Transatlantic (band)

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Transatlantic
Transatlantic in 2010: Roine Stolt, Daniel Gildenlöw, Pete Trewavas, Neal Morse, Mike Portnoy
Background information
OriginUnited States
United Kingdom
Sweden
GenresProgressive rock
Years active1999–2002, 2009–present
LabelsInsideOut (Europe)
Metal Blade/Radiant (US)
Websitetransatlanticweb.com
MembersNeal Morse
Mike Portnoy
Roine Stolt
Pete Trewavas

Transatlantic is a multinational progressive rock supergroup consisting of Neal Morse (ex–Spock's Beard), Roine Stolt (Kaipa, the Flower Kings), Pete Trewavas (Marillion, Edison's Children) and Mike Portnoy (ex–Dream Theater). They formed in 1999 as a side project to their full-time bands, but disbanded in 2002.[1] They then reunited in 2009.

Despite not being an official member and not appearing on the studio albums, Daniel Gildenlöw (Pain of Salvation) has often joined the band during live shows. However, due to illness, Ted Leonard (Spock's Beard, Enchant, Thought Chamber) stood in for him during the 2014 tour.

Biography[edit]

Formation[edit]

Originally intending to include Fates Warning guitarist Jim Matheos, Morse and Portnoy tapped Flower Kings guitarist/vocalist Roine Stolt when Matheos was unable to participate. The band completed their lineup by adding bassist and progressive rock veteran Pete Trewavas from the group Marillion and Edison's Children.[1]

SMPT:e and Bridge Across Forever (2000–2002)[edit]

Their first album, 2000's SMPT:e (a play on words, as both a combination of the members' last initials, as well as a common machine time protocol used in high end recording studios) received strong critical reviews, including "some of the best progressive rock music ever written" (Robert Taylor in AllMusic).

A subsequent tour of the United States led to a double live CD, Transatlantic Live in America, and a video of the same name. The band showed their musical heritage on the live CD, presenting covers of the Beatles' "Strawberry Fields Forever", as well as a medley of Genesis' epic "Watcher of the Skies" and "Firth of Fifth".

Though SMPT:e contained the 31-minute opus "All of the Above", the band's second studio album, 2001's Bridge Across Forever, found the band flexing their muscles further in the long form for which progressive rock is known. The CD contained just four tracks, the 26-minute "Duel With the Devil", the 14-minute "Suite Charlotte Pike", and the 26-minute "Stranger in Your Soul" making up the bulk of the disc, with the title track coming in at a relatively scant five minutes. The limited edition also contains a cover of Pink Floyd's "Shine on You Crazy Diamond". In November 2001, the band toured Europe. As an added bonus for progressive metal fans, Daniel Gildenlöw of the band Pain of Salvation sat in throughout the tour, playing keyboards, guitars, percussion, and vocals.

Hiatus (2002–2009)[edit]

Morse left his regular band Spock's Beard in October 2002, stating "God wants me to do something else," which meant leaving the mainstream prog scene to launch a new career as a Christian musician. This move also included ending his activities for Transatlantic. Portnoy reacted: "This spells the end of Transatlantic as I wouldn't possibly consider continuing it without him."[2] A live DVD of the tour was released in late 2003.

In the years to follow Morse continued to collaborate with Portnoy both in the studio and on stage. Morse' concerts frequently included one or more Transatlantic songs. A three-quarter reunion took place on 23 August 2008, when Stolt and Portnoy joined Morse at the Three Rivers Prog Fest in Pittsburgh for "We All Need Some Light" and "Stranger in Your Soul".

Reunion and The Whirlwind (2009–2013)[edit]

On 16 April 2009, it was officially announced that the band had reunited and begun work on a third studio album.[3] The album was released in October 2009 and consisted of a single 77-minute title-track The Whirlwind. A special edition of the album was also released, including a second disc with four additional original tracks and four cover tracks. Additionally, a deluxe edition was released, which included a DVD documenting the making of the album.[4] The album reached No. 21 on the U.S. Billboard Heatseekers chart.[5]

The band toured North America and Europe in April–May 2010 in support of The Whirlwind. Dubbed the Whirld Tour, the band was again joined by Daniel Gildenlöw on stage.

In February 2013, the new Neal Morse band (with Mike Portnoy) and the Flower Kings started a European tour together which was followed by a gig in Los Angeles in May. Each band performed a set with their own songs and the encore set featured Transatlantic songs performed by Morse, Portnoy and Stolt supported by members of the two bands with special guests Jonas Reingold and Randy George alternating on bass.[6][7] The encore ends with eleven musicians on the stage.

On 10 March 2013, Pete Trewavas announced at the Marillion Weekend Convention in Port Zélande, the Netherlands, that he would be going to Nashville in the Summer to record new material with Transatlantic. Neal Morse confirmed this to DPRP.[8]

Kaleidoscope (2014)[edit]

On 30 May 2013, Mike Portnoy announced that they had finished writing a new Transatlantic album. It featured five songs (two epics and three 'normal length' ones) plus eight covers for the bonus disc.[9] The album was released in January 2014.[10] A world tour of the United States and Europe followed, including a performance on the "Progressive Nation at Sea" cruise created by Mike Portnoy. The band played two shows, with the first featuring the entire Kaleidoscope album and the second including guest performances by famous progressive rock artists such as Jon Anderson of Yes. On 11 September 2014, Kaleidoscope won Album of the Year at the third annual Progressive Music Awards.

The Absolute Universe (2019–2021)[edit]

Transatlantic recorded its fifth album, The Absolute Universe, and released it on 5 February 2021.[11][12]

Members[edit]

Touring and guests members[edit]

  • Daniel Gildenlöw – guitar, vocals, keyboards (2001 & 2010 tours, 2014 show, 2017 show)
  • Ted Leonard – guitar, vocals, keyboards (2014 tour, 2017 show)
  • Bill Hubauer – guitar, vocals, keyboards (2017 show)[13]

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Title Album details Peak chart positions
GER
[14]
FRA
[15]
NLD
[16]
SWE
[17]
SWI
[18]
AUT
[19]
FIN
[20]
JPN
[21]
UK
[22]
SMPT:e
  • Released: 21 March 2000
  • Label: Radiant/Metal Blade, Inside Out Music
  • Formats: CD, LP, digital download[23]
50
Bridge Across Forever
  • Released: 9 October 2001
  • Label: Radiant/Metal Blade, Inside Out Music
  • Formats: CD, LP, digital download[24]
56 98
The Whirlwind
  • Released: 27 October 2009
  • Label: Radiant/Metal Blade, Inside Out Music
  • Formats: CD, CD+DVD, LP, digital download[25]
45 134 40 59 118
Kaleidoscope
  • Released: 4 February 2014
  • Label: Radiant/Metal Blade, Inside Out Music
  • Formats: CD, CD+DVD, LP, digital download[26]
6 77 6 55 13 52 22 134 52
The Absolute Universe Forevermore + The Breath of Life
  • Released: 5 February 2021
  • Label: Sony Music, Inside Out Music
  • Formats: CD, CD+DVD, LP, digital download
3 83
[27]
4 32
[28]
3 29
[29]
56
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

Live albums[edit]

Title Album details Peak chart positions
GER
[14]
FRA
[15]
Live in America
  • Released: 12 March 2001
  • Label: Radiant/Metal Blade, Inside Out Music
  • Formats: CD, digital download[30]
Live in Europe
  • Released: 4 November 2003
  • Label: Radiant/Metal Blade, Inside Out Music
  • Formats: CD
Whirld Tour 2010: Live in London
  • Released: 26 October 2010
  • Label: Radiant/Metal Blade, Inside Out Music
  • Formats: CD
52 196
More Never Is Enough: Live In Manchester & Tilburg 2010
  • Released: 25 October 2011
  • Label: Radiant/Metal Blade, Inside Out Music
  • Formats: CD
KaLIVEoscope
  • Released: 27 October 2014
  • Label: Radiant/Metal Blade, Inside Out Music
  • Formats: CD+DVD
45
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

Other albums[edit]

Title Album details
Transatlantic Demos by Neal Morse
  • Released: 2 April 2003
  • Label: Radiant
  • Formats: CD
SMPT:e - The Roine Stolt Mixes
  • Released: 2003
  • Label: Metal Blade
  • Formats: CD

Video albums[edit]

Title Album details Peak chart positions
SWE
[31]
SWI
[32]
Live in America
  • Released: 2001
  • Label: Radiant/Metal Blade, Inside Out Music
  • Formats: VHS, DVD
Building the Bridge
  • Released: 2002
  • Label: Radiant Records
  • Formats: VHS, DVD
Live in Europe
  • Released: 25 November 2003
  • Label: Radiant/Metal Blade, Inside Out Music
  • Formats: DVD
The Official Bootleg DVD
  • Released: 2008
  • Label: Radiant/Metal Blade, Inside Out Music
  • Formats: DVD
Whirld Tour 2010: Live in London
  • Released: 25 October 2010
  • Label: Radiant/Metal Blade, Inside Out Music
  • Formats: DVD
13 7
More Never Is Enough: Live in Tilburg 2010
  • Released: 24 October 2011
  • Label: Radiant/Metal Blade, Inside Out Music
  • Formats: DVD
KaLIVEoscope
  • Released: 27 October 2014
  • Label: Radiant/Metal Blade, Inside Out Music
  • Formats: BD, CD+DVD+BD
5
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Neal Morse Interview". Guitarhoo!. Guitarhoo.com. 24 December 2013. Retrieved 22 February 2014.
  2. ^ "Transatlantic - The Official Site". transatlanticweb.com.
  3. ^ "Transatlantic Flies Again!!!". The Flower Kings official website. Retrieved 16 April 2009.
  4. ^ "TRANSATLANTIC'S THE WHIRLWIND - Coming in October!". Transatlantic - The Official Site. Retrieved 26 August 2009.
  5. ^ Charts, AllMusic
  6. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2 February 2013. Retrieved 22 February 2013.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  7. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 12 February 2013. Retrieved 22 February 2013.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  8. ^ "And Neal Morse says…". dprp.net.
  9. ^ "Mike Portnoy - The TA4 Sessions went splendidly fantastic!... - Facebook". Facebook.com.
  10. ^ Mike Portnoy - interview @Linea Rock. YouTube. 24 September 2013.
  11. ^ "Login • Instagram". Instagram.com. Retrieved 21 March 2021.
  12. ^ "Transatlantic - The Absolute Universe (Album Trailer)". YouTube. Retrieved 21 March 2021.
  13. ^ "Transatlantic Setlist at Cruise to the Edge 2017". Setlist.fm. Retrieved 25 March 2020.
  14. ^ a b "Discographie von Transatlantic". GfK Entertainment. Retrieved 12 February 2021.
  15. ^ a b "lescharts.com - Les charts français". Lescharts.com. Retrieved 19 April 2018.
  16. ^ "Dutch Charts - dutchcharts.nl". Dutchcharts.nl. Retrieved 19 April 2018.
  17. ^ "Swedish Charts Portal". Swedishcharts.co. Retrieved 25 March 2020m.
  18. ^ "Die Offizielle Schweizer Hitparade und Music Community". Hitparade.ch. Retrieved 19 April 2018.
  19. ^ "Das österreichische Hitparaden- und Musik-Portal". Austriancharts.at. Retrieved 19 April 2018.
  20. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 14 March 2014. Retrieved 13 August 2014.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  21. ^ "トランスアトランティックのアルバム売上ランキング". ORICON STYLE.
  22. ^ Peaks in the UK:
  23. ^ "SMPT:e". iTunes.
  24. ^ "Bridge Across Forever". iTunes.
  25. ^ "The Whirlwind". iTunes.
  26. ^ "Kaleidoscope (Kaleidoscope)". iTunes.
  27. ^ "Top Albums (Week 6, 2021)" (in French). Syndicat National de l'Édition Phonographique. Retrieved 15 February 2021.
  28. ^ "Veckolista Album, vecka 6". Sverigetopplistan. Retrieved 13 February 2021.
  29. ^ "Albumit 6/2021". Musiikkituottajat. Retrieved 14 February 2021.
  30. ^ "Live In America". iTunes.
  31. ^ "Sverigetopplistan - Sveriges Officiella Topplista". Sverigetopplistan.se.
  32. ^ Hung, Steffen. "Schweizer Hitparade - Musik-DVD Top 10 21.11.2010 - hitparade.ch". Hitparade.ch. Retrieved 19 April 2018.

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