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Magellan - Symphony For A Misanthrope (6,5/10) - USA - 2005

Genre: Progressive Rock
Label: InsideOut
Playing time: 46:57
Band homepage: Magellan


  1. Symphonette >mp3
  2. Why Water Weeds? >mp3
  3. Wisdom
  4. Cranium Reef Suite
  5. Pianissimo Intermission
  6. Doctor Conductor
  7. Every Bullet Needs Blood >mp3
Magellan - Symphony For A Misanthrope

I never really got a chance to hear these guys in their entirety. I have just managed to hear a song from them here and there and that was the extent of it. Now, I get the full enchilada and all I can say is that these guys are pretty interesting. "Symphonette" is an instrumental opener that one would probably come to expect in the Prog world. It's very symphonic and perhaps even a little over the top, but I will reserve judgement until the end. It also features guest keyboard work from Steve Walsh of KANSAS as well as Dave Mannion. I think that this track does lay the blue prints for what is about to happen for the next forty-five minutes.


"Why Water Weeds?" starts out somewhat sluggish and predictable, but it does gain plenty of momentum as the song progresses along. It grabs your attention with these interesting rhythms. Not bad. "Wisdom" is a very spacey acoustical number that does prick up your ears because it's slightly unusual. The epic track "Cranium Reef Suite" is inserted in the middle of the disc and clocks in at 18 minutes. It's lush, dynamic and dramatic as one would expect in this field. Yes, it's long, but when you dive into this you will notice how colourful it is and it goes by so quickly because the tune changes quite often and there is a lot to soak up here. Give it a chance and you just might agree with me. "Doctor Conoctor" is the first track where the guitars toughen up and get a little heavier. It sounds like a drum machine is used here because it sounds too mechanical, but when you hear the track you would agree that it works for the better because this is probably the least organic song on the disc. It's catchy and is actually memorable to an extent.


Main man Trent Gardner and his brother Wayne create Prog Rock pieces that contain a lot of classical elements and are classy at the same time. However, new folks to the genre may not get this because it's not heavy enough. It's very laid back and pretty much caters to the older crowd. If you find time to soak this in, then get this because it will relax you and entertain you. (Online September 13, 2005)

Joe Florez

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