ALBUM REVIEW: Twin Atlantic – Great Divide
Scottish rockers, Twin Atlantic have quickly risen through the ranks since forming in 2007. Bagging support slots with some massive names in the industry, including fellow Scots Biffy Clyro and pop punk icons Blink 182. Not bad for the bragging rights at all.
Now with the release of their latest album ‘Great Divide’, we get a glimpse into just how far the outfit has come since those early days of playing tiny bars around Scotland.
The new record captures the maturity and talent that seemingly keeps growing among the group. ‘Great Divide’ swings in and out of these big riff driven, upbeat rock anthems, particularly displayed in the monstrous sounding track ‘Cell Mate’ to the more mellow and heartfelt ballads take ‘Oceans’ in an effortless fashion.
There appears to be almost a complexity to the whole outlook on it, more of an intricacy to the way the catchy guitar riffs are transitioned into huge solos that intertwine with pounding drums and these occasional, subtle yet enough to stand out, piano pieces that give a refined feel to it. It all combines to aid this much more mature sounding Twin Atlantic from anything I can remember previously.
This isn’t to say they have abandoned any of their traditional catchy, bob your head along to factor. It’s one of them that’s still hard not to get drawn into, you’ll find yourself unknowingly joining in with the chorus of one of the album’s singles; ‘Brothers and Sisters’ every bloody time. The new complexity hasn’t by any means obscured any of the accessibility of the band, however it has made them sound more like a proper rock outfit, rather than a “pop – rock” sort of thing, if you will.