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Magenta - Metamorphosis (2008) Retail DVD
With this, Magenta's fourth studio album, band leader Rob Reed has taken the band to new heights of musical sophistication. Whereas the last couple of albums have seen Rob tackle relatively shorter songs, this album is a sort of return to the long form epics of the first album "Revolutions". The difference this time is that gone are the too obvious Yes sounding sections which interwove throughout the material on "Revolutions". On "Metamorphosis", the songwriting is complex, thoroughly melodic and thoughtfully arranged and very much the sound of Magenta now.
Like the album artwork, the musicmore… is darker and more powerful than previous releases. The recent "Singles" compilation may have given the impression that things were getting lighter and more commercial. Well "Metamorphosis" is full blown symphonic prog of the highest caliber. The two lengthy tracks "The Ballad of Samuel Layne" and the title track, each running for more than 20 minutes, are amongst the best things the band has done. Dynamic, edgy and completely satisfying. Christina Booth's voice has never sounded better. There has always been a dark edge to her voice, which suits the material here very well. Guitarist Chris Fry shines throughout this album. Just listen to his spine-tingling Steve Howe-like slide guitar solo in the middle of the title track. I was also impressed with Tim Robinsons precise and varied drumming.
Magenta have been evolving at quite a pace over the last few years and truly deserve the accolades bestowed upon them at this years Classic Rock Society awards. This album should propel them not only to the forefront of the current progressive rock scene, but make others sit up and listen to one of the very best contemporary British rock bands around. A complete triumph!!
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