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ANKH

Ankh

 

Heavy Prog

3.19 | 8 ratings

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apps79
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3 stars -FIRST WRITTEN REVIEW-

This is a unique Polish band,very far from the sound offered by bands like ''Collage'',''Satellite'',''Quidam'' and the likes of neo/symphonic progressive rock. ANKH (which is a cross-like symbol of life in ancient Egypt,as shown at the cover artwork) were formed in Kielce,Poland in 1991.The band won no less than 5 prizes (!) at the Jarocin Rock Festival in 1993 and shortly afterwards they recorded their eponymous debut only on cassette format,later re-released on CD.

The album offers a very personal sounding prog rock,where classical-oriented violin meets heavy,almost metallic guitar riffs.No question about Michal Jelonek's work on violin.The man pushes the instrument to its limits,from driving passages and classical melodicism to extended soloing and schizophenic free parts,which all are inspired and greatly executed ... undoubtfully ANKH's biggest weapon!Some of the violin parts are doubled by heavy,mostly rhytmic guitars and a few acoustic ones,not particularly complex ,with the result being quite satisfying.There are also some vocal parts of mediocre,almost unnoticeable quality and ,by the way,you will definitely focus on the absolute stunning violin work than anything else on this album.A very good debut with a modern sound,bringing some fresh air to progressive/art rock.Essential for fans of newly discovered sounds! A well-deserved 3.5 star rating!

apps79 | 3/5 |

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