On first hearing of The Atlantic, I was fairly impressed. I mean, it’s right up my alley – it’s prog metal of the finest caliber. At some point one begins to wonder if it’s all just being cranked out by a machine. You know, all of these wonderful Scandinavian stalwarts pumping out who knows how many cracking pieces of absolutely savage prog…where does it end? Well, dear readers, it ends right here, on your discovery of The Atlantic. This is sweeping, epic stuff, in the finest prog tradition. Anyone who passes them up as ‘just another prog metal outfit’ is going to miss out!
Everything that we’ve always loved about prog metal is here. The majestic, grandiose production; the screaming guitar leads, the triphammer drumming, the thumping bass, and the almighty vocals. Most good prog will give you plenty of widdling, but if it doesn’t go anywhere, then what’s the point? Widdling for the sake of widdling is no good, but if it takes you on a JOURNEY, like Evergrey does, then I could listen to it all day!
I will say one thing negative, and that’s probably going to cut it. Miniature rant here, basically for miniature ‘songs’. Bands – whenever you have an idea that is not particularly fleshed out, or it’s just bleeps and bloops, or it’s an intro, or whatever- leave it off, please! If it’s only a minute or two long, and it doesn’t go anywhere, then why put it on the album? Oh, it sets up the next song, you say? Fine, then put it with the next song. No more intervals, or interludes, PLEASE! The Tidal is one of these. I’m not necessarily saying that it’s a waste of space, but it is a waste of space!
Another thing that I forgot to mention. Every track on this recording has some very beautiful piano playing. In my notes for my review, there is the normal stuff about guitars and busy drums and such, but on nearly every track I also made the notation ‘P.P.’, which in reviewer parlance means pretty piano.
In closing, I’d like to say that it has been my pleasure to listen to this piece. I can’t always say that, you know. I listen to a lot of music!
1. A Silent Arc
3. All I Have
4. A Secret Atlantis
5. The Tidal
6. End of Silence
9. The Beacon
10. This Ocean
Playing Time: 54 minutes 30 seconds
Tom S Englund - vocals
Rikard Zander - keyboards
Johan Niemann - bass
Jonas Ekdahl - drums
Henrik Danhage - guitars