Atlantis Biography

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The Danish progrock band Atlantis was formed by Kent Eskildsen and his cousin Flemming K. Pedersen in August 1982. Flemming K. Pedersen played the keyboards and did the lead vocals and Kent Eskildsen played the guitar and did additional vocals.

Flemming and Kent was the core of the band from beginning to end 10 years later, and through the years they were joined by different musicians on bass and drums. They also composed almost all the material for the band and their inspiration clearly came from bands like Saga, Marillion, Pink Floyd, Camel, Jethro Tull but also from electronic music like Tangerine Dream and the more heavier stuff like Bachman Turner Overdrive and Dream Theatre.

Through their 10 years as a band, Atlantis were a happy family with a lot of composing, rehearsal and concerts round the country, and actually a lot of hard work was put into the band.

Being in a rock band and playing music of course brought on a lot of strange events, and occationally crazy things happend like…

  • Being given a fine for singing one of our own songs in the streets…
  • Having dinner on stage during the break between sets…
  • Losing the engine of our band bus – well, it sort of just dropped to the ground…
  • Using a doctor’s clinic as a rehearsal room for a few years…

Well, not everything went wrong and Atlantis had a lot of great concerts through their career. Here are some highlights;

  • In 1982, Atlantis were formed by Flemming K. Pedersen and Kent Eskildsen and they started out by playing cover versions of Pink Floyd, Uriah Heep and other well-known classics, but soon they moved on to composing their own symphonic rock music.
  • In 1983, Atalantis made their first live appearance under a different name; Atterdag. The location was a harvest party on a local farm. At the time, the barn on the farm was the band's rehearsal room. Well, it wasn't just ordinary agricultural plants which were harvested - and the crops were checked out…
  • In 1984, Atlantis had their first public appearance which was at a carnival in Aalborg. Well, maybe their symphonic rock was just a little too serious for such an event, but it all went all right…
  • In 1985, and in the following years, Atlantis gave more and more concerts and especially the local venue "Sysseltinget" played host to quite a few concerts and a small local fan club actually evolved…
  • In 1986, Atlantis recorded two tracks – Siberia and Flygtningen in a studio near Aarhus. The music was released on the compilation "Det Danske Håb". It didn't sell anything, but at least Siberia got some airplay…
  • In 1986, Atlantis were the opening act at the biggest music festival in Denmark called the Roskilde Festival. At the same time, this was also the debut concert of their new keyboard player, Eirik Moland. Quite a scary experience to blow away with 50.000 watts in front of you…
  • In 1987, Atlantis performed at the legendary Thy Festival. The first real festival of rock music in Denmark. A few bands didn`t show up that day, so Atlantis played all night until the power was cut off by the police…
  • In 1988, a version of the 10-minute long instrumental piece "Utopia" by Kent Eskildsen - usually one of the highlights at an Atlantis concert and very much inspired by Mike Oldfield - was performed by 25 piece string ensemble.(Take a look at the score)
  • In 1989, Atlantis performed at the second biggest music festival in Denmark – called Midtfyns Festival. Without doubt, this was the single greatest success in the band's career. Atlantis played in a big tent, but it was not big enough, so at least 1000 enthusiastic people crowded outside the tent.
  • In 1989, another instrumental Atlantis piece - "White Keys" also composed by Kent Eskildsen - was performed in a version for a small symphony orchestra.
  • In 1990, a more than two hour long video was produced at the famous venue in Aarhus called "Vestergade 58". Five cameras were used and this unique band documentary looks rather professional.
  • In 1991, Atlantis performed at a few minor music festivals and as a central piece they played the epos "Echoes of Atlantis". This 30-minute long concept piece by kent Eskildsen had been a few years under way and made a great goodbye
  • In 1992, the bass player - Eric Svinth – left the band, but Flemming, Kent, and Finn carried on with Atlantis for the first time as a trio – making use of bass synths and bass pedals like Canadian Rush. Since they were all three caught up in their studies they decided it was time to leave Atlantis at the peak of its career, and they kind of stopped playing at the end of 1993.

After they split up peacefully, Atlantis did a little studio work together and a version of "Echoes of Atlantis" was recorded. Through the years, a lot of other studio and live recordings have been piling up, and in 1998, some of these recordings were re-mastered digitally and released privately on CDR;

"Atlantis Live"

Some of the best concert recordings made by the band. Highlights from Sysseltinget 1993 – one of the best Atlantis Concerts ever recorded.

"Midtfyn 1989"

Atlantis recorded live at the Midtfyns Festival in 1989. Their biggest succes ever…

"Echoes of Atlantis"

The 30-minute long epos with the same title and a few tracks recorded in various studios

"Studio"

The best unreleased studio recordings made in different studios. Even Atlantis playing cover versions of some great classics by Pink Floyd and BTO.

"Atlantis – The Early Years"

Well, as the title says – it is the very first recordings made by the band – For collectors only…