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A masterpiece of contemporary progressive rock music
on 25 March 2008
For fans of classical progressive music, symphonic rock, and contemporary alternative rock music this album is a must. An absolute masterpiece. For those not familiar with Magenta, the band's influences are quite apparent, maybe a little too much so on previous albums, but not so on this one; they have evolved into their own sound. Metamorphosis will remind you of Pink Floyd, Yes, Genesis, Mike Oldfield, Muse, and even Porcupine Tree. This album combines the best of those influences and their own sound into an epic, sprawling, musical journey. The title track, Metamorphosis, is an example of how to write a 23 minute epic without one unnecessary embelishment, each melodic turn leaving the listener wanting more of the previous one. There is an edge to their music now very much like Porcupine Tree in terms of attitude, none so more apparent than on the title track. The album includes another epic, The Ballad of Samuel Layne, of almost equal quality. As a whole Metamorphosis flows wonderfully from one track to the next.
The recording quality is outstanding, the muscianship is brilliant, and Magenta are blessed with one of the best female vocalists in the business.
Album of the year already? I think so.