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3 stars 3.5 stars actually...

Much of qualitive progressive rock came out in Poland during the 90's,a country with an excellent neo progressive rock movement, and ANNALIST make no exception.The band was formed in early 90's (possibly in 1991) in Warsaw, featuring Robert Srzednicki on guitars/piano/vocals, Krzysztof Wawrzak on bass/vocals, Bartek Goembnik on keyboards and Artur Szolc on drums.Their first album ''Memories'', totally sung in English,was released in 1994 on Digiton Label.

If you have ever listened to COLLAGE and add a more dark sound,then you're really into this album's atmosphere.A mediocre production and the rather weak vocals don't help the band at all,but when it comes to music,we are talking about first class Neo Progressive Rock here.The guitar work of Srzedincki comes out of a seminar,very much in the vein of COLLAGE's Mirek Gil,offering intricate melodies,heart-melt soloing but complicated breaks in the style of ROBERT FRIPP as well.Combine this alternating guitars with the grandiose symphonic keyboards of Goembnik to get a picture of ''Annalist'': Classical-inspired themes and interludes for keyboards and piano, a few harpsichord intros and bombastic organ passages,all in mainly slow tempo, create a haunting and hardly descriebable atmosphere.Notice that the 12-min. ''Lunacy'' feature some trembing guitars over heavy bass lines to present something dark and closer to KING CRIMSON than KING CRIMSON themselves!You will certainly escape from this dark mood by a series of catchy guitar-driven grroves,added for good measure, another excellent move by this talented band.

If it weren't for the questionable vocal work and the somewhat buried production,we would possibly talk about a monster album.Nevertheless, ''Memories'' was a remarkable first step into the progressive world by ANNALIST and comes strongly recommended by my side for both Neo and Symphonic Prog lovers!

apps79 | 3/5 |


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