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Magnatar: Climactic, Mandolin-Propelled Progressive Rock

Magnatar – Parallel Worlds

Magnatar – Parallel Worlds (Magnatar, 2019)

On Parallel Worlds, Florida act Magnatar delivers an instrumental set of mandolin-fueled progressive rock. The band is led by mandolinist and composer Glenn Smith. The inspiration comes from progressive rock-era Yes, jazz-rock fusion and high energy rock.  

The mandolin contributes a unique sound to Magnatar’s style that sets it apart from other current acts. The rest of the band provides classic progressive rock passages with guitar hero lines by Ryan Rivas and notable keyboard, bass and rum work.

The lineup on Parallel Worlds includes Glenn Smith on mandolin, Joey Costa on bass, Reed Hayes on drums, Ryan Rivas on guitar, and Dave Norton on keyboards.

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