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Paper Champion
4 stars A very courageous effort.

Hopefully, Satellite’s back!:-) Satellite is one of the best bands in Neo-prog genre nowadays. The band consists of a mastermind Wojtek Szadkowski (ex-Collage), a vocalist Robert Amirian (ex-Collage too), a keyboardist Krzysiek Palczewski (ex-Collage again), a very talented guitarist (and drummer as we could see on the DVD:-)) Sarhan and a bassist Jarek Michalski at the moment. Actually, Satellite is some kind of a Collage’s reunion, but the music is quite different, although the genre is the same – Neo- prog.

Personally, I like Satellite much more than Collage. Satellite’s music is more mature, modern and complex. Moreover, all those fantastic keyboard atmospheres, which were in Collage’s good days, remained lossless in Satellite’s music. I miss Mr. Gil, but Sarhan plays the guitar in a very similar way – the same style and familiar melodies and solos. Wojtek keeps playing the drums perfectly and, what is more important, very unusual and peculiar – I love his stereo-drumming, all of his fills...I have been loving his style of playing the drums very much since Collage days!

Into The Night is Satellite’s long-awaited third album, full of good Neo-prog with beautiful guitar solos, stunning keyboard atmospheres, fantastic drums and nice vocals. Yes, all these impressive things are here once again. But I have to note that their third release is a bit heavier and more complex than Satellite’s previous efforts, and for the lack of OUTSTANDING NEO-PROG I’m giving this album only 4 stars. Satellite is one of the best Neo-prog bands and each time they release album I do expect to hear some more top-notch Neo-prog, but this time I didn’t. On the other hand, Satellite managed to change their sound somehow, which refreshes the band and surprises an old confirmed Neo-prog fan. In my opinion, A Street Between Sunrise And Sunset and Evening Games are more cohesive and really very neo-proggish works. Into The Night is their more straight release, which differs from the previous releases quite significantly, but distinguishes itself with its originality and diversity. Let’s take, for instance, the second song on the album – Dreams. It is an epic track, which contains really great neo- prog parts, but also has some heavy riffs and surprising musicianship. Downtown Skyline and Don’t Go Away In Silence have some Modern-rock/Modern-prog manners, Forgiven and Forgotten has some pop- rock influences and so on. The previous albums also contained some heavy riffs, pop-rock and modern- oriented stuff, but Into The Night is FULL of music variety and makes it gaudy. Into The Night is a new chapter of Satellite’s history. A very important chapter. Satellite makes progress in adorning their sound.

Into The Night (8/10) / Dreams (9/10) / Downtown Skyline (8/10) / Lights (-/10) / Don't Go Away In Silence (7/10) / Heaven Can Wait (8/10) / Forgiven And Forgotten (8,5/10). Bonus tracks are more poppy and out of place, but quite interesting: Time Stands Still (7/10) / Around The World (6/10).


Paper Champion | 4/5 |


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