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Transatlantic are a progressive rock supergroup formed in 1999 by Neal Morse (Spock's Beard) and Mike Portnoy (Dream Theater). Originally the duo intended to include Jim Matheos (Fates Warning) but he was unable to participate. It was then that Roine Stolt (The Flower Kings) was brought in, followed by Pete Trewavas (Marillion) to complete the line-up. Daniel Gildenlöw (Pain of Salvation) has additionally served as a fifth live member of the band.

They released their debut album SMPT:e (a play on their names as well as a common machine time protocol used in high end recording studios) in 2000. A follow-up, Bridge Across Forever, was released in 2001. The band ended in 2002 when Neal Morse found religion and left both Transatlantic and his main band Spock's Beard.

Morse and Portnoy would continue to work together and eventually, in 2009, the band reunited to work on a third studio album. The
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TRANSATLANTIC SMPTe album cover 4.27 | 16 ratings
SMPTe
Metal Related 2000
TRANSATLANTIC Bridge Across Forever album cover 4.62 | 17 ratings
Bridge Across Forever
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TRANSATLANTIC The Whirlwind album cover 4.34 | 19 ratings
The Whirlwind
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TRANSATLANTIC Kaleidoscope album cover 3.80 | 12 ratings
Kaleidoscope
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TRANSATLANTIC The Absolute Universe - The Breath of Life album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Absolute Universe - The Breath of Life
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TRANSATLANTIC The Absolute Universe - Forevermore album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Absolute Universe - Forevermore
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TRANSATLANTIC Live in America album cover 2.75 | 2 ratings
Live in America
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TRANSATLANTIC Live in Europe album cover 4.71 | 3 ratings
Live in Europe
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TRANSATLANTIC Whirld Tour 2010 album cover 4.17 | 3 ratings
Whirld Tour 2010
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TRANSATLANTIC More Never Is Enough album cover 3.25 | 2 ratings
More Never Is Enough
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TRANSATLANTIC KaLIVEoscope album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
KaLIVEoscope
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TRANSATLANTIC demos, promos, fans club and other releases (no bootlegs)

TRANSATLANTIC Bridge Across Europe Tour 2001 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Bridge Across Europe Tour 2001
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TRANSATLANTIC re-issues & compilations

TRANSATLANTIC SMPTe: The Roine Stolt Mixes album cover 3.00 | 1 ratings
SMPTe: The Roine Stolt Mixes
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TRANSATLANTIC The Absolute Universe - The Ultimate Edition album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Absolute Universe - The Ultimate Edition
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Live in America
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Building the Bridge - The Making of Bridge Across Forever
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Live in Europe
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TRANSATLANTIC Reviews

TRANSATLANTIC SMPTe

Album · 2000 · Metal Related
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Showing us what a true progressive rock supergroup looks like, Transatlantic brings together some of the biggest and most influential musicians from the prog world, such as Roine Stolt of the Flower Kings, Pete Trewavas from legendary rock band Marillion, Neal Morse, best known for his work with Spocks Beard and his countless solo albums, and of course, Mike Portnoy, known mostly for his work with Dream Theater, and also literally every other band in the universe.

Featuring just five tracks, three of which are fairly lengthy, 'SMPTe' is a fantastic prog rock record, which pays homage to all the great bands of the genres early days, while maintaining its own contemporary sound. Full of lavish instrumentals, complex yet engaging arrangements and emotional vocal work, Transatlantic are an exceptional band that will go on to be more than just a "side project".

Album opener, 'All of the Above' measures in at 31 minutes long, and is truly an "epic" in every sense of the word. Well paced, well composed and well executed. Full of incredible musicianship and catchy vocal sections, not only is this a fantastic song in its own right, but is a fine representation of progressive rock. Period.

'We All Need Some Light' and 'Mystery Train' are both shorter songs in comparison, being a beautiful rock ballad and a funky, all-out rock song respectively, both are infectious pieces that do a perfect job of bridging the gap between the longer tracks, which leads us to 'My New World' (hitting the 16-minute mark) and a cover of Procol Haram's 'In Held ('Twas) in I', which reaches 17 minutes. Both are fantastic pieces that maintain the high quality of music throughout the album.

There's a very palpable chemistry between all four musicians, with each member playing off of each other with ease. The music is energetic and fun, and wonderfully crafted. An added bonus is that all four men cover vocal duties. No doubt Neal Morse carries the bulk of it, but having four vocalists shakes things up and makes for better storytelling.

All-in-all this is an monumental album, and one that everyone should own. It will impress old fans and convert new ones, and is a true gem of progressive rock.

TRANSATLANTIC Kaleidoscope

Album · 2014 · Metal Related
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TRANSATLANTIC has become what I call “Comfort Prog” since to my ears, it's like junk food, meaning it has little nutritional value yet it tastes very good. That's exactly what we get with their 4th album KALEIDOSCOPE which is simply a reworking of all the material they began with their very first album “SMPTe.” I really like the first two albums and I have nothing against a supergroup doing retro prog as long as it isn't a carbon copy of what came before but at this stage fourteen years after that debut I would expect some serious developments in the musical evolution department. That is not what we get here. We simply get four prog stars resting on their laurels and setting the passion flame to cruise control and churning out very pleasant and well constructed epic suites that neither offend nor excite. They seem to have forgotten that “progressive” by its very definition means moving forward or advancing in steady increments. We do not get any of that here. This is just doing exactly what you've already done before only changing it around a bit and adding a nice pretty package.

The one exception for me (and many others I see) is the track “Black As The Sky” which seems to have mustered up some musical mojo to at least add one really satisfying' track to the album. Even this is hardly what I would call a major leap in any sort of development in their musical compositional approach. I give albums 3 stars for a few reasons. One reason is because an album contains a few great songs and lots of filler. Another is because the album is even but just not up to its potential possibly following or preceding a much stronger album and yet another is a perfectly good album that is simply anachronistic. If this was their debut album in 2000 it would be celebrated with the praise that their first two albums received, but these days there is so much more interesting prog to be had and this simply feels lackluster in comparison to their own past releases alone. For this release of comfort prog which is intended to give the prog masses an easily digestible package that doesn't require much effort to take in, I give a middle-of-the-road 3 stars.

TRANSATLANTIC Kaleidoscope

Album · 2014 · Metal Related
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The return of the international prog super group is back! And it's pretty much business as usual.

One their last album “The Whirlwind”, the band did the unthinkable and crafted a near 80 minute song with interweaving parts throughout. While this ended up as being the bands most successful release to date, I felt that the album was maybe just a tad overwhelming. Now don't get me wrong, I love mad prog epics more than the next guy...but maybe 79 minute songs are pushing it a little bit.

So...after the drama of Mike Portnoy's departure from Dream Theater had toned down, him and the rest of the guys (who avoid drama at the best of times) decided to finally bite the bullet after their big comeback in 2009 and finally release a follow up to the critically acclaimed “The Whirlwind.”

I have to say, at times this album did surprise me at times. After hearing a thousand copycat nostalgia prog bands doing re hashes of old Genesis material, it was a breath of fresh air to see Transatlantic doing something different. Now, this being their 4th release in 15 years, a similar pattern is emerging and certain generic traits are noticeable, but as entertainment showing off incredible virtuoustic talent, this pretty much hits the nail on the head. Musically the band haven't changed too much, but odd flourishes do grab my interest now and then. I also like how the shared vocal duties of the band have been more equally this time (with Neal mainly taking the reins most of the time on earlier releases). Now...Mike and Pete don't have the best voices, especially when compared with Neal and Roine, but there are moments on this album where they can suprise you.

The opening 25 minute opus “Into The Blue” is probably the album's strongest moment. Taking a more sinister feeling to their sound, it shows off a different side to the bands songwriting. The highlight on the song for me was on the section “Written In Your Heart” with guest vocalist and touring member Daniel Gildenlöw (who currently is unwell due to picking up a bacterial infection) providing some beautiful vocals.

The album's lead single “Shine” is a very nice country influenced ballad with some nice vocal harmonies throughout. The main attraction has to be Roine's ripping guitar solo in the mid section of the song.

One of the more enjoyable moments on the album is on the track “Black As The Sky.” A more upbeat rock infused song, the songs biggest highlight comes in the chorus showing of the bands use of four part harmony.

The weakest moment on the album has to be the albums title track, which clocks in at near 32 minutes. While it is still pretty enjoyable, it does drag on a bit at parts and is a rather lengthy affair. Other than that, it still does have some pretty great prog infused moments.

In conclusion, it's pretty much what you expect. I will admit that this album is better than their previous effort “The Whirlwind” it still doesn't match up to their magnum opus “Bridge Across Forever.” Still a highly enjoyable album with enough prog touches to entertain anyone into nostalgic prog and newer prog sounds.

8.2/10

TRANSATLANTIC The Whirlwind

Album · 2009 · Metal Related
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Wow, I was expecting this.

To be honest, when I heard these guys where reforming, I did do a wee dance.

This was really unexpected. I know their last album was just perfect in everyway, but a 78 minute song, wow, that was something unheard of.

I think this is the longest song ever made, and 2009 was the year of big long songs (Procupine Tree's 55 minute epic The Incident). But which is better...there is only one way to find out...FIGHT!!!! (only Harry Hill fans would understand that).

I. Overture/Whirlwind - A beautiful instrumental stating all the themes, in all their beauty. 10/10

II. The Wind Blew Them All Away -Great song with some amazing vocals from Neal. Very calm and suprising eerie. 9/10

III. On The Prowl - That bassline is very Pink Floyd. Very rocking with a great chorus. 10/10

IV. A Man Can Feel - Suprisingly touching and very joyous. 9/10

V. Out Of The Night - A more rocking subject. Great riffs and instrumental work. 9/10

VI. Rose Coloured Glasses - Has a bit of a country feel to it. Great chorus and vocals provided by the band. 9/10

VII. Evermore - Great vocals. Amazing isntrumental work. 10/10

VIII. Set Us Free - Loving the return of the keyboard theme. Great chorus. Very joyous. 10/10

IX. Lay DownYour Life - Wow, what a riff. Very death march theme. Amazing and very angry vocals from Neal. 10/10

X. Pieces Of Heaven - Pretty kick ass instrumental. Very crazy. 10/10

XI. Is It Really Happening? - Quite laid back and sombre. The instrumental sections are amazing. 10/10

XII. Dancing With Eternal Glory/Whirlwind (Reprise) - Very epic and very beautiful. Great ending. 10/10

CONCLUSION: Definitly a contendor for the best album of last year. Very epic and if you disagree, then you have no soul (their is no such thing as a soul, but you know, metaphorically speaking)

TRANSATLANTIC Bridge Across Forever

Album · 2001 · Metal Related
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Supergroups can be quite a curse, look at Blind Faith, The Traveling Willbburries, Emerson Lake & Palmer, Chas &Dave (I just wanted to play spot the odd one out).

But I think these guys are the only successful supergroup...ever.

These guys actually take the genius from all 4 contestants and put it to good use, with Neal's amazing songwriting and beautiful key work, Roine's amazing improv guitar, Pete's impressive bass skills and Mike's God like drumming to a complete unison of use.

This album is just perfect in every way, and I would even say it is one of the greatest abums I have ever heard. The first and last song are the main contendors, but the middle songs are just as good.

1. Duel With The Devil - A master composition. The main theme Motherless Children is very beautiful, and put to amazing uses. The instrumental work is flawless, with the middle saxophone melody being my favourite. Just amazing. 10/10

2. Suite Charlotte Pike - Mixing Beatle esque harmonies and melodies with some great improv sections, this song really does not fail one bit. Not a dull moment. 10/10

3. Bridge Across Forever - A beautifull ballad. Not my favourite Neal Morse ballad, but still a worth while composition. 9/10

4. Stranger In Your Soul - Best song on the album, and one of the greatest songs ever made. This song has a special place in my heart, because it encapulates some of my all time favourite memories, one of them was when I was walking home at 11 o'clock at night, with this song blasting in my ears. It was pitch dark, and I could have easily been atacked, butI didn't care, cause I was listening to this song. My brother got me into this song, forcing me to watch the live version of it, and I soon got the DVD, just for that song (the rest are pretty good as well). From the beauty of the string section, to the rocking of Hanging In The Balance, to the beauty and solemn of the middle section, to the epic ending. It's beyond great. 11/10 (Yes, 11, take that up your pipe and smoke it)

CONCLUSION: Perfection, in every way possible.

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