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3.73 | 37 ratings

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kev rowland
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4 stars Nemezis came together in 1996, and although they did have some local success, they never completed their debut album and broke up. After recording an album with Mindfields, guitarist Marcin Kruczek felt that it was time that the songs written by Nemezis finally saw the light of day, so he put together a brand-new band to do just that, none of whom had played in the original line-up. Krzysztof Lepiarczyk (Loonypark) provided keyboards, and the music is credited to him, Marcin and original bassist Grzegorz Wojtasiński, who wasn't involved this time around. The line-up was completed with Karolina Strużycka (vocals, who also provided all the English lyrics), Piotr Lipka (bass), Waldek Kowalski (drums, percussion) while Metus provided guest male vocals on one song.

This certainly doesn't sound like a project, but rather a well-rounded band who have been playing together for years. Karolina is a beautiful singer, with just a faint hint of accent that provides an edge to her voice, enhancing and not detracting. However, in many ways this is a vehicle for Marcin more than anybody else, with everyone else playing a backing role. On some songs, he does provide chords, but for the most part he is providing some plaintive soloing that is either the main focal point of the passage, or as a direct counterpoint to the vocals. Krzysztof is well-known as a keyboard player, yet here his role is to provide a melodic backdrop for Marcin to play against. The result is a neo-prog album that may have hints of Camel, Jadis and Pendragon among others, but is quite different to most of what was in the scene.

This 2008 album was sadly the only release from Nemezis, although Marcin and Krzysztof did play together on the solo album by Milennium singer Lukasz Gall. Produced by Milennium keyboard player Ryszard Kramarski, Nemezis released an album that is a highly regarded part of Poland's impressive progressive rock scene.

kev rowland | 4/5 |


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