Magna Carta (MA-9108-2)
By Michael Popke
Canadian guitarist Glen Drover, perhaps best known for his work in Megadeth, King Diamond and Eidolon, titled his solo album “Metalusion” for a reason: Although this looks like metal (fantasy-influenced album art) and pounds like metal (“Filthy Habits”), it’s not completely metal.
Oh, sure, Drover shreds all over “Ground Zero;” how could he not with early Megadeth guitarist Chris Poland and UFO’s Vinnie Moore helping out? But “Frozen Dream,” with an appearance by Forbidden guitarist Steve Smyth, aims more for prog majesty than metal domination. And then Drover takes Al DiMeola’s exotic “Egyptian Danza” from 1978 and gives it a riff-tastic makeover. Elsewhere, fusion and prog collide on “Colors of Infinity,” as well as on two Jean Luc Ponty covers (“Don’t Let the World Pass You By” and “Mirage”).
Taking a break from Saga (Drover played in that band, too), Jim Gilmour plays keys on several tracks and gives “Metalusion” an extra touch of class.