The Whirlwind
Style: Progressive Rock
Release date: October 23rd 2009

The one and only supergroup of Progressive Rock: Mike Portnoy (Dream Theater), Neal Morse (ex-Spock's Beard), Pete Trewavas (Marillion) und Roine Stolt (The Flower Kings)! Or so they claim, and who's to argue with that statement? If you should have any doubt then they will all be evaporated by this magnificent piece of music!

What began in 1999 as a Mike Portnoy vision and resulted in 2 studio albums: "SMPTe" (2000) and "Bridge Across Forever" (2001) as well as two intensive world tours that spun out 2 live releases came to an end in 2003, when Neal Morse decided to turn his back on rock music. But now they are back; better, stronger and more creative than ever and have with "The Whirlwind" delivered a statement that's hard to ignore.

The 78 minutes long track is nothing short of a progressive milestone, a musical feast that takes you on a sonic journey into the stratosphere. The song is epic, it is opulent and innovative and it is filled with drama and great melodies. And for once the title of supergroup is justified; outstanding musicians playing outstanding music, which is perfectly produced and leaves nothing, and I mean absolutely nothing to be desired for...

And do buy the limited edition where you get an additional four Transatlantic songs as well as four cool cover-versions.

Comeback of the year!

November 30th - now I have had the chance to watch the DVD as well as listening to it so many time more, and my respect for this band has grown to even higher levels, and this album is not just comeback of the year, but also Album of the Year in my small world...



01.The Whirlwind (77:56)

  I. Overture / Whirlwind
  II. The Wind Blew The All Away
  III. On the Prowl
  IV. A Man Can Feel
  V. Out of the Night
  VI. Rose Colored Glasses
  VII. Evernore
  VIII. Set Us Free
  IX. Lay Down Your Life
  X. Pieces of Heaven
  XI. Is It Really Happening?
  XII. Dancing with Eternal Glory /
      Whirlwind (Reprise)
Label: InsideOut Music
Distribution: EMI (Denmark)
Reviewed by: Kenn Jensen
Date: November 3rd 2009 / November 30th 2009