Friday, 11 April 2014 21:42 | Written by Michel Scheijen |
TOUR: 'KALEIDOSCOPE' 2014 WORLD TOUR
GENRE: PROGRESSIVE ROCK
LOCATION: MUZIEKCENTRUM TRIX
CITY: ANTWERP, BELGIUM
What is it that makes Transatlantic so special? A question that's hard to answer since the release of their debut album 'SPMTe' in 2000. It has to be somewhere in the nucleus of the elite unit. Neil Morse (ex-Spock's Beard), Roine Stolt (Flower Kings), Pete Trewavas (Marillion), and Mike Portnoy (ex-Dream Theater) are beyond a doubt highly classified musicians with an acclaimed reputation. Their live performances are truly an amazing experience of well crafted progressive rock. Layzyrocker.com enjoyed the Transatlantic-gig on March 11 at The Trix in Antwerpen in order to be convinced of this overwhelming references.
Well...nothing too much has been said. The band brought an emotional intensity in the almost-three hour show with songs like 'Into The Blue', 'Shine', 'Black as The Sky', and 'Kaleidoscope' (from their just-released project of the same name), followed by 'My New World' and 'We All Need Some Light' (from their debut album), and a comprehensive 'Whirlwind'-medley.
Very important fact is that The Trix venue supported the layered music and vocals smartly, revealing a well-rehearsed musical unit that had everything down, from ensemble playing to solos, to individual and harmony vocals.
Neil Morse's passion about the music is intense, and his playing – whether on the keyboard or guitar – is precise and energetic. Roine Stolt is the visual centerpiece. His Frank Zappa-like guitar tones ringing out stirring solos as his body arcs and bends with the notes. Trewavas slaps out precise, distinct bass lines that anchor the music and hug every musical curve in the road. Book-ending, across from Morse, Portnoy flails away at his kit, sometimes standing to his feet, singing, beating out rhythmic patterns that would intimidate most other drummers, and playing the enjoyable host at the same time. Filling out the sound and adding to the vocal mix is Ted Leonard (Enchant/Spock's Beard), mostly in the background but playing an important role, not only on vocals but on guitar as well. Ted replaces the hospitalized Daniël Gildenlöw who's traditionally joining Transatlantic during their tours.
Transatlantic was awesome and filled the room with intricate, emotionally powerful and virtuosic performances.
01. Into the Blue
02. My New World
04. Whirlwind Medley: Overture/Rose Coloured Glasses/Evermore/Is It Really Happening/Dancing With Eternal Glory
05. Guitar duet (Neil Morse and Roine Stolt)
06. We All Need Some Light
07. Black as the Sky
08. All of the Above (abridged)
09. Stranger in Your Soul (abridged)
Special thanks to Frank van Liempd (Petting Zoo Propaganda)