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4 stars The Polish prog scene really needs to be placed in the forefront. Several great bands are (or were) carrying the prog flag rather high (one of my fave Polish band being "Abraxas").

When you would listen to "Sanktuarium", there is only one feeling: it is a superb symphonic song with wonderful vocals and grandiose music. It is difficult to describe the feeling since I am not really fluent in Polish, but Emila has such a great tone that she is passing on her emotion fluently. A highlight.

This album really has more to deal with symph prog than neo. But let's not argue too much about this, since it is the policy of this site.Still, "Chocbym" is another very interesting song full of fantasy. Beautiful guitar work from Merek Gil (Collage, Satellite) and exceptional vocals again. The last section is to be compared with the superb "The Great Gig In The Sky". No less.

This debut is full of harmony, sensitivity and melody ("Gteboka Rzeka"). The first contact with some neo- prog sounds is experienced with "Nocne Wi˛zia˛ta". Harder keys attack and heavier sound overall. Still, it is combined with a tremendous instrumental middle part full of tact and symphonic flavour again. Just listen to the FANTASTIC vocalized section. Another great moment offered by Emila Derkowska. She is really great my prog friends, and definitely deserves a lot of respect. And more recognition.

This album is truly enjoyable and I can only recommend it. Both to symphonic maniac (like I am) as well as neo-prog lovers. The music displayed here is just sublime at times like during the wonderful instrumental intro of "Niespelnienie" which is another highlight from this very good debut album.

Four stars.

ZowieZiggy | 4/5 |


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