Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Shadow Gallery - "Shadow Gallery"

Shadow Gallery
"Shadow Gallery"
Released November 30, 1991

"I will name some highlights of the album,like the great symphonic and melodic piece "the dance of fools", "darktown" with very cool flutes on it, the melodic heavy metal and the fast double-bass work of "questions at hand, and the 17 minutes track of symphonic and melodic music and very nice vocals of "the queen of the city of ice", a very well composed album.

All of them reminds me so much of prog rock bands like GENESIS, JETHRO TULL, RUSH, KANSAS and even some ELP; with time their prog rock influenced metal would be slowly polishing into a more melodic and sophisticated metal, and yes progressive metal sound."
- P.H.P.

Available as part of Shadow Gallery: "Double Feature", a specially priced Limited Edition 2 CD set of the first 2 albums by progressive rock band Shadow Gallery; "Shadow Gallery" and "Carved In Stone"

"Shadow Gallery is a progressive rock band that stresses songwriting, production and performance in their music. "Carved in Stone", released in 1995, is longer and much more mature than the debut CD. It features stunning production, far exceeding that of "Shadow Gallery", and improves on the previously high-quality songwriting. The group's third album, "Tyranny" followed in 1998.
 This is a concept album about a defense worker who becomes disenchanted with his job and searches for other meanings in his life. The music is very reminiscent of "Carved in Stone", although somewhat lighter. "Legacy" appeared in spring 2001."

Shadow Gallery on Magna Carta:

Shadow Gallery "Double Feature" on Amazon:

Shadow Gallery on iTunes:

"Carved in Stone"

"Shadow Gallery"

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Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Magellan "Hour Of Restoration"

..Released December 1, 1991

Progressive rock sound from an American band
Magellan was/is a truly unique progressive rock band. 
Their use of lyrics typically emphasized historical events 
especially on this album. Probably the seminal song that 
Magellan will be remembered for is found on this album - 
Magna Carta. The historic feel of the band singing about 
Magellan circumnavigating the globe makes this very 
It was Ferdinand Magellan's spirit of adventure and 
willingness to take risks that caused bandleader Trent 
Gardner to name his band Magellan. Trent wrote and sang 
all the songs as well as played keyboards. His brother, 
Wayne (RIP Feb. 10, 2014) played lead guitar. The band was 
rounded out by Hal Stringfellow on bass.
As expected from a so-called progressive group, there are 
several lengthy songs with several shorter ones mixed in. 
The songs are based around strong melodies with abrupt 
timing changes.There are also frequent changes from soft 
rock to hard rock and vice-versa. All in all, it creates a 
very interesting listening experience.
Certainly worth a listen!
- Tobias Funke, Amazon Review

Available as part of A specially priced 2 CD set of the 
first 2 albums by progressive rock band Magellan. "Hour Of 
Restoration" and "Impending Ascension"

Also available from Magna Carta Records
Magellan on Magna Carta: 

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#Yes #Genesis #JethroTull #KingCrimson #UK #PinkFloyd 

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Progressive Metal Hour Seven: Covered Again

Magna Carta artists cover songs by Genesis, Yes, Pink Floyd, Robin Trower, Emerson Lake & Palmer, Jethro Tull, Rush, John Luc Ponty.

Featuring Jordan Rudess (Dream Theater, Liquid Tension Experiment), Rod Morgenstein (Dixie Dregs), Neal Morse (Spock's Beard), Marco Sfogli (James LaBrie); Steve Howe (Yes) & Annie Haslam (Renaissance); Robert Berry (3), Simon Phillips (Toto), Glenn Hughes (Deep Purple), Marc Bonilla (Keith Emerson Band), Erik Norlander (Rocket Scientists, Asia); Glen Drover (Megadeth), Jeff Loomis (Nevermore, Arch Enemy), Jim Gilmour (Saga); Vinnie Moore (UFO), Kelly Keeling (Baton Rouge, MSG), Scot Coogan (Lita Ford, Ace Frehley);dUg Pinnick (King's X), Eric Gales (Eric Gales Band, Lauryn Hill), Thomas Pridgen (Mars Volta, Suicidal Tendencies); Dave Martone, Chris Pennie (Dillinger Escape Plan Coheed and Cambria), Juan Alderete (Mars Volta), Shane Gibson (Korn); Charlie Musselwhite, Derek Trucks (Allman Brothers Band), Mick Abrahams & Clive Bunker (Jethro Tull); Alex Skolnick (Testament), Nathan Peck & Matt Zebroski (Alex Skolnick trio).

#ProgressiveMetal #ProgressiveRock #SteveHowe #GlenDrover #VinnieMoore #JimGilmour #Saga #DixieDregs #JordanRudess #RodMorgenstein #AlexSkolnick

Monday, February 5, 2018

Tempest "Thirty Little Turns" CD Release Party



The West Coast's original Celtic Rock band Tempest returns to The Palms Playhouse in Winters to celebrate their new album "Thirty Little Turns" on Magna Carta!
WHEN: Saturday, February 24, 2018
WHERE: The Palms Playhouse
13 Main Street in Winters, CA

Sound Samples Available:

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Progressive Metal Hour Six

...Set Strings on Stun
Some of Magna Carta's favorite guitarists bring their axes to these exciting projects. Featuring James Murphy & Steve Howe (Explorers Club; Trent Gardner, Billy Sheehan, Terry Bozzio, Wayne Gardner, D.C. Cooper); Glen Drover, Chris Poland & Vinnie Moore (with Jim Gilmour); Eric Barnett (Points North); Steve Stevens (with Brian Tichy); Steve Morse & Greg Howe (Jordan Rudess along with Rod Morgenstein, Daniel J); Mike Keneally & Toshi Iseda (Andy West with Rama, alongside T Lavitz & Jonathan Mover); Eyal Levi & Emil Werstler (Levi/Werstler with Sean Reinert); Alex Skolnick (Attention Deficit with Tim Alexander & Michael Manring); Toshi Hiketa (Hideous Sun Demons with James Lomenzo & Ray Luzier); Ed Wynne & Steve Hillage (Ozric Tentacles)

#ProgressiveMetal #ProgressiveRock #JamesMurphy #SteveHowe#ExplorersClub #TrentGardner #BillySheehan #TerryBozzio#WayneGardner #DCCooper #GlenDrover #ChrisPoland #VinnieMoore#JimGilmour #Saga #EricBarnett #PointsNorth #SteveStevens #BrianTichy#SteveMorse #DixieDregs #GregHowe #JordanRudess #RodMorgenstein#MikeKeneally #AndyWest #TLavitz #JonathanMover #EyalLevi#EmilWerstler #Daath #LeviWerstler #SeanReinert #AlexSkolnick #AttentionDeficit #TimAlexander #MichaelManring #ToshiHiketa #HideousSunDemons #JamesLomenzo #RayLuzier #EdWynne #SteveHillage #OzricTentacles