Airbag’s fourth album, following their critically acclaimed 2013 release ‘The Greatest Show on Earth’. ‘Disconnected’ features six songs with a common theme – from the opening track to the thirteen-minute long title track, the listener is taken on a sonic journey of lush soundscapes and arrangements, underlined by soaring guitars and soulful vocals. Airbag are a prog band from Oslo, Norway, formed in 2004 by five school friends with a similar taste in music. They are often compared to such bands as Pink Floyd, Radiohead and Porcupine Tree. Airbag’s music is best described as scenic, epic rock…
Airbag are back with their brand new album The Greatest Show on Earth, following on from their highly acclaimed albums Identity and All Rights Removed. Six atmospheric songs are given, where the title track is divided in two partitions though. Heavy outbursts are rare, the production mirrors a relaxed flow overall. While the musicianship is flawless and Asle Tostrup provides a rather perfect singing voice, they are using a proven formula - consisting of dominant Pink Floyd and Porcupine Tree ingredients, plus a proper pinch of melancholy.
All Rights Removed finds Airbag standing proud as a successor to the prog rock sound first played by the mighty Floyd so many years ago! Album number two carries on in an extremely similar vein, with latter day Floyd being a reference point across the six songs on All Rights Removed, although this time the melancholic moments of early Porcupine Tree, the straight laced Rock/Prog of The Pineapple Thief and even the odd hint of Talk Talk offer a little more deviation.
Airbag are a 3-piece Spanish band, formed in Estepona (Málaga) in 1998. With great sense of humour and a massive crowd of fans in Spain and South America they have became a cult band. They started with a powerful Surf-Punk sound from the Ramones school of talent, and later have evolved to great Power-Pop act.
As soon as you hear the new CD by the Norwegian band Airbag one thing will be perfectly clear: they certainly have listened to Pink Floyd. Identity is their first full length CD having previously released two EPs. The band plays melodic progressive rock in a similar style to Pink Floyd and others of their ilk. The songs are mostly slow to mid tempo with many pastoral moments and soothing melodies sometimes bordering on the somber side although none that I would consider overly dark. The guitar sound is a major highlight for me as Riis plays his guitar from the heart adding a touch of class to each song.
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