prog metal I guess. Still they are lined with the qualities I listen for.
MELODY, HOOKS and TALENT.
The best being:
Far Beyond Illusion
What My Eyes Have Seen
End of Days
Afterlife
This CD is a good combination of prog metal, neoclassical and power metal. More along the lines of Symphony X, Artension and Dream Theater.
Another must buy!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By "purplexed" on September 25, 2002
Format: Audio CD
WOW how good are these guys i mean i have listened to so much prog metal form Black jester to Dreamtheater and these guys are up there with the best of them. I personly think this CD is most compatible to (perfect symmetry) Fates warning but it has a bit more emotion. This CD has so much going for it, the songs are very well writen ,the music has power, with a great sense of melody, the lyrics are good, the vocals are similar to Ray Alder and it is so consistant that it is a should own for any good prog metal CD collection. I ADVISE TO BUY THIS CD
and give it three plays to get into it.
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