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KRYWAN, KRYWAN

Skaldowie

 

Eclectic Prog

3.94 | 66 ratings

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The Quiet One
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4 stars Poland gives you Prog that Rocks!

Krywan, Krywan is certainly a hidden gem, yet to be found by the vast majority of Proggers. Krywan, Krywan offers you a Hammond-organ-driven Prog album, in a very Symphonic style, in which reminds us of Tony Banks playing on Trespass, as well as Jon Lord's playing in Deep Purple's MK 1. Krywan, Krywan also offers a wide range of styles in each song, going from the epic Symphonic Krywaniu, Krywaniu, to jazzy piano interplays, as well as groovy rock.

Symphonic Epicness: Krywaniu, Krywaniu gets this tag by lasting almost 18 minutes, as well as by having a big bunch of mood changes and instrumental passages, but primarly for having such a great composition, as well as being greatly played by each member of the band. Obviously the main role is taken by A. Zieliński's Hammond-Organ creating most of the melodies, as well as chilling experiences. His role in this song is without doubt obligatory, without him this song is nothing. The bass and drums have a minor role, though creating important sections of the song, the riff and the mood of the song, respectively. The violin is mainly a bonus, though giving a more varied sound/style to the song in which it'll have it's solo spots which are enjoyable. The vocals full-fills the missing piece of each mood, I mean that the vocals add more substance to each mood, which makes it clear what type of mood you are in. The moods varie through the up-lifting as well as a bit depressing, chorus, to the soft ones in which A. Zieliński's Hammond creates gentle and quite moments, to the speed-up organ and violin runs, to dissonant ones. Definitely a epic to explore for those who haven't.

Jazzy pieces: Juhas Zmarł is a entertaining percussive groovy, jazzy piece. It features congas giving it a similar style to the songs of Osibisa or Santana, as well as having A. Zieliński's piano giving the jazzy feel to it, which I find similar to Gregg Rolie's playing on Incident at Neshabur(from Abraxas). To have a even more jazzier feel J. Zieliński introduces a tiny solo, which is nothing more than enjoyable.

Jeszcze Kocham also has a jazzy feel, this time having softer vocals, which gives the song a more calm mood than the previous. A. Zieliński's piano is again responsable of the jazzy feel, though not entirely, the rythm section this time also adds a jazzy style to the song.

Rock pieces: Gdzie Mam Ciebie Szukać while having a calm rythm, it's certainly one of the ''Rock pieces'', in the style of Samba pa Ti, though definitely not as up-lifting as it. Again with the congas, having even a more similar sound to Samba pa Ti, though by no means delivered with such energy or climax, still this song makes out to be a decent rock tune.

Fioletowa Dama is the only instrumental tune in here, which belongs to the ''Rock pieces'' for having a bluesy rythm which is groovy and dull at the same time, as well as showcasing solos from the Hammond, guitar and violin. The organ solo follows the blues rythm very well, while the guitar solo breaks the gentle climax with a more rock style, with the rythm section being back-uped with the organ, to a more complete sound to it, the violion solo is more melodic and doesn't suit that well in the song's style, yet it's a well achieved solo, as well a well achieved instrumental, though for a ending of a essential gem, it's quite mediocre.

Skaldowie demonstrates the average Prog listener based on the classic Prog bands of U.K and U.S, that unique and sophisticated Prog gems can also be found in other countries. While the album is not 100% Prog, having the epic only as proof that this is a Prog album or even band, the quality of the material that is not Prog is quite good, and makes up a excellent album.

4 stars. For those who are looking for Prog gems out of U.K and U.S, this album might click your interest, I assure you.

The Quiet One | 4/5 |

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