MAGELLAN Symphony For Misanthrope (Inside Out) (2005)
Magellan have been around for a long time now, the progressive rock band
led by the Gardener brothers have been pushing out steady releases now for more than 12 years.
'Symphony For Misanthrope', is their 6th album, I do remember that there are
long spells between albums.
As a massive fan of their first two albums, they kind of lost me with, 'Test
Of Wills', their third release, and then I totally missed out on the 2
albums that followed.
So I was in two minds before I pressed play, was I going to be disappointed
of pleasantly surprised ?
More or less I am split 50/50, 'Symphony For Misanthrope', has it good
points, everything I loved about Magellan and everything I din't like so
Progressive rock is always such a thin line between brilliance and self
Magellan are walking on the brilliant side of the street, crafting their way
into the hearts and minds of progrock fans. Magellan, seem to have found
their own sound, style and are working on perfecting it.
Whether it be, the eighteen minute epic landscape of , 'Cranium Reef Suite',
or the quieter tones of, 'Wisdom'.
The album takes plenty of listens to sink in, there is a lot happening the
lyrics are telling a story, as the usually seem to do on a Magellan album.
The only negatives I found were the sound of the album, the production is
weaker than the songs themselves, sonically it doesn't sound as bright and
vibrant as the music does.
Review by Graham Boyle
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