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4 stars An exceptional neo prog album from Polish band Satellite, this has turned into one of my favourite purchases of the year, and I got it on the strength of reviews on PA.

This is a band who provide an almost perfect mix of melody, melancholy, and also riffing out as if they were born to do metal. For an example of this, listen to the opening section of the epic track Dreams, which blazes along at 100 miles per hour, before settling down to some more recognisable symphonic inspired keyboards and guitars. I especially love the closing section, which features an exquisite guitar solo backed by huge sounding keyboards, and a pulsating rhythm section, before rocking out in mad fashion at the end. This is a track of many moods, and is a fantastic listen.

They can also do more commercial, melodic prog very well also, and I would particularly mention Downtown Skyline here, with its swirling keyboards, and upbeat rhythm. It would have made a good long single. Melodic also applies to Heaven Can Wait, which has at its heart a huge sound, mainly affected by some superlative, grand, keyboard work.

The contribution by all musicians is superb, and this is as about as tight knit an outfit as I have heard for many a year. I have Moonshine by Collage, a predecessor band, and the similarities are obvious, but, if anything, this band have brought a fresh focus to their obvious inspirations, in addition to this album having a much harder edge.

The highlight of the album, for me, is Don't Go Away In Silence, and this portrays that tight musicianship exceptionally well. Very low key, dark, almost sparse, but played and sung very well, especially the guitar. The solo bursts in the mid and end sections have to heard to be believed.

If you are a fan of acts such as Fish, Yes, Rush, King Crimson, Porcupine Tree, and Genesis (yes, the inspirations are that diverse), but also of material from bands such as Riverside, their fellow Poles, then you will find a lot to enjoy here.

Into The Night is a fine album, and deserves a four star rating. On the back of it, I have bought last year's album, and am looking forward to seeing how this band progress.

There is a lot of good stuff coming out of Poland - this is amongst the best. Highly recommended.

lazland | 4/5 |


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