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3.93 | 28 ratings | 4 reviews | 25% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 2021

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Strength (8:18)
2. The Search (6:55)
3. Sun for Life (8:08)
4. Hope (7:41)
5. No Air (6:55)
6. Mind's Eye (6:15)
7. How It Ends (9:34)

Total Time 53:46

Line-up / Musicians

- Gert-Jan Schurer / guitars
- Ard Offers / vocals, keyboards
- Adel Saflou / vocals
- Hiske Oosterwijk / vocals
- Jesse Bosman / drums
- David Klompmakers / bass

Releases information

Digital album (2021)
CD Glassville Records (2021)

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PERFECT STORM No Air ratings distribution

(28 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(25%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(39%)
Good, but non-essential (25%)
Collectors/fans only (11%)
Poor. Only for completionists (0%)

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Review by Rivertree
4 stars This is another band from the Netherlands, Groningen exactly, bringing some new compelling prog compositions to the table. As for that, surely important to know, guitarist Gerd Jan Schurer is the band's composer, you may also say driving force. Eh, I can't resist, pardon me, this is mandatory. At the very first let me express a chapeau for that high quality effort. Amongst several other aspects progressive rock lives from variety, that means time shifting, alternating moods, accessibility but also contradiction. All that is given here, plus some catchy, partially (sophisticated) pop rock bordering influences also. For example Mind's Eye with its Level 42 nearness. Or the overly melodic and melancholic mood of Hope with singalong appeal. For one or two this might be too polished. Always a matter of taste of course. For me it works, is attractive, touches me very much.

Adel Saflou is the main singer here, well, occasionally reminding me of 'grandmaster' Mark King, yeah! Come what may, he posesses an excellent neo prog fitting voice, and this is nicely complementing with Hiske Oosterwijk, the female counterpart, who has a minor role though overall seen. Schurer's guitar work has variety, solo and rhythm styled, warm, sensitive as well as provided with a harder edge like on The Search. As to be expected the rhythm department delivers a solid part, keyboarder Ard Offers serves quite varied impressions, for example some Mellotron snippets on How It Ends. Music-wise they are underway akin to some neo progressive bands deriving from Poland, like Believe, Collage, Quidam, Satellite aso. Excellent! A first contender for the album of the year ranks. 4.5 stars.

Review by kev rowland
4 stars The Netherlands has long been a country which really appreciates its prog, and it is no surprise that so many bands have toured very successfully over there and often choose one of their venues as a place to recorded live albums and DVDs. Back in the early Nineties it was also the home of SI Music, one of the most important progressive labels around, and there seemed to be a never-ending roll call of great music coming out of the country. Over the years there has been a resurgence in older bands, but I have not seen many new ones coming out which are likely to shake up the establishment, but perhaps in Perfect Storm we have just that. Formed in Groningen, everyone in the band is active in other bands, coming together in this one and bringing all their own experiences and influences to bear. Founded by guitarist Gert-Jan Schurer, the rest of the band are Adel Saflou (vocals), Jesse Bosman (drums), Ard Offers (keyboards), David Klompmakers (bass) and Hiske Oosterwijk (vocals). Adel takes most of the leads, but Hiske provides a valuable backing vocals as well as taking the lead when the time is right.

This is good old fashioned neo prog, but in many ways, it ties in with the melodic rock/prog crossover style which became popular in the Nineties, particularly with American bands. Although there is no doubt all these guys can play, they rarely allow themselves to get caught out in the open with solos but rather the musicians tend to stay somewhat in the background with the focus mainly being on the vocals. With two wonderful singers that is a good call to make, but one of the real joys here is that one never knows what is going to come next as they can switch from all out belting melodic prog to suddenly slowing everything down, bringing in more of an acoustic sound and totally changing the tempo and emotion. The best example of this is probably in "The Search" where the tempo and emotional change is enhanced by the switch to the delicate sound of Hiske, away from the more melodic rock sound of Adel. Then when that section completes, we go into a brash Muse-style guitar rip which just contrasts so much against the delicacy which has gone before. It is at times like this that the guys settle into a groove and let them show off their chops just a little, but never for too long.

This is an album which will rightly appreciated by fans who would not normally listen to prog as well as the more hardened of us, and I certainly look forward to hearing more from them in the near future.

Latest members reviews

4 stars PERFECT STORM arrives at the beginning of the year from Holland by offering an album far from the beaten track. An album full of vitamins, very catchy rhythms, unstoppable melodies and above all a singular and distinctive voice; one of that which makes you think of TEARS FOR FEARS for the voice ... (read more)

Report this review (#2588519) | Posted by alainPP | Tuesday, August 24, 2021 | Review Permanlink

4 stars Review #9 2021 has already given us many albums, some of them extraordinary, and "No Air" by the Dutch band "Perfect Storm" also fits seamlessly into this series of successes. I am absolutely thrilled - and will now justify why. "Perfect Storm" consists of six great musicians, who on their first ... (read more)

Report this review (#2570502) | Posted by Smurfreviews | Saturday, June 12, 2021 | Review Permanlink

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