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3.97 | 27 ratings | 4 reviews | 26% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 2021

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. The Day That Never Came (10:33)
2. Lonely City (6:33)
3. Enjoy Your Life (4:46)
4. The Lying King (8:01)
5. Homesick (8:24)
6. Stop Yelling (9:11)
7. A Thousand Diamonds (6:29)

Total Time 53:57

Line-up / Musicians

- Erik Laan / keyboards, vocals
- Bart Laan / guitars, flute, vocals
- Arjan Laan / drums, percussion
- Mark Op Ten Berg / bass

- Sophie Zaaijer / violins
- Suzan Van Den Engel / backing vocals
- Martin Streckfuss / saxophone

Releases information

LP/CD/Digital album, Self-released, 2021

Release date: June 5, 2021

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CHAIN REAKTOR Homesick ratings distribution

(27 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(26%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(30%)
Good, but non-essential (30%)
Collectors/fans only (7%)
Poor. Only for completionists (7%)

CHAIN REAKTOR Homesick reviews

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Review by Rivertree
4 stars One may say, for obvious reason, here we have a new family band at start, or what? The two Laan brothers Arian and Bart have constituted this outfit not long ago, both are also known for playing in another prog band named Skylake. Easy to state, their prog affinity did not appear out of the nowhere, per accident more or less. This due to some massive influences, certainly coming from their yet also involved father Erik. He's the member of a further Dutch band named Silhouette. And finally, not to forget, the quartet is completed by bass player Mark Op Ten Berg. That means some already experienced prog musicians are teaming up here for a new project, so much the more deriving from different generations. Both aforementioned bands are preferably underway in mellow meadows. The CHAIN REAKTOR songs are highly melodic too, yes, though predominantly implemented with a heavier rock nature.

Are you feeling lonely? The ambivalent context respectively meaning behind the album is dealing with 'feelings triggered by a lack of belonging in the modern world'. And so the band states that the album is '... a journey to find out who we truly want to be in the midst of the treacherous temptations of these lonely cities, where only rats seem to win the race ...' - oops, I do hope they are not pointing to Amsterdam or Rotterdam on this occasion? Seriously though, this is soley one aspect of those manifold contradictions in real life. Songs entitled like Enjoy Your Life equipped with lively happy piano lines are telling the counterpart of the story. Whatever, the band's music turns out to be entirely attractive, that counts in the end. Let's start with The Day That Never Came - eh, this luckily does not apply to the recordings, which resulted in this fantastic album opener. Great! Unexpected percussion intro, impertinent groove, Bart Laan's nice flute contributions, finally his crashing and slicing guitar which serves a slight aggressive timbre further on.

Next then fine polyphonic vocals on Lonely City including Skylake singer Suzan Van Den Engel. Speaking of vocals, I must confess, for some time I had the impression that Erik Laan's mellow singing voice does not really complement with those heavy guitars and rhythm work. Well, takes some time, but it's all good now, simply a specific unique CHAIN REAKTOR trademark, that's it. Excellent powerful performance throughout on The Lying King, nevertheless also showcasing backing mellotron layers and a violin contribution by Sophie Zaaijer. The album title track also comes with different stages, the balladesque intro first, and then transition into a heavier direction again. And so my conclusion is that the band is overly successful here in evoking a balanced mix of charming atmospheric and heavy rocking moments. Now seriously, a sophomore album is a mandatory task, what else?

Latest members reviews

4 stars This album Homesick by the dutch band Chain Reaktor was a big surprise for me. The Laan family plays with an intensity and power that I just enjoy. The melodies are strong there are very nice harmonies and the drummer plays with an intensity that I just enjoy. The guitarist is very good and the solo ... (read more)

Report this review (#2600632) | Posted by tjlefors | Saturday, October 9, 2021 | Review Permanlink

4 stars CHAIN ​​REAKTOR is the group of the Laan brothers from the SKYLAKE group with their father Erik from the SILHOUETTE group. The album deals with the loneliness of the cities; the music is modern, on melodic, groovy neo-prog; it is also dark melancholy border like a wandering in search ... (read more)

Report this review (#2579305) | Posted by alainPP | Friday, July 16, 2021 | Review Permanlink

5 stars Outstanding debut!I have to admit that the coolness of the makeup of this father / sons plus 1 band from the Netherlands gave me a little extra motivation to check it out. I was not expecting to find such a terrific album. Chain Reaktor have set the bar exceptionally high with their debut album ... (read more)

Report this review (#2569520) | Posted by Michael919 | Monday, June 7, 2021 | Review Permanlink

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