Friday, January 6, 2023

Explorers Club: Age of Impact (Day 6 of Album: 365 Mkll)


(Connection to previous album: James Labrie is one of the singers on Age of Impact)

Magna Carta was (is?) a record label that did a lot of really cool progressive metal albums in the late 90s.  They tended to get a lot of famous musicians to collaborate on albums.  Some were tribute records but some were actually 'groups' that would put 1 or 2 records out containing pretty epic songs.  

Explorers Club was one of the better super groups of this era.  It had 3/5 of Dream Theater, Terry Bozzio, Billy Sheehan, Steve Howe among others. Billy and Terry were a constant rhythm section throughout.  There were about 3 singers that took sections, a few guitar players and keyboard players would do solos.  

The album is interesting for a few listens. I actually maybe last listened to the record...15 years ago? Before that probably a dozen times in the 5 years after it came out.  It brought back quite a few good memories about how I would figure out how to spend what litter cash I had on these releases.  They were mostly mail order unless I could get The Exclusive Company to order them for me.  

Songs: 2.0 Ds

Performance: 3.0 Ds

Influence: 2.25 Ds

Overall: 2.5 Ds

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