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THE WHIRLWIND

Transatlantic

 

Symphonic Prog

4.05 | 904 ratings

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Windhawk
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5 stars With their third studio effort The Whirlwind, Transatlantic documents just why it's branded as a supergroup in an excellent manner. In a good way that is - most so-called supergroups ends up as something far less than the sum of it's parts, but this is an example of the opposite.

The foundation of this -long- concept album is symphonic progressive rock, with a firm foundation in the traditions from the heyday of this particular style. Elements from other genres are blended in - fusion in particular - with the rock guitars and at times massive multiple layers of various keyboards. The organ is a key instrument, adding that vintage sound of the 70's, and I do think some 'trons are wheezing around the banck somewhere as well from time to time. But this isn't about a band or an album solely looking back in time for inspiration.

Transatlantic incorporates more contemporary musical elements to their brand of music as well. Not extensively so, but modern sounding keyboard layers is a part of this, and an emphasis on distinct moods and strong atmospheres from the neo progressive school of thought is another key element in this musical mix. Aggressive bass lines and quirky drum patterns may not be something new in itself, but are other effects utilized to good effect.

With a slick, modern mix and production the songs get their final glossing, slightly subduing the subtle dissonances and instrumental contrasts to make them non-obtrusive. Yet very much present if someone want to find them.

The end result is a stunning album, at least if symphonic progressive rock is a srtylistic expression you normally enjoy. Perhaps a bit too slick and contemporary sounding for die-hard fans of vintage Yes and Genesis, but it is a production that many will find truly magnificent. And without doubt a classic album, of the kind that will be regarded as such many decades from now.

Windhawk | 5/5 |

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