Chain Reaktor: Homesick-2021.

Chain Reaktor is a modern progressive rock band. Their music is groovy, adventurous, sometimes heavy or dark, but always melodic.

The band was formed by the young talented brothers Bart (vocals, guitars and flute) and Arjan Laan (drums and percussion) who also have their own band, Skylake. Together with their father Erik Laan (vocals, keys), known from neo-prog band Silhouette, they wrote the music and lyrics. In search of a groovy bassist, they asked their friend Mark op ten Berg who has a background in soul and funk.

Their debut album ‘Homesick’ aims to capture feelings triggered by a lack of belonging in the modern world. In today’s urban life, we sometimes feel extremely lonely when we stand in the crowds. Homesick is a journey to find out who we truly want to be in the midst of the treacherous temptations of these lonely cities, where only rats seem to win the race.

On Homesick you can also listen to the contributions by the following guest musicians: Suzan van den Engel (backing vocals); Martin Streckfuss (saxophone) and Sophie Zaaijer (violins). The impressive artwork has been created by graphic designer Aldo Adema, who is also a great guitarist and known for his bands Egdon Heath and Tumble Town.
  

One thought on “Chain Reaktor: Homesick-2021.

  1. Homesick
    Chain Reaktor Heavy Prog
    Review by alainPP

    4 stars CHAIN ​​REAKTOR is the group of the Laan brothers from the SKYLAKE group with their father Erik from the SILHOUETTE group. The album deals with the loneliness of the cities; the music is modern, on melodic, groovy neo-prog; it is also dark melancholy border like a wandering in search of oneself. A Skylake side project or a new band?
    ” The Day That Never Came ‘pastoral intro, groovy track, prog metal based on keyboards and high vocals in addition to a well-placed riff, Silhouette’s paw; the break flute, piano then the plaintive solo, playful melodic. ‘Lonely City’ ‘majestic with the flute and guitar solo of Bart à la Camel; very singular voice but ideal during choruses; melodic and rhythmic title. ” Enjoy Your Life’s on a delicate piano arpeggio bringing an agreed tune to the eternal energetic solo, Bart clusters divinely. “The Lying King” follows on a two-step tune with metal-prog rise, addition of Sophie’s violin, worked title, nervous, very airy; everything is perfect with a lifted finale. ” Homesick ” changes tone with a languid piano-violin title, ballad at the start, jazzy sax in break then enjoyable guitar explosion flowing to the majestic final, violin in return, complex with the bucolic return. “Stop Yelling” light title goes everywhere melodic, syncopated then evolutionary drift with flute and acoustic guitar giving a nice final touch with the last solo. ‘A Thousand Diamonds’ quick sympho intro for the evolving title, dark atmosphere, instruments firmly in place, the voice that follows; violin and sax go off in a station wagon before the return of the central theme and the plaintive guitar.

    CHAIN ​​REAKTOR released with this album a creative, energetic, evolutionary music, filled with progressive breaks. Alternative prog rock that moves away from Silhouette but stays in the Skylake lineage just for the melodic structures; a plus to melodic synths and guitar solo, however ideally magnified by classical instruments such as sax and violin in invasive breaks.

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