Review: Transatlantic – Kaleidoscope (Album)

tttBand: Transatlantic
Release: Kaleidoscope
Release Date: January 27th

Progressive rockers Transatlantic are a super group comprising of Mike Portnoy, Neal Morse, Roine Stolt and Pete Trewavas. And they’ve come together again to create ‘Kaleidoscope‘ their forth studio album which is due for release at the end of the month.

Transatlantic kick us off on some epic prog journey opener ‘Into The Blue’ which is a hefty twenty five minutes long but feels like a succession of different tracks linking into a narrative. ‘Into The Blue’ builds up delicately before entering a cinematic incline that erupts into anthemic lyrics that will hands waving and wannabee rock stars hand grabbing the air everywhere. We then enter an alluding bassy trance with vocals reverberating the floor below you. The track continues to fluctuate into a whirlwind of riffs and drums and doesn’t finish there even if you suspect it will. ‘Into The Blue’ is out there in the blue and you are definitely in for one hell of a ride.

Completely opposing this is the second track and the first single from the album ‘Shine’ which is not just a ballad but a ballad of vast proportions, it incorporates stunning lyrics whilst uplifting into striking solos that take ‘Shine’ to the next level. Transatlantic then give us ‘Black As The Sky’ which escalates wildly into electronic inclines before juxtaposing into iconic and memorable lyrics.

‘Beyond The Sun’ brings down the tone again slowly edging into momentous wind swept moments. Each track from ‘Kaleidoscope’ comes with such epic proportions that it could easily be a film soundtrack, showing what a varying and outstanding album it is. Final track ‘Kaleidoscope’ is a wild timely finale quickly ramping into a foot stomping riff off.  As the song takes its many paths we are pulled into intricate illustrations by Transatlantic as they touch on different genres and blur any lines they could have ever imagined been construed by. After twenty the minutes ‘Kaleidoscope’ signs off its name drawing in whirlwinds of intricate rhythms, strings and sounds into a phenomenal final ten minutes.


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