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State Urge


Crossover Prog

3.88 | 94 ratings

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3 stars State Urge come from the city of Gdynia, Poland and claim to be playing a unique type of music: White Rock.It all started in 2011, when Marcin Bochenski (drums), Marcin Cieslik (guitar, vocals), Krystian Papiernik (bass) and Michal Tarkowski (keyboards) recorded their first demo ''Underground heart'', which received some airplay, followed by the 2012 EP ''What comes next?''.The band played in several festivals and competitions and became a regular entry in many broadcasts of the Polish radio, eventually coming to the attention of Lynx.The result was to record their debut at the label's professional studio, featuring new and some older songs and launch it in 2013 under the introductive style of ''White Rock experience''.

I'd say that ''White Rock'' is another word for describing modern Polish Prog with the recent bands trying to find a balance between the past principles of COLLAGE and the heavier atmospheres of RIVERSIDE or PORCUPINE TREE, as ''White Rock experience'' contains both dramatic and more optimistic pieces, both contemporary and vintage prog values.Imagine a mix of Atmospheric Rock, Neo Prog and Heavy Rock in mostly accesible arrangements, which still burst a feeling of genuine instrumental sophistication.Their stuff is all over the place, featuring powerful, electrified tunes, flashy keyboard work, theatrical or more conventional vocals, organ-drenched rhythms and emotional guitar solos, sometimes you can find most of these elements in the same piece.And that was the real deal for the band, to succesfully meld these different branches into tight and cohesive songwriting and instrumental stability.They've done it pretty well, they even have a Pop flair during the sentimental moments, and their stuff is a trully pleasant listening experience.They mostly remind me of MILLENIUM at the point they became more versatile, introducing electronic elements, a stronger FLOYD-ian influence and sharp guitar melodies in their music.And there is also some really ''rock'' mood in the album with all these edgy guitar riffs popping up here and there among the more artistic or grandiose orchestrations.

You want to find out what ''White Rock experience'' is all about?Prepare yourselves for some angular, diverse and lyrical Prog/Art Rock with emphasis on grandiose arrangements and clean voices.Recommended.

apps79 | 3/5 |


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