The progressive metal band that was formed in 1997 soon issued a debut on InsideOut in Europe. Solo artist Rob Johnson was introduced to Corey Brown by guitarist David Chastain. The debut was, in fact, written in the second half of 1997. The line-up was fairly stable until Brown started a project and later joined Balance Of Power in 2005.
Magnitude 9 is a progressive metal band comparable to Fates Warning.
MAGNITUDE 9 - DECODING THE SOUL - INSIDEOUT
Finding any fault with Magnitude 9 is difficult. The band has a great moniker, cool album title and a fantastic cover artwork here. Then there is the beautifully understated music, which despite the presence of keyboards somehow manages to click from start to finish. Decoding The Soul is an album rich in melody, progressive elements, as well as hard rock and heavy metal. Co-produced wonderfully by former Loudness singer Mike Vescera and staffed by members of Section 16, Psyco Drama's Corey Brown and guitar wizard Rob Johnson, Magnitude 9 derives a lot of benefit from its members' talents. The songs are subtle and smooth, yet inject virtuoso guitar playing, dexterous solos and remarkable singing to make the album of certain interest to most hard rock and heavy metal fans. The sole problem is the keyboardist who is thankfully secondary to the band's sound. Those who like Fates Warning, Onward, Yngwie Malmsteen and the other bands of the respective members will like this album a lot. - Ali "The Metallian"