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Saturday 25 September 2021
Concert Pallas + support Comedy of Errors, Cultuurpodium Boerderij, Zoetermeer
De Lifesigns-Altitude CD is nu ook bij Beyond Rock verkrijgbaar.
Jethro Tull fans opgelet! In maart 2021 is het album Still Thick As
A Brick verschenen, geïnspireerd door het fameuze JT album, maar
volledig nieuwe muziek bevattend van het internationale progproject
Reflection Club. Te bestellen via deze website in een CD/DVD-versie
alsmede een LP+CD+DVD-uitvoering (kijk bij NIEUWE & RECENTE RELEASES).
|Titel||The grey line|
|Genre||Progressive / Neoprog / RIO|
|Omschrijving||The keeper of the sacred flame of Persian temples
is coming! Atmospheric, melodic and sensual, heavy
prog in Riverside vain, mixed with Pink Floyd
elements (guitar and keyboards) and elements of
The flame turns into music! A five-piece
prog(metal) band who have a great way with melodies
and have the chops to offer engaging and detailed
Atravan is the name for the attendant of the sacred
flame in Persian temples. As a band they have been
going since 2009 and they have released several
singles and an EP up to this point via Bandcamp.
The Grey Line is their full-length debut.
Atravan mix tempos, dynamics and fine
instrumentation across a range of songs, and a
couple of instrumentals. The album opens with an
atmospheric, sand-blown swirl of keyboards and
This segues into the terrific progressive metal of
The Perfect Stranger‘s building guitar riffs and
keys, with pounding drums, but never without
sacrificing the melody. Here the band‘s key
ingredient appears, with Masoud Alishahi‘s vocals.
He has a voice similar to Riverside‘s Mariusz Duda
but with a touch more gravel.
Throughout this album there are dual vocals used.
Unfortunately, the credits for The Grey Line are a
bit scant so not sure if there is a second vocalist
or if Masoud has a dual range and the vocals are
multi-tracked. However, it does not really matter
as the result is a brilliant use of vocals.
Marjan Modarres‘s keyboards receive much attention
and have space to flow through these songs,
especially on My Wrecked House, where the spirit of
Pink Floyd‘s Rick Wright is evoked.
After this, Atravan have the confidence to
programme two consecutive, but different, ballads.
Vertigo has a sublime bass line from Arwin Iranpour
underpinning the dual vocal as it grows into a
beast of a track.
Then layers of keyboards and voices, with Shahin
Fadaei skittering drums, give Dancing On A Wire a
The title track demonstrates the breadth of
Atravan‘s music. The Grey Line opens with pulsing
synths and deep, incantatory vocals, and, as it
grows, with Shayan Dianati‘s heavy riffing and
It is a track full of dynamism as it moves in its
nine minutes from light to shade and back again.
Floydian, sustained guitar lines and keyboards flow
through the closing instrumental Uncertain Future,
a satisfying end to a fascinating ride.
Atravan‘s The Grey Line is a cracking debut that
mixes Riverside heaviness with Pink Floyd keyboards
and the odd nod to David Gilmour‘s guitar lines.
Atravan have already absorbed these influences and
made them their own. |