Power of Metal.dk Review

Style: Progressive Rock
Release date: 27 January, 2014
Playing time: 75:50

Just in case you shouldn't know; Transatlantic is a so-called supergroup featuring some the most prominent members of the prog rock community: Neal Morse (ex-Spock's Beard), Mike Portnoy (Adrenaline Mob, The Winery Dogs, ex-Dream Theater), Roine Stolt (The Flower Kings) and Pete Trewavas (Marillion), and "Kaleidoscope" is their fourth album, and the follow up to the highly acclaimed "The Whirlwind" from 2009.

And to be honest; this a step back for the prog giants! But it doesn't come a big surprise to me, because how do you top one of the best prog rock albums ever released? But it's only a very small step back, and the band still belongs among the best in the business, which they prove in abundance on this brilliant album.

Five songs: three shorter and two epic bookends, what else would you expect from Transatlantic... I won't go into specifics, just say that this album will satisfy all Transatlantic fans, even though I don't feel it up to par with "The Whirlwind" but maybe that's because I am a sucker for concept albums.

"Kaleidoscope" is moving within the safe, yet widespread boundaries of their sound, but that doesn't make it less progressive or less innovative. The production and the deliverance is absolute top-notch as expected; so sit back and enjoy ride.

01. Into the Blue (25:13)
  I. Overture (Instrumental)
  II. The Dreamer and the Healer
  III. A New Beginning
  IV. Written in your Heart
  V. The Dreamer and the Healer (Reprise)
02. Shine (7:28)
03. Black as the Sky (6:45)
04. Beyond the Sun (4:31)
05. Kaleidoscope (31:53)
  I. Overture (Instrumental)
  II. Ride the Lightning
  III. Black Gold
  IV. Walking the Road
  V. Desolation Days
  VI. Lemon Looking Glass (Instrumental)
  VIII. Ride the Lightning (Reprise)
Label: InsideOut Music
Distribution: EMI (Denmark)
Reviewed by: Kenn Jensen
Date: 21 January, 2014
Website: www.transatlanticweb.com