The Sea Within

The Sea Within

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Prog rock fans will take a keen in­ter­est in this: a five-piece band that in­cludes Roine Stolt (Transat­lantic), Daniel Gilden­low (Pain Of Sal­va­tion) and one of the most revered drum­mers on the scene, Marco Min­ne­mann (The Aris­to­crats, Steven Wil­son, Joe Sa­tri­ani). For a su­per­group, the dou­ble CD (12 tracks in all) was com­posed and ar­ranged by the band over six months and, while there are genre ex­pec­ta­tions (long­est song is Bro­ken Cord at 14 min­utes), there’s much that is main­stream, not least some great rock-pop vo­cals and rock guitar so­los. The outro guitar on They Know My Name is case in point; richly dis­torted notes singing in a style some­where be­tween David Gil­mour and Al­lan Holdsworth. The 12-string acous­tics and ef­fected electrics in The Void hint at early-mid pe­riod Gen­e­sis ar­range­ments (the solo is a lit­tle Steve Hack­ett too). If you find some of the newer prog bands too dark and metal, The Sea Within is re­fresh­ingly old-school (Yes, Floyd, Gen­e­sis, Gen­tle Gi­ant, It Bites) with great songs, fine mu­si­cian­ship and a real breadth of guitar tones.

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