Sea Of Tranquility

The Web Source for Progressive Rock, Progressive Metal & Jazz-Fusion
  Search   in       
Main Menu

Skyliner: Dark Rivers, White Thunder

Hailing from the progressive/power metal hotbed of Jacksonville (not really), the veteran act Skyliner brings us their first album in five years: Dark Rivers, White Thunder. An eclectic blend of riffy US power metal ala early Fates Warning and some progressive twists and turns collide to deliver an interesting, if somewhat oddly paced album at times.

The intro track "Break the Silence" highlights one of the new elements the band brings to the table with this release; a tribal stomp of sorts that can be heard throughout parts of the album. Primal chants and drums are a recurring theme throughout the record, and it surprisingly works when contrasted with the blazing riffs and triumphant melodies of the following title track. One of the fastest songs on the album, it features speedy power riffing akin to Germany's Iron Savior and vocalist/guitarist Jake Becker uses this as the backdrop to feature his half dozen or so vocal personas. While Jake's most utilized style is a midrange howl, he frequently adds in some gruff snarls or growls, as well as some ear-piercing falsetto wails from time to time. I actually had to check to make sure there is in fact only one vocalist here, and yep it's just him. Pretty incredible.

After a short, speedy burst of blinding metallic riffage in "The Ghost Messenger", and the slower, bass driven "God with No Heaven", we are treated to what may be the best song on the album; "Catch a Dream". Propulsive and energetic guitar riffs lead into some seriously great melodies and catchy choruses. The bass and drums are nice, punchy, and provide plenty of bounce and backbone for Jake's progressive and machinegun-like riffs. All three members of the band are no slouches at their respective instruments. Plenty of note dense, speedy bass runs and double kick drum assaults in addition to soaring guitar solos.

After the title track there are two instrumentals, "The Singing Shaman" and "Winter Witch Moon". The former is a 2-minute-long barn burner, while the latter is a more mid-paced affair featuring clean guitars and thick, ethereal leads. Both are quite good, although at this point in the album it becomes somewhat apparent that the more interesting and exciting material is usually when the band just throws all of their various influences into a blender and lets it rip. And let it rip they do, for the next track "We Of The Shadows" is a speedy power metal tour de force, and another highlight of the album.

After the somewhat forgettable bass-driven plod of "Bleed", the final two tracks end Dark Rivers on a high note. "Nigh Gypsies" is a brisk and energetic rocker, and while the final track "I Walk Alone" is another slower number, but this time the band evokes an epic, sprawling and vast soundscape that almost reminds me of a sci-fi version of early Manowar. The tribal grunts make their return in this song, which just adds to the barbaric and oil-chested majesty of the whole thing. Good stuff.

An interesting and surprising listen, Skyliner do a good job of keeping you on your toes with Dark Rivers, White Thunder. For both the power and prog fans alike, there's plenty of soaring melodies and technical prowess that will inspire some delighted chuckles and eyebrow raises throughout it's 50-minute run time. Even though it sags a bit in places, the energy and authenticity of the performances on this record make it endearing and an easily recommended listen.

Track Listing:
1. Break the Surface
2. Dark Rivers, White Thunder
3. The Ghost Messenger
4. God with No Heaven
5. Catch a Dream
6. The Singing Shaman (Fire Stomp)
7. Winter Witch Moon (Spell of Ice)
8. We of the Shadows
9. Bleed
10. Night Gypsies
11. I Walk Alone

Added: February 10th 2021
Reviewer: Brandon Miles
Related Link: Band @ Bandcamp
Hits: 1039
Language: english

[ Printer Friendly Page Printer Friendly Page ]
[ Send to a Friend Send to a Friend ]


[ Back to the Reviews Index | Post Comment ]

» Reader Comments:

Skyliner: Dark Rivers, White Thunder
Posted by TiffanyR012 on 2023-08-07 11:42:51
My Score:

White Thunder," often associated with the linkเ'้าสู่ระบบทางเ'้า/ ‎ ‎, refers to a captivating and enigmatic phenomenon that has intrigued both scientists and nature enthusiasts alike. This awe-inspiring occurrence, characterized by its stunning display of brilliant white flashes and resounding rumbles, remains a subject of ongoing research and speculation. The link provided offers an intriguing avenue for further exploration into the world of White Thunder, shedding light on its mystique and providing insights into the intricate mechanisms that govern this remarkable natural spectacle.

Skyliner: Dark Rivers, White Thunder
Posted by Magic things on 2023-06-14 12:27:15
My Score:

Dark Rivers, White Thunder" is an enchanting tale that transports readers into a world of mystery and wonder. Amidst the atmospheric backdrop of tumultuous rivers and thunderous storms, the story unfolds with a touch of magic. Central to the narrative is the enigmatic character of magical katrina, whose ethereal presence adds a captivating allure to the unfolding events. As the dark rivers converge and the white thunder rumbles, readers are immersed in a spellbinding journey filled with intrigue and unexpected twists.

Skyliner: Dark Rivers, White Thunder
Posted by on 2023-04-06 05:48:31
My Score:

To check
7/12 Utara
online using bhumi abhilekh portal.

Skyliner: Dark Rivers, White Thunder
Posted by on 2022-02-18 19:45:18
My Score:

We reserve the right to delete, at our discretion, chinese buffet burlington vt any comments that we deem childish, crude, insulting

Skyliner: Dark Rivers, White Thunder
Posted by MarkDawson on 2022-02-18 19:43:53
My Score:

If you have questions or comments, please

Skyliner: Dark Rivers, White Thunder
Posted by MarkDawson on 2022-02-18 19:42:21
My Score:

For information regarding where to send CD promos and advertising, please see our

2004 Sea Of Tranquility
For information regarding where to send CD promos and advertising, please see our FAQ page.
If you have questions or comments, please Contact Us.
Please see our Policies Page for Site Usage, Privacy, and Copyright Policies.

All logos and trademarks in this site are property of their respective owner. The comments are property of their posters, all other content Sea of Tranquility

SoT is Hosted by