TRANSATLANTIC – Bridge Across Forever

Reviewed: December 2001
Released: 2001, Metal Blade
Rating: 4.0/5
Reviewer: CrashTest

Transatlantic aren’t overwhelmingly metal, but they are a hard-edged progressive band with a staggering amount of talent. So this begs the question, why am I including a review of this band if they’re not straight metal? Because if Dream Theater gets covered at Metal Rules, there’s no reason to deny these guys their due as well. So here we go …

For those unfamiliar with the band, Transatlantic is a super group composed of musicians from four of the best prog bands in the world. Neal Morse (Spock’s Beard vocalist), Mike Portnoy (Dream Theater drummer), Roine Stolt (Flower Kings guitarist) and Pete Trewavas (Marillion bassist) make up this extremely talented foursome. As should be expected from such a union the musicianship is top rate, but it’s the chemistry between the guys that really make this record. After all, what good is buckets of talent if the music comes out uninspired and overly technical? The disc is comprised of only four tracks, but those four tracks are good for more than an hour’s worth of music, with the longest track clocking in at an even thirty minutes. But fear not, the length of the tracks should not discourage anyone. The lengthier songs don’t suffer from a lack of direction or extreme repetition, which are often the downfall of marathon songs. Indeed, the music catches and holds your attention from start to finish.

This CD will appeal most to the prog heads of the world, but would certainly make a great addition to the collection of any metalhead who appreciates fantastic musicianship and music that challenges the senses on both a conscious and subconscious level. Good stuff.


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