The Wake of Magellan

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The Wake of Magellan
Studio album by Savatage
Released September 15, 1997 (Europe, Japan)
April 7, 1998 (U.S.)
Genre Progressive metal, Symphonic metal, Power metal
Length 60:06
Label Atlantic
Producer Paul O'Neill
Savatage chronology
The Best and the Rest
The Wake of Magellan
Singles from The Wake of Magellan
  1. "Turns to Me"
    Released: 1998
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars [1]

The Wake of Magellan is a concept album by Savatage, and is based on two real life events. The first, the Maersk Dubai incident, occurred less than a year before this album was released when the captain of a freighter threw three Romanian stowaways overboard in the middle of the Atlantic. A fourth stowaway was saved by the courageous action of a deckhand, who risked his own life to protect the youth.

The second event regarded the Irish reporter Veronica Guerin who died fighting the growth of the drug trade in her country. Her death may accomplish what she could not in life.[2] These events are combined into the story of an old Spanish sailor, who has decided to end his life by sailing his small boat out into the Atlantic until it sinks. In his mind he has romanticized this decision as a glorious, Vikingesque way to die. When the ocean winds push him into a great storm, and he believes that his wish is about to be granted in a great dramatic fashion, he suddenly sees a man drowning in the ocean. In an instant he finds himself taking back every wish for death's embrace, and fights to save this soul. After many twists and turns, he is able to save the stowaway that had been thrown overboard. Returning to land, he now realizes that not only every life is precious but also every hour of that life.

This is the first Savatage album to have the same line up as the previous album since Hall of the Mountain King in 1987. This is also the last Savatage album to feature vocals from lead singer Zachary Stevens. Dream Theater are also thanked in the album's liner notes. Derek Sherinian and Al Pitrelli were in Ethyl Mertz together. Al and Derek also went to college together and both toured with Alice Cooper for the Trashes the World Tour. Al and John Petrucci also played together on a Japanese release called Guitar Battle.[2]

Track listing[edit]

Original CD release
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "The Ocean" (Instrumental) Jon Oliva, Paul O'Neill 1:33
2. "Welcome"   Jon Oliva, Paul O'Neill 2:11
3. "Turns to Me"   Paul O'Neill, Jon Oliva, Al Pitrelli 6:01
4. "Morning Sun"   Jon Oliva, Paul O'Neill, Chris Caffery 5:49
5. "Another Way"   Paul O'Neill, Jon Oliva, Al Pitrelli 4:35
6. "Blackjack Guillotine"   Jon Oliva, Paul O'Neill, Chris Caffery 4:33
7. "Paragons of Innocence"   Jon Oliva, Paul O'Neill 5:33
8. "Complaint in the System (Veronica Guerin)"   Jon Oliva, Paul O'Neill 2:37
9. "Underture" (Instrumental) Jon Oliva, Paul O'Neill 3:52
10. "The Wake of Magellan"   Jon Oliva, Paul O'Neill, Chris Caffery, Johnny Lee Middleton 6:10
11. "Anymore"   Jon Oliva, Paul O'Neill 5:16
12. "The Storm" (Instrumental) Jon Oliva, Paul O'Neill 3:45
13. "The Hourglass"   Paul O'Neill, Jon Oliva, Al Pitrelli 8:05


All lyrics and poetry by Paul O'Neill