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Prog Leviathan
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5 stars While some critics may be harsh on 'Bridge Across Forever' for its similar delivery and stylistic 'by the numbers' approach to the genre, I maintain that very, very, very few albums come close to approaching this album's amazing level of intricate craftsmanship and likeability-- 'Bridge Across Forever' is, for me, THE genre defining album of modern symphonic rock.

Like Transatlantic's first release, this one features the four musicians playing finely polished, extended songs with huge amounts of proficiency and dynamics; melodies are astounding and the instrumental performances rate among each player's individual best. The paradox is, that no single player steals the show and the four of them work amazingly well together-- making some of the most memorable epics of the last 10 years (at least). Vocal duties are still handled mostly by Morse, but each member's contributions add a wonderful touch to end result (whether Stolt's part-time leads or Portnoy/Trewavas' consistently excellent backing vocals). Instrumentally this album contains more killer moments of excellence than one can count, with numerous melodic and rhythmic solos that will blow away fans of the genre.

In fact, if asked by a friend, just what is progressive rock?, I would probably reach for 'Bridge Across Forever'. It's a wonderfully composed homage to the greats who started the genre decades ago played with more energy, skill, and virtuosity than could ever be expected. From the majestic, soaring highs to delicate textures-- simply stellar. Songwriting: 5 Instrumental Performances: 5 Lyrics/Vocals: 4 Style/Emotion/Replay: 5

Prog Leviathan | 5/5 |


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