OSI - Office of Strategic Influence - 2003


Mr. Jim Mateos had to do it. He had to do something with his friend Mike Portnoy and at last they have got it. Another group full of stars to take advantage a little bit more of that market that these kind of band opened some years ago and from which they seem to earn some good profits. This is the group that had to be created and which finally came to nothing some time ago, ending all in a different thing called Transatlantic. The musicians that take part in this project are great artists, but the point is that it all seems a bit forced. This is like joining big names in a band and no matter where they come from, not thinking if the project will be a reasonable one.


The list is stunning Jim Matheos (guitar, keys & programming), Mike Portnoy (percussion), Kevin Moore (voice, keys, programming), and with two excellent guests, Sean Malone (bass, stick), Steve Wilson (vocals). The names can’t be better. The thing is that (I never thought I was going to say this) the project needs to be much better assembled, although in prog-rock the more bizarre the combination is the better, in this case the thing personally had to be constructed in a some more reasonable fusion. Anyway, this work is made for those who like the explosive combinations, like in this case the hard rock with electronics and a good vocal parts.

I’d like to highlight the work of Kevin Moore. A very admirable work that tries to connect in any way with the hard edge musical movements of Jim and Mike. The CD has 10 songs in it (although the copy I’ve got is just a sample of three, just enough to know what this is all about), that comes in a strange and why not , interesting tray. “The New Math (what he said)” is maybe the most depicting song. It’s an explosion of a fast guitar and the intelligent set of sounds by Mike, to stick into a section of computerized details and keys by Kevin Moore. “OSI” tries again to move this bunch of different shapes. The powerful rock meets his digitalized side. A rock with glittering little lights from space with ex centric touches and also good melodies. With “Hello, Helicopter” they enter the acoustic aspect with the vocal combination and a dozens of computer sounds. The pieces are with no doubt very interesting and of course full of precision and skill and a good production, but for me they hadn’t to come inside so many musical fields, they should take just one and explore it completely, they shouldn’t build skyscraper on a field of pennies. By the way, the CD will be double with a another record with a cover of “Set the controls for the Heart of the sun”, an a multimedia track.


The ones you like the work of these guys you just take it, but for the ones you expect to find Transatlantic 2 forget about it.

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Jordi Costa - February 2003 -   - Inside Out