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Test of Wills

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (May 6, 1997)
  • Original Release Date: May 6, 1997
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Magna Carta
  • ASIN: B000003ZB9
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #441,243 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Shane Carey on February 27, 2001
Format: Audio CD
As I said in my review for "Impending Ascension", Trent Gardner's style is not for everyone. Listen to "Age of Impact", by Explorer's Club, and if the style turns you off, then Magellan won't be your thing. Otherwise, give it a shot -- and this may or may not be the disc to start with.
On this disc, the brothers Gardner are joined by drummer Brad Keiser, putting to the test many critics' assertion that the biggest problem with Magellan's first two releases was the synthesized drums. It's still got Trent Gardner's unmistakeable style, and it's still going to be just as loved or hated. In addition to live drums, Trent has added two new and controversial elements that are used again in "Age of Impact": the use of repeated phrases to give thematic continuity to an otherwise disparate collection of songs, and a trombone solo. The latter demonstrates that (1) Gardner can really play that thing; (2) he's actively looking for ways to illuminate and shatter the boundaries that exist even around progressive rock....
The material leans a little more to the prog-metal side than on the previous two releases. Trent's Genesis influence shows through so strongly on "Bully Pulpit" and "Preaching the Converted" that you can actually hear Phil Collins singing them. The former also has a flute solo that pays homage to his Jethro Tull influence. The title track is the most odd, with a vocal track that sounds like Ozzy Osbourne complementing the aforementioned trombone solo. Ultimately, it's much more diverse along multiple dimensions, showing Trent's growth as a songwriter, and that diversity is what makes it my favorite of Magellan's three discs. A very rewarding listen -- but only, as always, if you're first able to pass the Explorer's Club challenge.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Ryan T. Sessions on December 12, 1999
Format: Audio CD
I have read that some people prefer the first two albums by Magellan to the third. That's just crazy. When i first heard this album, I was floored. "A Social Marginal" kept me obsessed with the drum part. I had to try and learn it. Thank God they added more distortion. It makes it more exciting, "Walk fast, look worried" has a beautiful tone to it, and the title track just grooves throughout. Gardner has amazing writing abilities, and the drummer, Brad Kaiser, is an amazing force behid the kit. This album is oe of my all time favorites
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By William B. on July 27, 2006
Format: Audio CD
The way all music is and should be...some will get it and some won't. In the case of Magellan's music, I count myself as one of those that "get it".

The proof is always in the pudding I say so I suggest checking Magellan out for yourself. How many bands for instance would have a wild trombone solo (and some harmony too) during a heavy, almost thrash metal section during the song 'Test of Wills? T.O.W. also incorporates massive vocal harmonies, original arrangments, extrememly tight performances, and unusual lyrics. To me that's the very defintion of progressive rock!

Oh well, I guess some "music fans" prefers hippie style lyrics ala Yes, tortured poets like Fish, laughable costumes ala early Genesis, and moog versions of classical music. All of those bands were pioneers of the genre and Magellan more than tips their hats to them. However this is 2006, not 1976. Saving whales, LSD trips, and psychedelic backdrops during 20 minute keyboard solos doesn't cut it anymore...

Unless you're a "music fan" of course...
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 27, 1998
Format: Audio CD
I bought this cd after listening to another piece by the same writer, trent gardner. I was extremely pleased with the other piece's time changes and complexity and depth to the writing(Age of Impact, by Explorer's club). I bought Test of Wills hoping for the same. What I got was a slightly scaled down version of the original. The strange time is all there, and even a bit in excess, but it's got fun grooves and cool drum patterns that make you wish Terry Bozzio was playing on this one of Gardner's treats like he was on Explorer's Club. Overall, it's a quality album, and if you're new to Magna Carta Records this isn't a bad place to start.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kirk Lott on February 18, 2005
Format: Audio CD
Hard to understand the critics of this album - perhaps they were listening to another album, or more likely, they've been freebasing dirty gym socks.

Magellan is a great band, and this - their 3rd outing - is a fine effort, heavier than the first two. For the uniniated, Magellan is a bit like a head-on collision between ELP, Queen and Rush. A critic's nightmare, but a prog-fan's delight.

"Test of Wills" features massive keywords, tricky and tasty drumming, and big wall of sound Queen-like choruses. The tempo and time signatures change CONSTANTLY - so you never know what's next. And Trent Gardner writes great lyrics - he somehow manages to be cynical and optimistic at the same time, and ever a great social critic.

Highlights: "Gameface," "A Social Marginal," and "Critic's Carnival." Check it out.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 20, 2000
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I love this album! Heavy guitars, exotic time signatures, killer harmonies,drums in your face and just great songwriting and insightful, intelligent lyrics. Heck, there are even trombone and flute solos(thanks Ian!). It's definitely the thinking musicians album and will very easily go over a mainstreamers head. I highly reccomend it to any real prog metal head!
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