Bart D. : The Missing Piece from the Netherlands didn't get the memo. On a front cover, you tend to put your band's name big on top and the title of the record a bit smaller somewhere underneath it. Now everyone will think this is the debut of 'Dream Rider'. Unfortunately, this isn't the only thing missing to make this a professional record. The good news: singer Nanna Burger has already left the band. She has been singing her whole life, so it wouldn't have gotten any better than this. The vocal lines and her performance quality are really terrible - she couldn't belt a line if her life depended on it.
As for the rest of the band: they love to point out have been into progressive music for a long time and to have a broad musical horizon. Then why do I feel it all sounds very unadventurous and secretly inspired by bad national pop music? The melodies, the "epic" emotions, the poor sound quality choices, the visuals: everything feels cheap. I don't like writing a band off like this, but everything about The Missing Piece is sub-par. I can imagine this band will offer a nice evening for old lovers of an old genre, but that's about it. An hour The Missing Piece is very long to sit through.