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The Wake of Magellan

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  • Coming from someone with a love for geek-rock (They Might Be Giants, Semisonic, Refreshments), that’s saying something. Savatage is like nothing I’ve ever heard before. It’s not exactly metal and it’s not exactly prog-rock, somewhere between the two with a little Beethoven mixed in.Great concept, excellent songs. The vocal arrangements on this are stunning, especially when they get 8-10 overdubs harmonizing at the same time. Musically, the band is unbelievable — shifting time signatures from 5/4 to 4/4, overlaying 5/4 and 6/8, piling on guitar solos and piano riffs until you have a solid wall of sound. Even the delicate moments on the album are intricate and well put together.Individual songs will appeal to different people: “Complaint in the System” is modern rock, “Blackjack Guillotine” old school metal, “Anymore” sounds like an unreleased track from Tommy or Rent, and the title track — well, it’s all over the place, and it rocks.Great CD, something for just about anybody (except your weird cousin Earl with his Britney Spears CDs). Give it a listen, and thou shalt be rocked.

    Posted on November 10, 2009