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SUPERNATURAL HIGHWAYS

Rocket Scientists

 

Symphonic Prog

4.10 | 21 ratings

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genbanks
5 stars When I read for the first time about this new work of the Rocket Scientists, I thought that the title of the 'lbum was so nice, just ask myself 'which kind of music could be with that title?', seems to fit perfectly with the band's concept'and just was by this way, and well'just a masterpiece, unless for me. The main thing is an instrumental epic of 26 minutes, (Traveler on the Supernatural Highways) that past so fast that you would want more and more. The theme it is not tracked in the CD, but has seven parts, well defined in the booklet. I will describe part by part. The fact is that if you (as I guess) did not make never a trip on a Supernatural Highway, this music is the opportunity to do it! First part (6:38 minutes) starts with a bass synthesizer motive, and over this, since the very beginning, the epic feeling is there, the melody and the rhythm section are typical Norlander and sound great. I just imagine the travelers or the traveler on this trip, what they see at the sides of the highway, or what they perceive on the horizon... The melody repeats on this first part but evolving over itself, just amazing. On the second part (3.44 minuttes), the epic sensation seems to increase as the melody take another round but with a different approach, and the overall track becomes more dynamic' the trip seems to be more adventure now, a true epic trip. Suddenly seems to take a breath and flows into a peaceful section on the part three (1.26 minutes), which gets over an amazing rhythm section, with a beautiful synthesizer melody, until everything seems to stop. But just starts again, now with an almost romantic piano motive, great for Norlander! (Part 4 2:14 minutes) Since then the piece starts to flow to something more rhytmycal, less symphonic and more eclectic. That's Part 5 (3:19 minutes). I can see Don Schiff work here, with his distinctive stick sound. What happens? The trip gets into something darker maybe or less enjoyable? As if something is altering the travelers'and this sensation persists into the Part 6 (1:52 minutes) too, but now with a more intense job of the synths and guitar. Finally the trip seems to pass this moment and slowly returns to the epic context (Part 7 6:53 minutes), but now with the electric guitar there. But the epic feeling becomes more ethereous now till the end, and I can imagine myself seeing the travelers disappear on the far distance, into the clouds, maybe to another dimension? Just Wow! The second track, is a little gem for me, a great cover. Reading the booklet, Norlander says that Marc McCrite, the guitarist and singer of the band was always a fan of John Barry, the soundtracks maker of James Bond series. The guys get into a cover of 'On her majesty's secrets service' from the same title movie, an instrumental piece with true winds! Trumpets and trombones'and the result is stunning again. Just an EP, but sounds great, personally I love this album, is progrock from A to Z. Not virtuous, but atmospheric and epic. Highly recommended.
genbanks | 5/5 |

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