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Maglev - 2016 Overwrite The Sin

ARTIST: Maglev
ALBUM: Overwrite The Sin
LABEL: Self Released
YEAR: 2016


LINEUP: Joost Maglev - bass, keyboards, vocals * Robby Valentine - piano * Sabas Honing - guitars * Scarlet Penta, Emmy van Gemert - backing vocals, Myrthe van de Weetering - violin

TRACK LISTING: 01 Play The Game * 02 Song Of A Dead Bard * 03 Judith * 04 Confined * 05 The Hands Of Time


A name I was totally unfamiliar with until our very own Eric here at GDM posted a YouTube teaser with the added information that a certain Robby Valentine was involved. Well that was like a red rag to a bull to me so I was off to investigate! What I found was that Joost Maglev is Dutch (surprise, surprise) and has been on the scene for a little while now and is also currently in the band Equisa as its bassist, but my understanding is that this is his second full length album, and apparently he has also released a couple of mini albums too.

The Songs
Containing just five fairly lengthy songs, the shortest clocking in at just over 8 minutes this album could be classed as being progressive in nature but it's never overtly progressive, as there are plenty of commercial flourishes contained within, the at times complex arrangements. Opener 'Play the Game' (not the Queen song), comes across as a not so strange amalgam of Robby Valentine and Queen, with its soaring chorus straight from the Valentine songbook and a solo that would bring a tear to the eye of Brian May. Vocally I can hear the strains of Nik Kershaw in there too. With all that going on there is still plenty of room left for some cool keyboard work which all adds up to a marvellous start to the album. 'Song Of A Dead Barb' which is up next is a somewhat mellower affair with Maglev and backing vocalist Scarlet Penta singing in the first, second and third person and it's replete with a guitar sound that is straight from the Steve Howe school of playing. 'Judith' follows, and anyone familiar with fellow Dutchman Valensia will immediately recognise the sound, an eight and a half minute exercise in glorious OTT bombast. Quite brilliant. 'Confined' starts in pastoral mode before going off in a completely different direction with some melodic speed symphonic metal, yep really, and closer the epic 'The Hands Of The Time' moves serenely and statesman like through various movements, a great way to finish.

In Summary
This album is everything that still keeps me buoyed about music, an artist totally unknown to me until someone (thanks Eric) drops a hint about an album. A delight in every sense of the word. Sure, influences are worn firmly on the sleeve, but the album could never be called derivative. One of my top releases of the year, so far. [word count 415]

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#1 | Carl Noonan on May 02 2016 13:14:10
It's a wonderful album, highly recommended to Valentine and pomp fans.
#2 | Jez on May 02 2016 13:37:52
Cheers Malcolm .will be definitely checking this one out..pronto
#3 | DEMONAOR on May 03 2016 02:54:17
Great album Malcolm goodone
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