Artlantica is a fitting name for the new band project of singer John West and guitarist Roger Staffelbach. Before that they had already gained a good reputation together with Artension and Angel Of Eden. Also in music circles, so that they could take a few top-class guests with them, such as Savatage/Trans Siberian Orchestra guitarist Chris Caffery or Helloween drummer Dani Löble, on a boat across the seven seas. "Across The Seven Seas", created in the studio of Tommy Newton (Gamma Ray, Helloween), has become a multi-layered, hymnal album, which is characterized by the powerful but high voice of West. Especially the title track, which is reminiscent of Rainbow's "Stargazer", is where the former Royal Hunt singer has his strongest moments. But also instrumentally the Swiss-American band delivers more than homemade food. Keyboarder Mistheria, whoever that is, has his weighty part on every track. Dressed and stylized guitar solos are common in this genre as well as on the agenda and round off the appealing overall picture.
Top track: Across The Seven Seas