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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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TRANSATLANTIC top albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

4.06 | 653 ratings
SMPTe
2000
4.16 | 728 ratings
Bridge Across Forever
2001
4.06 | 834 ratings
The Whirlwind
2009
3.82 | 514 ratings
Kaleidoscope
2014

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

3.40 | 123 ratings
Live in America
2001
4.49 | 175 ratings
Live in Europe
2003
4.51 | 181 ratings
Whirld Tour 2010 - Live From Shepherd's Bush Empire, London
2010
4.40 | 102 ratings
More Never Is Enough
2011

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

3.81 | 102 ratings
Live in Europe
2003
3.88 | 48 ratings
Building the Bridge / Live In America
2006
4.66 | 186 ratings
Whirld Tour 2010 Live in London
2010
3.67 | 12 ratings
The Official Bootleg DVD
2010
4.40 | 40 ratings
KaLIVEoscope
2014

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

4.11 | 75 ratings
Bridge Across Forever - The Limited Edition
2001
4.48 | 70 ratings
SMPTe (The Roine Stolt Mixes)
2003

TRANSATLANTIC Official Singles, EPs, Fan Club & Promo (CD, EP/LP, MC, Digital Media Download)

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 SMPTe by TRANSATLANTIC album cover Studio Album, 2000
4.06 | 653 ratings

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SMPTe
Transatlantic Symphonic Prog

Review by AlanB

4 stars I have one of my Facebook friends to thank for introducing me to Transatlantic by posting a video of All Of The Above on my news feed. In doing so he indirectly introduced me to the music of Neal Morse, The Flower Kings, Spock's Beard and reignited my interest in prog rock generally. So thanks Craig. At the time I first heard SMPTe I was blown away, especially by the first two tracks. All Of The Above is still one of my favourite prog epics, and my favourite by Transatlantic. The melodic structure, memorable tunes and the way the different parts connect are really impressive. Then we get We All Need Some Light, which is a beautiful tune with very meaningful lyrics. Mystery Train I'm not so impressed by, but My New World is another great track (not so great as the first two though). Finally, I'm afraid that In Held Twas In I does nothing for me, even though it's apparently a prog classic. So, five stars for the first two tracks, three for Mystery Train, Four for My New World, and two for In Held. I reckon that's 4 stars for the album as a whole.

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 Whirld Tour 2010 Live in London by TRANSATLANTIC album cover DVD/Video, 2010
4.66 | 186 ratings

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Whirld Tour 2010 Live in London
Transatlantic Symphonic Prog

Review by Quinino
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5 stars My ALL-TIME Greatest #25

I chose the video rather than the audio-only version of this fabulous concert because this is a visual besides an unparalleled musical experience.
When 4 years ago PA re-opened for me the doors I for long thought closed forever, this was the first saloon I stepped in, and what a feast was going on inside!

Global Appraisal

A reunion of great musicians, with various personalities and backgrounds, forming a coherent unit that succeeds to attain more, much more, than the sum of its parts, that's the bottom line of this project.

The goal of the tour was, besides promoting the namesake album, to further showcase the whole career of the band, with special focus on the epics.
So we are taken along a relentless succession of epic compositions (and a few not so long, interspersed for decompressing) of the highest progressive caliper, that grabs us right from the first notes and never lets go for more than 3 hours.

Tired?
Not a chance, the visible pleasure between the musicians onstage, shared by the rejoicing audience, that ultimately reaches you at home (imagine being there!) represents what might be an experience of a lifetime.

Goodies

Melody and energy, the Yin and Yang that side-by-side erupts from a pair of exceptionally gifted musicians/friends by the names of Neal and Mike: not at the least diminishing the equally high level of the contributions of the other 3 gentlemen, it's the tandem that for our enjoyment lightens the whole show with their visible shared pleasure in creating music.

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 The Whirlwind by TRANSATLANTIC album cover Studio Album, 2009
4.06 | 834 ratings

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The Whirlwind
Transatlantic Symphonic Prog

Review by BillyWhizz

3 stars The positives are that overall this is a good album, it's epic, meandering and bombastic, with a sprinkling of pompousness. It changes moods and has it's fair share of catchy hooks and quiet moments. It's well produced and recorded and has long moments that you can lose yourself in, which for me is why I like Prog in the first place. It also isn't trying to recreate and rehash old Prog music from the past, which so many current prog bands do, basically because nice middle aged, middle class people want them to. The music nods to a number of different influences, which you can plainly hear, but doesn't plagiarise.

The inescapable fact is that it is strongly influenced by Neil Morse, who many people either like or dislike; he's a rather polarising figure. If you're familiar with the other members of the band, you can hear their influences on the Morse based infrastructure of the music, like their leaves on his tree, if you'll pardon the pretentious analogy.

Having listened to a lot of Spocks Beard and Neil Morse, I have become slightly weary of his blunt didactic lyrical style and his reliance on familiar musical themes and styles - a la Gentle Giant etc. You can almost predict the little motifs such as da da da, da dada da. Got me? :-) There is absolutely no doubting his fantastic ability on the keys. He has a good voice, but again, he doesn't vary much from his usual repertoire.

I happen to enjoy Pete Trewavis' bass and vocals and also Roine Stolts guitar, although Roine's playing can be a little predictable and the wah wah pedal is often overused. Portnoys drumming is the usual high standard and his enthusiasm is palpable; I like him a lot. I listened to the album many times, which is in itself a good sign, IMHO. I also bought the dvd, which is great, even though Morse is highly annoying a lot of the time, and seems full of his own importance and not a little pious.

The lyrics are... well....erm.. acceptable. As usual the lyrics are full of references to "The Light" and the "epic struggle" of blah blah, and swamped in hyperbole, and contain the de rigueur, half hearted anti establishment/ anti bankster references to try to stay current and inclusive.

While there is no doubting Morse's religious fervor and enthusiasm, a few of the other lyrics sometimes miss the mark because they don't always appear sincere. However, this isn't uncommon amongst Prog artists these days and clever, poetic lyrics of a really high standard are rare and often with current Prog bands (or any other type of band/ musician), they are just there to break up and punctuate the music. This is fine if that's what you're looking for, but for me, I am looking for more.

It's not groundbreaking and it's nothing new and it even comes across as a bit rushed at points, but it's a good album by some very good musicians and I'd definitely recommend it.

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 The Whirlwind by TRANSATLANTIC album cover Studio Album, 2009
4.06 | 834 ratings

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The Whirlwind
Transatlantic Symphonic Prog

Review by The Prognaut
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5 stars After a long, long wait of almost an entire decade, these four monsters made a triumphant musical comeback into the nowadays Prog Rock scene in the most incredible and impressive way. 'The Whirlwind' is an almost seventy-eight minute piece indexed into twelve tracks that unveils the best piece of work the multinational supergroup has produced so far. The display of musicianship shown in this concept album outruns anything previously created and released by TRANSATLANTIC to such extent that 'The Whirlwind' instantly turned into the main reference to tell the band's distinctive signature from the rest.

"Overture / Whirlwind" reveals the base chords and passages the entire suite will continuously show all along this epical journey, almost as if these chords turned into the main and supporting characters dwelling in this musical narrative. And so, the first gleam of emotiveness sparkles marvelously on 'The Wind Blew Them All Away', a song filled with intense and crushing lyrics that almost at the same time soothes the impatience of devouring the entire album once and for all.

'On The Prowl', 'A Man Can Feel' and 'Out Of the Night' carry on down this road plagued of massive progressive passageways that bring back that old school TRANSATLANTIC we all waited for almost ten years until 'The Whirlwind' was released. Every song completes the following superbly in a way that you can pretty much feel you're lending ears to a classic TRANSATLANTIC medley within the depths of this musical whirlwind.

'Rose Colored Glasses' is to me, the next song in importance when it comes to depict the album's sense of emotion and sensitivity right after 'The Wind Blew Them All Away'. The simplicity of the instrumentation suits the lyrics perfectly. The song merges both music and words endlessly. It is simply the turning point of the entire album.

'Evermore' is where I got to feel a slight change of direction, if not completely; in the way 'The Whirlwind' was flowing. And it's a great one indeed. There seems to be a certain kind of contrast between that old school TRANSATLANTIC and the brand new one. It keeps the essential and yet it reveals the freshness of the band's renovated genius that flies throughout up to the very end of this masterpiece.

'Is It Really Happening?' and 'Dancing With Eternal Glory / Whirlwind (Reprise)' are two very enjoyable tracks, so rhythmical and greatly arranged. They've got all the pianos, guitar riffs and drumrolls you've been expecting to get in return for patiently waiting nearly ten years. The bundle has got keyboards played marvelously by Neal MORSE, a guitar department managed superbly by Roine STOLT, the passionate bass work displayed in the hands of Pete TREWAVAS and the signature thundering performance of Mike PORTNOY on drums. Nothing more to ask for in here.

So, it was worth the wait. 'The Whirlwind' has now become the cornerstone to devoted and new TRANSATLANTIC fans. All in all, the album deserves a standing ovation for the effort, the passion and lyricism altogether. It already ranks high among my personal favorite top prog rock albums of all time and I'm pretty sure it will stay there unarguably.

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 KaLIVEoscope by TRANSATLANTIC album cover DVD/Video, 2014
4.40 | 40 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
4.40 | 40 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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 KaLIVEoscope by TRANSATLANTIC album cover DVD/Video, 2014
4.40 | 40 ratings

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KaLIVEoscope
Transatlantic Symphonic Prog

Review by rdtprog
Special Collaborator Prog Metal / 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
3.88 | 48 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
4.66 | 186 ratings

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Whirld Tour 2010 Live in London
Transatlantic Symphonic Prog

Review by Progulator
Prog Reviewer

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
3.82 | 514 ratings

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Kaleidoscope
Transatlantic Symphonic Prog

Review by Progulator
Prog Reviewer

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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