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TRANSATLANTIC is Prog's premier super group. A truly illustrious collection of amazing talent that push the barriers which redefine the meaning of a progressive rock supergroup! Of course thats no surprise, looking at the all-star line-up: keyboardist / vocalist Neal Morse (Spocks Beard), drummer Mike Portney (Dream Theater), guitarist Roine Stolt (Flower Kings), and bassist Pete Trewavas (Marillion). Together, these multitalented guys have created some truly amazing music. For an all-star progressive rock band, TRANSATLANTIC has a chance to make some musical noise in the United States.

All four musicians agree that "SMPTe" is a timeless piece of rock history and one that shows such diverse influences as PINK FLOYD, YES, GENESIS, KING CRIMSON and The BEATLES. This album captures some of the finest progressive rock ever recorded. Barring the prog-nazis and their arrogant opinions! "Bridge Across Forever" is definitely more of a full-band effort. Those familiar with all the band members styles will certainly identify everyones characteristic touches -- Morses melody, Stolts vibrant playing, Trewevas tasteful licks, Portnoys intense drumming. Also appearing are: Chris Carmichael, violin, viola and cello; Keith Mears, saxophone; and the "Elite" choir, background vocals. Each member of the band gets a shot at lead vocals, and the vocal harmonies are outstanding. In all cases, the musicianship is intense, technical, and ambitious, but never goes over-the-top. Made for fans by fans, "Bridge Across Forever" will stand the test of time to epitomize progressive rock.

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4.06 | 597 ratings
SMPTe
2000
4.16 | 670 ratings
Bridge Across Forever
2001
4.05 | 774 ratings
The Whirlwind
2009
3.83 | 477 ratings
Kaleidoscope
2014

TRANSATLANTIC Live Albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

3.39 | 114 ratings
Live in America
2001
4.49 | 162 ratings
Live in Europe
2003
4.50 | 171 ratings
Whirld Tour 2010 - Live From Shepherd's Bush Empire, London
2010
4.39 | 93 ratings
More Never Is Enough
2011

TRANSATLANTIC Videos (DVD, Blu-ray, VHS etc)

3.82 | 97 ratings
Live in Europe
2003
3.85 | 46 ratings
Building the Bridge / Live In America
2006
4.65 | 172 ratings
Whirld Tour 2010 Live in London
2010
3.50 | 10 ratings
The Official Bootleg DVD
2010
4.32 | 30 ratings
KaLIVEoscope
2014

TRANSATLANTIC Boxset & Compilations (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

4.08 | 72 ratings
Bridge Across Forever - The Limited Edition
2001
4.47 | 67 ratings
SMPTe (The Roine Stolt Mixes)
2003

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 KaLIVEoscope by TRANSATLANTIC album cover DVD/Video, 2014
4.32 | 30 ratings

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KaLIVEoscope
Transatlantic Symphonic Prog

Review by Ieshee1i

3 stars This one is a bit tough for me: three stars seems a bit rough, while anything higher is unjustified. Well, consider this a 3.5 rating then.

I discovered Transatlantic only two years ago, shortly after getting acquainted with Spock's Beard music, and I was lucky enough to experience them live in Paris in 2014. I was literally blown away. Their music is incredible, they played it flawlessly, and the show they put together was certainly one of the best I've ever experienced.

This release, however, which by the way came to me as unexpected (well, older fans know the drill by now, but I don't see the point of releasing so many live albums), disappointed me in two ways. First, since I had decided to go for the limited edition of the Kaleidoscope album (yes, the big LP-sized one with heaps of bonus discs), and because I have a thing for those special editions, I just had to order the "limited deluxe special whatever" edition of this live album as well, and I expected the same kind of packaging. Unfortunately, it turned out to be the same kind of box set as the special edition of the Whirld Tour -- with less effort: many pictures, but no booklet. Well, that's only packaging, it isn't bad by any means, but still, this was disappointing.

Second, and more importantly: the music.

Now don't get me wrong: as usual, you get far more than your money's worth. The full Kaleidoscope album live, a Whirlwind medley, and most of their other epics that we know and love (although the full version of the last two would have been better than a medley). The special edition features two concerts actually (and a documentary that you won't really miss if you can't afford the special edition). But the band didn't feel as tight as it did to me on that magical evening back in Paris; I expected to be truly thrilled by this recording, but it didn't happen. Even though I'm fully aware that it's not supposed to be as good as the real thing, I expected something better. I guess the better the musicians, the more demanding the audience becomes.

The other thing that ruined this release for me was the collaboration with Thijs Van Leer. I can't speak for the rest of his carreer outside this recording, since I don't know it, but I just cannot bear what he does on this album. He makes the whole thing sound as a circus or a complete joke, and even though I've tried a few times already to bear his sung onomatopoeias, there always comes a time where he eventually gets on my nerves to the point that I need to skip to the next song.

All in all, if you only have money for one, I'd strongly suggest you go for the special edition of the Whirld Tour. It's Transatlantic at their best, and you definitely cannot go wrong with it.

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 KaLIVEoscope by TRANSATLANTIC album cover DVD/Video, 2014
4.32 | 30 ratings

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KaLIVEoscope
Transatlantic Symphonic Prog

Review by ProgShine
Collaborator Errors & Omissions Team

5 stars First of all, my edition is not the one pointed on PA. I have the 3 CD+DVD edition.

Anyway, by now everyone that pay attention on Neal Morse's career know that he's into the 'one studio album, one tour, one live album' situation. Of course that in one of his big projects, Transatlantic, would not be different! KaLIVEoscope (2014) was released following their tour to support their new studio album Kaleidoscope (2014) released earlier this year.

You might argue that we don't need yet another Transatlantic live album, after all this if their 5th (against 4 studio albums). But truth is, each tour has a different taste. I own Whirld Tour 2010 (2010) and I can say that KaLIVEoscope (2014) feels different, by many reasons.

First, this time we don't have Daniel Gildenlow as the 5th member of the band, as he was still recovering from his skin disease. Instead we have Ted Leaonard (Enchant & Spock's Beard) playing guitars, keyboards and singing (very well by the way). Second, the band changed the tracklist for this tour so they could play the new tunes and also play songs they weren't playing for some time such as 'My New World', there's even some Focus on the bill too. Unfortunately we don't have 'Duel With The Devil' but as it was always present in the past live albums I can understand why it's out this time.

3 CDs may seem too much but for Transatlantic is needed as their show is almost 3 hours long. The cherry on the top of the cake is the DVD that comes in the box. The nice thing about this set is that the CD was recorded in Tilburg (Netherlands) and the DVD in Cologne (Germany), this makes the experience of watching and listening unique instead of just a repetition.

Despite the weak joke with the name of the album KaLIVEoscope (2014) is a highlight for 2014, a year that for me was very weak in new releases, this album comes as a joy for as this ears are tired of the so called 'new prog'.

Go for it without reservations! Very recommended.

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4.32 | 30 ratings

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KaLIVEoscope
Transatlantic Symphonic Prog

Review by rdtprog
Special Collaborator Heavy Prog Team

4 stars what have started as a side project is now 15 years later a permanent band with 4 albums and live dvds, the latest "Kalivesoscope" is taken from the album title "Kaleidoscope". To illustrate the concept, the band decide to include in the back a screen with visuals of constant moving forms. The band started their career live tour with medleys of covers because they didn't have enough material to make it a complete concert. Now they have to do medleys of their own songs, because they have too much material. So the band played a "Whirlwind" medley and a encore of medley of "All of the Above" and Stranger in Your Soul". The songs are long, but they did squeeze in some shorter and lighter song to get a nice flow to the show.

When you know all of the previous albums and songs from the band, it's normal to enjoy a bit more the new songs from the latest album. The music has always been a continuation of Neal Morse's solo music with long symphonic epic, but in song like "Behind The Sun", Roine Stolt can brings his output from Flower Kings. Ted Leonard of Spock's Beard and Enchant replace Daniel Gildenlow playing guitars and vocals. We can appreciate his nice voice despite the more present vocals of Neal Morse. It was interesting to include in the extras some covers versions of "Sylvia" and "Hocus Pocus" with Thijs Van Leer of Focus, taken from another show in Tilburg. The extras also contains a interview and a behind the scenes of the world tour with a long segment of the Progressive Nation at Cruise with Adrian Belew and Jon Anderson playing with the band. Mike Portnoy would say in the interview that, it was one of his top show in his career.

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 Building the Bridge / Live In America by TRANSATLANTIC album cover DVD/Video, 2006
3.85 | 46 ratings

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Building the Bridge / Live In America
Transatlantic Symphonic Prog

Review by nandprogger

4 stars It's so hard speak of this DVD, but there is two things which are opposite here. First, is which there are a good playlist to hear, inclusive one track which is not in others recordings, the fantastic covers of the bands of components and the track "mystery train" which I know have to record in video in other DVD; this recordings are the high point of this DVD. But the quality of this video recording is so bad, perhaps for the year of record, the cameras are in a bad position and fixing in some places, I remember of some DVD's of MAGMA ( the place it's so tight), don't can see the fans, and the cameras presenting delays. My score is 3.8: for the choice of tracks

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 Whirld Tour 2010 Live in London by TRANSATLANTIC album cover DVD/Video, 2010
4.65 | 172 ratings

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Transatlantic Symphonic Prog

Review by Progulator
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4 stars I never really did get into Transatlantic that much. They seemed to me, in many ways, the perfect example of the supergroup whose sum was less than its parts. So how did I end up deciding to write this review of a year old DVD from a band that never really did it for me? Youtube. Being the FLOWER KINGS FANBOY that I am, I've been looking for interviews with Roine Stolt on Youtube lately and I stumbled across one with all the Transatlantic members. After thoroughly enjoying the interview, out of the corner of my eye I spotted a link to a song from the Whirld Tour 2010 DVD. I just couldn't fight the urge; the interview was great and my fingers couldn't stop themselves from clicking the link. And so it was that my mind exploded and now I find myself with a copy of the DVD and twenty-two bucks poorer (albeit happier).

Transatlantic's Whirlwind Tour 2010 DVD made me feel like a kid in a candy store. Somehow I felt that this fine performance of Stolt, Trewevas, Portnoy, Morse, and Gildenlow was the perfect showing of what their vision of Transatlantic's music is: quality composition and a fantastic level of no-gimmicks-needed showmanship. Daniel, although stuck in the back, never ceased to amaze me with his world class voice and ability to be, in my opinion, the perfect hired gun for adding additional everything (vocals, synths, guitar, percussion, etc.). Pete's bassline's were spot on and always finding interesting grooves and runs. Mike's drumming, while often quite a bit heavier than you'd find in most similar bands, always felt like it fit the part and added tons of energy to the set. Plus, seeing his vertically challenged figure crowd-surf literally all the way to the back of the theater after doing a hilarious death grunt joke on Morse made my day. I've never been a fan of Neal's voice, so I'll spare you my opinion there, however, Mr. Morse delivers with flying colors in the keys department, achieving a great dirty Hammond sound with mouth-watering smears galore and splendid all around aggressive playing. I seriously thought he was gonna knock his whole rig over when he was delivering some stunning jamming on "We All Need Some Light." It was awesome.

For me, the biggest surprise and joy was Roine's performance. He's always been great with the Flower Kings, but I felt like he managed to top himself in just about all aspects of his performance here, bringing to the table a sound which is entirely distinct from his soloing style in TKF. His phrasing and sense of touch and dynamic were the best I've ever seen from him, each solo being beautifully executed with him knowing just which notes to milk. Most good performers play their notes perfectly; on this DVD, Mr. Stolt managed to always find the perfect notes and play them divinely. His subdued jazzy section right after the Portnoy drum solo on "Duel With the Devil" is a perfect example of his expressive but never forced playing. Furthermore, the choice of Stolt's vocals on "We All Need Some Light" gave the piece just the beautifully haunting and majestically decrepit feel it needed to make an uplifting chorus that much more powerful.

While a marvel of a DVD, there were two things that could have been improved, in my opinion. Only a minor issue, but I felt like Neal's tron and organ patches could have been mixed at a much more significant volume in order to add more depth to the band's sound. They were somewhat drowned out for most of the film, adding just a subtle hint of texture rather than contributing to a richer, fuller sound. But, I understand that some people like their keyboards in the back, so, whatever. The next thing is a bit of a bothersome issue that either has to do with bad editing or shameless overdubbing. There were two moments during "The Whirlwind" where an instrument or voice clearly didn't match up with what was being played. I hope and pray that this was just an audio/visual syncing mistake, because I think I stand with most prog fans when I say that I'd rather watch a live performance, not a music video. I'll give the band the benefit of the doubt though.

Despite any small complaints, Whirld Tour 2010 makes a fantastic contribution to my DVD collection that I'm sure I will watch and enjoy over and over. Transatlantic's above and beyond stage presence and positive vibe, coupled with the spectacular execution of these songs, make the show and the music really come to life. Their mix of classic rock with epically long progressive composition really came across strong with this group of guys who seem to just be out there having fun and jamming. Except that we were having just as much fun watching them, for three and a half hours, with only six songs. That, my friends, is what you call a feat.

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 Kaleidoscope by TRANSATLANTIC album cover Studio Album, 2014
3.83 | 477 ratings

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Kaleidoscope
Transatlantic Symphonic Prog

Review by Progulator
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4 stars If there's a band whose members certainly keep busy, it's Transatlantic. Featuring an international lineup hailing from Sweden, USA, and England, the Morse/Portnoy/Stolt/Trewavas combination is truly magical. The year 2009 saw the reunion of the band after a 7 year hiatus when they released their masterpiece The Whirlwind, an album length piece of music full of emotion, catchy vocals, and complex musicianship to make you wow in excitement at times and shed a tear of joy at others. Five years and a slew of albums later from this all-star quartet in their respective bands leads us to us a stunning new album, Kaleidoscope, clocking in at approximately 75 minutes over the course of 5 tracks; just what the prog doctor ordered. But we're not talking 13 minutes apiece average here. We're talking two epics at a whopping 25 and 32 minutes respectively separated by a trio of shorter tracks that enrich the flow of the album and give us a bit of a breather as we ingest so much epic music.

I'll perhaps be a bit unconventional today and depart from my tendency to review an album from front to back; this time we're starting off with the title track, "Kaleidoscope," an amazing piece offering 30+ minutes of music. The first thing that caught my attention about this one was how Neal Morse-like it sounds. From the start I'm hearing a lot that reminds me of the Testimony albums, everything from the interplay between guitar riffs and keys to some of the hints of eastern music in the first couple of minutes. When Neal's vocals come in we hear what we expect: upbeat, even bouncy/catchy melodies and a chorus in a style we are very familiar with. Everything keeps chugging along in quality-Transatlantic fashion and then at around 8:40 there was something new that struck my ears. There's this melodic melancholy section consisting of a super-juicy Roine lead playing a slow line with savory Mellotron 3 violins swelling in the background; it's a total TFK moment. Pete's moving bass part here is spot on, and when the snare comes in hitting on the beat it is intense. Transition here to Roine on lead vocals for a verse section which is foreboding with just a touch of jazz, great head nodding groove, and this sinister little riff that keeps coming in and out between sections, adding an evocative mood contrast. What's up next is a real treat: a jazzy, Neal laying down some fantastic phrasing on the synth lead followed by perhaps the best of Roine's guitar solos on the album over a bed of marvelous walking bass-lines by Trewavas. About 17 minutes into the track there's a cello melody that carries us up, up and away as Stolt's guitar eventually takes over the melody?supported by loads of strings? before taking us to a big change of pace. Neal pulls out the acoustic guitar and makes the setting a bit more intimate with a little acoustic folk part. The minimalism of the part works out quite nicely and certainly serves to augment the eventual Mellotron swells and little ringing bells. Simple, yet catchy, hooks in this section are a good argument for Portnoy's frequent claims of Neal as a master songwriter. As we move through last 10 minutes or so of the song we get a lot of what us Transatlantic fans crave: screaming Hammond and proggy instrumentals to the max that perfect blend the styles of each performer before capping it off with a big Neal Morse style chorus.

Between the final track, "Kaleidoscope," and the grandiose opener, "Into the Blue," Transatlantic calms it down a bit with two ballad-esque pieces sandwiching a straightforward rocker. The first of these soft pieces is "Shine," a song that recently saw the release of a music video and which many are most likely familiar with at this point. Basically it's a sort of spiritual ballad that's mellow all the way through. Of course, Roine's solos on this one are uber-tasty, but what really came as a surprise was the Beetle's-esque moment in the middle of the track where Mike Portnoy delivers fantastic vocals. For those who may or may not be Dream Theater fans and who have often complained about Mike's vocals, I can assure you that his trippy hippy singing on this one really hit the mark and made me hoping for more of this sort of thing from Mike in the future. Following "Shine" is "Black as the Sky," a rocking neo-proggy piece that banks on being catchy and hard-hitting, plowing through with big sound and loads of keyboard leads all the way. Finally, the trio of short pieces ends with "Beyond the Sun," a song that will blind you with its uplifting beauty. The instrumentation is interesting here, pretty much just cello, piano, and Roine's reverb-laded guitar leads doing all kinds of bendy Gilmour-esque stuff, making heavy use of of swells and ambiance. With excellent melodies and a gorgeous mood to boot, this piece is certainly heavenly and, as a bonus, leads in perfectly to the closer: "Kaleidoscope."

I figured I should leave the best for last, and in the case of the new Transatlantic album, the most impressive piece certainly is the opener, "Into the Blue." This massive track kicks off the record by deftly moving from a beautiful cello melody to a triumphant theme in Transatlantic style. The band wastes no time to go all guns blazing with Portnoy upping the intensity to 11 with fierce drum solos over a section that screams out The Flower Kings? always a good move in my book. From there we move into one of Roine's signature heavy classic rock guitar riffs; soloing ensues on all ends before a simple (yet memorable) dark melody as the band preps us for the first verse. At this point the style makes a massive shift into the Neil Morse songwriter direction as Neal delivers "The Dreamer and the Healer." Slow rotor Hammond takes over with sustained guitar, subtle shifts in bass, tron 3 violin swells, and a powerful sense of nostalgia carrying us to an uplifting chorus and beyond. Following a heavenly post-chorus full of synth leads and choirs, the song takes us back to the heavy guitar riff we saw earlier, but this time replaces it quickly with a bass line and Stolt on vocals, reminding very much of the last two Flower Kings records. The solo section here really gets powerful with Roine's creative phrasing and some ultra-tasty drumming by Mr. Portnoy. The build here is absolutely incredible with Mike and Neal laying down dose after dose of added intensity with Mike's drumming really shining all through the massive build up following the guitar solo, terminating in a gigantic sonic explosion.

After almost 17 minutes of pure prog bliss I asked myself, "how can it get any better?" Enter Daniel Gildenlow, frontman of Swedish modern progger's Pain of Salvation. Over a ambient tapestry of sound, Gildenlow's delicate, emotional voice, poignant use of dynamic and phrasing, and mammoth range prove here that he is one of the absolute best singers in prog. The section is very Morse, but Daniel's voice is just what elevates it from great to spectacular. As sparkly acoustic guitars and Mellotron flute come in we get another verse before an explosive pipe-organ section with Neal's voice entering the stage again; the contrast is, at first, a move from heavenly to ominous, but the chord changes do lighten it up a bit. From here to the end we see the return of principal themes teetering on a catwalk between foreboding and triumphant before taking us to a final uplifting chorus. When silence returns and you feel the sweat running down your forehead, you realize that in the next 11 months which will round out 2014 this song will be the standard by which all others are judged. It's that good.

And there you have it. At this point I feel like I should be saying "Another year gone by and Transatlantic leaves all other albums from this year in their dust." Unfortunately it's only January, and there's still plenty of time for many brilliant albums to come out, and I'm sure this year will see many mind-blowing prog releases. Regardless, when it comes to Kaleidoscope, the bottom line is that the Morse, Stolt, Portnoy, Trewavas combination once again delivers some of the finest epic pieces we could could ask for.

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 The Whirlwind by TRANSATLANTIC album cover Studio Album, 2009
4.05 | 774 ratings

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The Whirlwind
Transatlantic Symphonic Prog

Review by The Ace Face

4 stars I have recently returned to progressive rock, the music of my high school days, after long periods exploring other genres. More specifically, I have gotten back into Neal Morse and all of his projects in a major way, and I wanted to explore the new Transatlantic albums that had been released since I put them aside several years ago. I enjoyed SMPT:e, but overall the the songs and sections of the various epics seemed strung together, the solo sections were a bit too long, and Neal seemed to dominate the composition, not allowing much room for Roine Stolt or Pete Trewavas to really show their composition styles. Bridge Across Forever had some of those same problems, but there was much more of a focus on band composition, and at least Neal and Roine traded singing on different sections. Not only that, but the recurring musical themes tying the different epics together and the sheer scope and grandeur of Stranger In Your Soul give the album a transcendent quality that puts it amongst my favorite progressive albums.

With The Whirlwind, I think they've finally nailed what they set out to do from the beginning. Setting the difficult task of composing a 78 minute long song actually gives the whole band a lot of room to stretch out and really dig into their various ideas with gusto. The typical opening instrumental opener is longer, given about 7 minutes to introduces the various musical themes and it hits the right balance between musical composition and instrumental virtuosity that really kills, with Roine and Neal both showing their skills with flourishes and riffs but never threatens to dominate. The first vocals, surprisingly, come from Roine Stolt which is indicative of how much of a collaborative effort this is. The Whirlwind vocal theme is as melodic and catchy as anything they've ever written, and gives a wonderful driving start for the album.

"The Wind Blew Them All Away" gives way to eerie minor key acoustic guitars and an offbeat vocal from Morse. Roine gets in a nice solo in the middle, and we get a reprise of one of the dark and heavy themes from the overture near the end. Then the upbeat theme kicks in and melds seamlessly with the chorus of this section to create a powerful climax. As the final note winds down, Pete's bass leads the way into "On The Prowl", a 6/8 section that seems structured to give plenty of room for extended solos but really offers Neal and Roine space to kind of play off one another with their different instruments, and then roars into the vocal section with some darker lyrics and singing from Neal.

"A Man Can Feel" is probably my favorite section taken as an individual song, and sounds very much like Roine got to write this whole section. Spooky harpsichord and singing from Roine give way to a driving rhythmic pre chorus and burst open into the soaring chorus with excellent backing vocals from the rhythm section. Excellent bass riffing here as well, with another great guitar solo backed by Neal's Mellotron-Chorus. After the second chorus, the melody starts in line with the chorus and another guitar solo followed by Neal's first organ solo of the album follow, and a darker instrumental section misleadingly leads into the driving "Out of the Night", another Roine-led section that alternates verses and choruses with Neal reprising the album's main theme.

"Rose Colored Glasses" is a longer section led by Neal that starts as a slow acoustic piece that builds and builds into a strong climax with interweaving themes and a soaring guitar solo. After it winds down, "Evermore" begins with a haunting piano riff constantly interrupted by some darker riffs and drum fills. After some instrumental fireworks, the singing comes in and alludes to a later section before kicking into "Set Us Free", picking up one of the most drivingly rocking themes from the overture and really hammering it home before settling into a kind of funky groove that sets the stage for Neal's vocals. Some ambient piano riffing takes us into the next section, another favorite of mine.

"Lay Down Your Life" kicks in with heavy cello riffing and some deep grooves from the drums. Neal sings this section with high falsetto and some screams that suit the heavy groove, and the chorus is incredibly hard rocking and creepy at the same time. Another great guitar solo and another chorus takes us into "Pieces of Heaven", a short instrumental section. This doesn't last long before going into "Is It Really Happening?", a slower, ambient mood piece for the first half, with chanting from all four members that seem to be spoken from a trance. As the drums get louder and more complex, the song gets faster and a truly killer guitar solo kicks in and tears the sky open, and then Neal's synths join in to drive the section home.

"Dancing With Eternal Glory/The Whirlwind (Reprise)" follows with a slow piano introduction from Neal. A brief word on Neal Morse's epic compositions: he loves to end them with the same theme that began them and this is no exception, but this final section introduces his religious tinged epic ending, and then throws in several of the main themes from the album to boot before literally ending the album of the same riff that began it, and maybe I just love the riff, but its a damn solid way to bring this epic to a dramatic close.

I didn't mention Mike Portnoy once during this review, and I just wanted to include some words on him here. He's an incredible and versatile drummer, and he just kills it all over this album, going crazy with riffs and fills at all the right moments, giving a driving beat and extra few beats to really keep the tempo, slowing down when he needs to, and holding back when he needs to. I can't say a bad word about the guy, he's just constantly on point no matter whats happening in the music.

The music never bores you, I can listen to it several times over and find new parts to love, this album is a true delight from some of the best progressive rockers out there.

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 The Whirlwind by TRANSATLANTIC album cover Studio Album, 2009
4.05 | 774 ratings

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The Whirlwind
Transatlantic Symphonic Prog

Review by Roland113
Special Collaborator Neo-Prog and Crossover Teams

2 stars . . . In my not so humble opinion.

I'm not going to beat around the bush here, this album did so little for me despite my repeated attempts to enjoy it. I tried, I mean, it's got Neal Morse and Roine Stolt, two of my favorite prog musicians. It's got Mike Portney, nothing more is needed to be said there. Pete Trewavas too . . . this is the definition of a super group, so why did it leave me cold and lifeless inside. On paper, I should love this.

Why, is the real question, what is wrong with this album? Yes, there are some pretty significant religious overtones, not my thing, that's not the problem on this one though. I enjoy some of Neal Morse's preachy albums, Sola Scriptura and ? are brilliant. I'm pretty good at ignoring the content of the lyrics as long as they aren't laughable. There's something deeper going on here.

My first thought was the lack of hooks, but I realized that's not entirely correct, there are hooks all over the place, they're just not very good ones. The more that I think of it, the album is really just a long series of mediocre hooks with a lot of different notes thrown in between. Listening to this album, I just get this picture of Neal Morse jumping from instrument to instrument a-la Buckaroo Banzai with the cheesy smile that keeps saying 'look at how good I am'. I'm sorry Mr. Morse, but your hooks run into each other and your solos seem to involve a lot of notes in succession that work theoretically, but have little staying power. There was a time when I found this band new and exciting, I loved everything Mr. Morse was doing, now even the 'strange off time parts' seem rote and predictable to me.

I'd love to give this a higher rating, I would, but other than the somewhat tense 'Evermore' and the novelty of 'The Return of the Giant Hogweed' this album leaves me totally unimpressed. This album killed all excitement that I had for Transatlantic to the point that I still haven't cared enough to give the follow up album (that's right, I can't even remember its name) a spin.

I wanted so much to enjoy this album.

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 Kaleidoscope by TRANSATLANTIC album cover Studio Album, 2014
3.83 | 477 ratings

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Kaleidoscope
Transatlantic Symphonic Prog

Review by Daggor

3 stars For those unfamiliar (which, up until a short time ago, included myself), Transatlantic is a progressive rock/metal supergroup consisting of members of Spock's Beard, Dream Theater, Marillion and The Flower Kings. The band comfortably exists in a common ground between those other four bands' sounds, with complex, highly melodic, long form songs. This by itself it to be applauded, because my experience with each four of these bands separately has been to hear the music drift into listless complexity, only to snap into empty, uninspired melodies. That's not to insult any of these bands, because these are all musicians with some absolutely incredible music along with the missteps. It's just the nature of the territory. Still, before I go farther in discussing the latest Transatlantic release, Kaleidoscope, I do want to say that just striking the balance between melody and complexity so naturally is to be applauded, especially in a supergroup.

That being said, because Transatlantic exists in the comfortable middle ground between the collected musicians' illustrious careers, that comfortable middle ground is remarkably small, and while 'epic' in scope, the musical ambitions of Kaleidoscope are disappointingly small. This also goes with the supergroup territory, but I still have to address it, especially if you're familiar with the careers of Mike Portnoy, Neal Morse, Roine Stolt, and Pete Trewavas: don't expect to hear anything you haven't heard before. That's not to say that these specific combinations aren't fresh, because combining the symphonic talents that Roine Stolt brings to the table with Portnoy's distinct drum passages creates some really cool moments.

What made this album difficult to review though was the expectations. Transatlantic isn't a band I've followed closely at all in the past, but since Portnoy has left Dream Theater, the quality of his output has been improving notably. On top of that, I have an appreciation for what Stolt, Trewavas, and especially Morse ought to be capable of. So when the four put together a completely predictable, but also excellent album, I'm torn. There's a part of me that wants to come down hard on Kaleidoscope, but then I look around and see albums far more ambitious that I'm enjoying far less, and realize that it wouldn't be fair.

What finally brought me around was "Shine." When I was drawing my attention to the bookend epics, the title track, and "Into The Blue," I found them both too long to be significantly memorable. They're excellent songs in their own right, but the more restrained "Shine" is what gave me the outstanding vocal melodies to latch onto, and ignited my real appreciation for this record. Even if I was a bit disappointed in the level of creativity, I can still appreciate when a progressive rock album just sets out to do the genre proud, and there's really something to be said for familiarity done right.

3.75 // 5

Originally posted at www.blackwindmetal.com

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 Kaleidoscope by TRANSATLANTIC album cover Studio Album, 2014
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Kaleidoscope
Transatlantic Symphonic Prog

Review by ProggyDon

3 stars I've been a big fan of Transatlantic in the past. The first two albums still stand as really good prog. Kaleidoscope however is them just treading water and is a bit of a disappointment to me personally. I know they can play well, and the music is recorded as good as always, but its just average, generic prog with not much to recommend it. Its fine if you want some background prog to play while your 'doing the ironing', but does'nt hold my attention as well as their other albums.

They need to up their game if they want to stay at the top of the prog tree. Lets hope the next installment is an improvement. I very much hope so.

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