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3 stars Influenced by the likes of Genesis, Yes, Camel, Pink Floyd, Pendragona and IQ, Atrium came to life in 2003 in Lisbon, Portugal through its founders keyboardist Rui Godinho and bassist Carlos Martins.The band settled to a trio the following year with the arrival of Pedro Cravo on guitars.While it appears they had a problem in the drummer's spot Atrium still launched a 3-track debut EP in 2008 (''Let me dream''), before Sergio Campos enters the picture behind the drum kit in 2009.A full-length album was the next step and in 2011 Atrium officially debuted with a 65-min. effort.The significance of the year is marked by the band as the album's title.

The music here is typical of the Neo Prog genre and pretty simplistic as its carrying title with the standard guidelines of a Neo Prog band: Instant melodies, rhythmic lines, semi-symphonic, multi-layered keyboards parts with lots of flashy edges and vocals in English, quite decent but not reaching the next level.While the music is not excessive, the tracks' lengths are pretty extended, six out of the seven are over 8 minutes long.What Atrium had chosen was to include different variations in the same track to deliver lengthy pieces, always driven by a strong sense of melody, comparable to PENDRAGON, IQ with touches of CAMEL, and some more theatrical aspects in the vocal parts.The result is cool but far from extraordinary, the atmosphere is both laid-back and intense depending on the track, some retro organ stylings are also thrown in for good measure and the guitar work is quite efficient with a few great soloing in a vintage, STEVE ROTHERY-inspired vein.But you gotta love a track like ''Like you (one step at a time)'', definitely the creative peak of this release, with its impressive guitar opening trembling, the orchestral synths, the obvious IQ-structural leanings and the fantastic grandieur in a CLEPSYDRA vein towards the end with Cravo's guitar in evidence.

Welcome entry in the misconceived world of Neo Prog.Melodic, atmospheric material in the vein of MARILLION, IQ, PENDRAGON, CLEPSYDRA and RED SAND.Recommended.

apps79 | 3/5 |


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