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THE WHIRLWIND

Transatlantic

 

Symphonic Prog

4.05 | 904 ratings

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AlohaAwesome
5 stars For me, this is a progressive rock masterpiece. Stolt, Morse, Trewavas and Portnoy have collaborated again to make another wonderful album.

All of the tracks on Disc 1 piece together seamlessly to make up the 78 minute title song. Similar to Morse's solo records, or the Flower Kings' albums, there are catchy melodies throughout the album as well as proggy time signature changes ("Pieces of Heaven", especially) and nice instrumentals.

Noteworthy on this album is Trewavas, who shines on the bass, playing every note with emotion and intensity. There is a bass line used in the main "whirlwind" theme that is reminiscent of "Yours is No Disgrace" by Yes. Nevertheless, it doesn't feel like it is "copied" in any way. The influence of classic progressive rock bands such as Genesis, Yes, ELP, Pink Floyd, and Rush are clear on Transatlantic's music - but they always manage to keep their music fresh, impressive and unforgettable.

Stolt, Morse, and Portnoy play with an unparalleled standard of creativity and proficiency. For example, listen to Portnoy's meticulous drumming on "Set Us Free". Stolt's guitar solo at the end of "Out of the Night" is simply awesome.

Favorite Parts: "Is it Really Happening" "Overture/Whirlwind" "Out of the Night" "Dancing with Eternal Glory / Whirlwind (Reprise)"

Don't miss this album.

AlohaAwesome | 5/5 |

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