Atlantis: A Rock Opera
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Audio CD, May 31, 1998
As we journey through the story of Atlantis, we first discover the Magician... peering into the future. He first sees 1000 years of peace and goes on to describe how it will be...as all wounds heal, and all that was unseen is exposed to every eye. But as he views what lies in between, other visions, good and bad, come to him. He sees the wreck of the Titanic, and man traveling to the moon, interestingly through the same corridor his ancestors used when they originally landed on earth, off the coast of the sunshine state...and then...a mass reincarnation in the late 20th century of the last generation of Atlanteans in a great baby boom. Meanwhile, the physician expresses justification for his unusual project...splicing man and animal together. He sees a great advantage, and ultimately creating superior creatures, with the benefit of both species catalyzing into something far more fantastic...perhaps so superior, even squelching the devil in the process. But this was not to be the only exotic undertaking...as the scientist and the magician debate over the development of a great power source, as tremendous as it is risque. The scientist believes that nothing can go wrong, and focuses exclusively on the great benefits of the power. The Magician, on the other hand, is leary of such a task, and with his incredible insight, sees the potential danger of a catastrophe, and it's lethal consequences. He finally agrees with his friend, reluctantly, and the Bermuda Project is completed as intended. By this time, as society reaches an ultimate climax, the scientist observes that humankind has reached a saturation point, with nothing left to develop, and nothing more to dream. Although all seems to have been accomplished, the virtue of the people still remains, uneffected by the abundance of creature comforts. However this great comfort brings him discomfort, as the spooky quiescent surroundings make him leary, and the world seems fragile to him. Of course no great accomplishment comes without stirring up jealousy...especially for someone who has both suffered long and hard, and possesses an uncontrollable desire to rule: Zeus, the god of gods. If there wasn't a finer example of misery loves company, here we have it. All this god awful peace and love is just driving the old man wild, and he will not relax until he wipes every smile off every face. This bad karma was not invoked unnoticed, as the poet, with his keen intuition, starts to feel that things are dying out. The excitement of the cultural growth period did not seem to exist any more, as could be felt in the popular music of the time. It no longer has heart, and does not move him. A bittersweet need is spawned as a result. But as time goes on, the downgrade seems to steepen, and all of society seems to be accelerating down. He is getting very annoyed by this time, and blames the problem on material advancement, and it's ill effect on nature....we aren't going the right way, and if we keep it up, we're bound to have a bad ending....but we have now ridden this course too far, as a booming voice from the future reminds the Atlanteans that it is near the time to be in the past....and there's no turning back...it's too late now.... they've really done it. The magician steps foreward sensing the imminent end, and expresses himself as his life passes before his eyes. How it was once so good, but jealousy, stubborness, and hatred has to end it all....why ? Did Zeus have to ruin such a good thing ? Will God let us have another crack at it ? And if so, will history not repeat itself ....after the war....and before the end ?.....
"...a monster of a project !" -- Ink 19 Magazine
"...showcases an artist with a unique vision and a passionate way of expressing it both lyrically and musically." -- TAXI
"...the tremendous lyrical and musical depth will make you listen time and again... each song is a unique testament to Di Salvatore's imaginative finesse...each time you listen to the album, you're bound to discover something fascinatingly new, making Atlantis worth every cent you spend on it !" -- Jam Magazine