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Magnatar: Parallel Worlds

Here is another excellent new band for you proggers to dig into. Magnatar hail from Florida and released their debut album titled Parallel Worlds in 2019.

Sometimes instrumental music can be a little hard to digest and keep one’s interest throughout an album’s worth of songs. There is over fifty minutes of music on Parallel Worlds and I have to say I wasn’t bored even once. It really is superbly played instrumental melodic progressive rock. In a somewhat unusual fashion the band is led by mandolinist Glenn Smith.

On the album opening “Parallel Worlds” super tasty guitar work is first and foremost as the band absolutely cooks with fire. Some of the fast shredding exemplifies the band’s virtuosity. Soon the music calms down, transitioning into an almost ambient nature before building up once again. “Fourth Passage” is a melodic rocker with soaring guitar and keys, most notable organ. On the short “Solara (Intro to New Galaxy)” gentle mandolin adds a lovely symphonic touch. With the heavy “New Galaxy” the band’s swirling keyboard and guitar riffs and tricky rhythms again highlight just how talented these musicians are. Another great track. The mandolin intro is really cool and makes this band pretty unique. I should also mention the Geddy Lee style bass playing and synth solo as they are both superb examples of melodicism. That’s four excellent tracks to start the album, you can be rest assured there are more where those came from.

Parallel Worlds is an easy recommendation to all fans of instrumental progressive music. Catchy and well played with one foot forward as the other remains tied to its ‘70s progressive influences.

Band members:
Glenn Smith (mandolin)
Joey Costa (bass)
Reed Hayes (drums)
Ryan Rivas (guitar)
Dave Norton (keyboards)

Track Listing:
1. Parallel Worlds
2. Fourth Passage
3. Solara (Intro to New Galaxy)
4. New Galaxy
5. Night Changes
6. A Walk in the Park
7. Five Pieces of Six
8. She Flies
9. Augmented Reality

Added: February 1st 2020
Reviewer: Jon Neudorf
Related Link: Band's Official Site
Hits: 215
Language: english

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