NEVERLAND - Reversing Time

Neverland - Reversing Time

10 songs
45:59 minutes
***** ***


The relations between Greece and Turkey haven’t been optimal for decades already, with Cyprus still being a country whose rule is still divided between those two nations. Recently there have been a few improvements, like football matches without any frictions, and now they even come closer on a musical level. In 2006, the Turkish power metal band Dreamtone recruited the Greek singer Iris Mavraki to form the band Neverland, whose debut Reversing Time has now been released in 2008.

This first album already sees the Turkish-Greek cooperation perform an exceptionally mature and varied progressive rock sound. The opener Shooting Star is classical neo prog with tons of keyboards, complex structures, unpredictable breaks, all of it played fast and clean at the same time. Next to this more demanding side, Neverland also have a quiet and more accessible face, which works also quite well for the band, although they sometimes drift off too much into pop territories, as on Everlasting Tranquility and the tame World Beyond These Walls which would better have fitted to a band like Marillion. Apart from these two flaws, the remaining songs convince completely. The epic parts are often combined with folkloristic elements, giving the CD a very special flair.

To make the album more interesting for occidental listeners, you can make out quite a few prominent guest artists. Hansi Kürsch refines To Lose The Sun in a way to make you believe you were listening to an old Blind Guardian track. The title track, assembling members from Evergrey and Shadow Gallery, is a masterpiece of prog rock: elaborate, accessible and far from kitsch. Finally the Philharmonia Istanbul Orchestra is also doing a little guest stint.

Reversing Time is an album that contains many different moods, managing thereby to captivate and surprise its audience. Of course, not everything is perfect yet, but there certainly is a lot of promise for Neverland to make it big in prog rock and prog metal circles.

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