Aquacadia is another interesting traditional/old school classic/blues/progressive rock band I have discovered through Metalhead Community Submissions about three weeks ago with their first full-length Into Atalantia album, which was released in 2019. Well, there are so many things about this record. So many things to clear, to understand and to evaluate. But in the end, I believe that Aquacadia has so many things to offer for those who love both, the old school music, blues rock, classic rock, instrumental rock and also modern progressive music fans. They have a beautiful blend of so many different things as well as some great prog-rock pieces and influences such as Dream Theater, Pink Floyd, Rush, Blind Guardian and more…
Into Atalantia is a full-length album with 8 songs. All the songs have so much in common as well as so big differences between them. While listening to some of them, you can easily feel the Aquacadia characteristic in every second of it. However, there’s also one song; Omega, I suppose it was placed there just to surprise every listener with everything about it, or, to give a hint about the style from the upcoming Aquacadia albums. I am not sure if these decisions were made on purpose or unconsciously. Hard to say.
Songs are rather short and easy-going, unlike any other prog-rock artists as I have also mentioned above. I wouldn’t call, or rather limit this album with any of those subgenres though. This is just Aquacadia’s first full-length experimentation would be the right thing to say, and most probably they wanted to keep everything simple as much as possible (I am not 100% sure, just guessing). I wouldn’t judge any artist or band for decisions like these. Only, we all know the most fascinating thing about progressive music itself is the complexity and the unpredictability of the compositions. And if you ask me if I was satisfied with what I have found, well, I’d rather say what I found was something totally different than just prog.
On the other hand, the band has chosen to prioritize instrumental elements more than vocals. I kinda liked it though. It flows like a movie soundtrack with some basic sounding instruments. The reason I wanted to use “basic sounding instruments” is that the general sounding is surprisingly raw and unprocessed. It sounds like these gentlemen went into a studio, plugged in their amps and stuff, and just started tracking while jamming. Time to time they offer rich instrumentation with different instruments like a classical guitar, and sometimes the opposite, you just listen to the drums, keyboard and the guitar player jamming together. At the same time, there’s a beautiful atmosphere and vibe in general, which I liked the most about it.