MAGELLAN Impossible Figures (Inside Out IOMCD144) (2003)
The fifth studio album by this US band formed around the brothers’ Trent
and Wayne Gardner. Prior to this I had only heard the band’s debut album,
‘Hour of Restoration’ that still gets a play now and then. The band cleverly
mixes a variety of styles from classically tinged pieces through to epic
workouts and heavy riffing material.
Kansas fans will delight in ‘Hymn For A Heathen’ with its pomp styled keyboards and layered harmony vocals. ‘Feel
the Cross’ takes a distorted vocal and adds some discordant guitar lines.
This track grows on you as after a first listen I was ready to press the
skip button! ‘A World Groove’ does as it says opening with some world music
sampling and heading into Yes territory circa ‘Big Generator’. It works well
and is an album highlight. The ten minute epic ‘Killer of Hope’ has all the
prog ingredients and Magellan manage to combine classic 70’s sounds with
modern production and guitar passages. The band are clearly musicians of the
highest calibre but more importantly they know how to craft a melody,
something that often lacks in many epic tracks by other artists.
Magellan have produced another fine album that should appeal not just to
fans of progressive music but a much wider rock audience, especially people
willing to expand their musical tastes. Now all we need now are some tour