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3 stars Thanks to Google Translate I could find a bit more information about the band its history. Fisbers is rooted in April 2016 when school friends wanted to make music, in the weekend they got permission to rehearsal in the percussion room. Their first gig one month later didn't turn out very well and the band decided to change their musical direction into progressive rock. Ryszard Kramarski (an icon of Polish progressive rock) - also took part in this decision as a friend of Dominika he promised to record the newly formed band in his own studio during the next year's holiday. The original version of First Mind was composed and at that time, the name of the band was derived from the song Planet Of Wolves. In June the first rehearsal of the band took place, with Dawid Lewandowski (a friend of the previous bassist), and Fizbers created more and more rock arrangements of their works, which were composed just before the band's creation. Songs such as Ashes, Normality and Lady With No Real Name were born slowly. In April 2017, the first demo of the album was composed, consisting of 13 songs. After the selection made by Ryszard Kramarski on May 27, the first serious meeting in the studio took place, and the band made the final decision to record the album entitled First Mind.

Fizbers its music is simply structured but wonderfully coloured with strong and emotional vocals, moving guitar work, tasteful keyboard play and a solid rhythm-section. To me this bands sounds as inspired progheads who wanted to make prog themselves and who have put their entire soul into the music.

Especially on the compositions Factory (varied guitar play, beautiful violin and melancholical vocals), First Mind (strong build- up,sparkling piano and wah wah guitar), the very compelling Death (from tender piano and moving vocals to beautiful violin and sensitive electric guitar), and the final song the mid-long and alternating Ashes: wonderful work on guitar, keyboards, violin, halfway an exciting build-up from dreamy to bombastic with wah wah guitar and emotional work on the piano, in combination with emotional vocals, a wonderful conclusion!

This promising new Polish prog formation reminds me of Pendragon, also a band with simply structured music, with the focus on melody, harmony and emotion. Meanwhile Fizbers has released its second CD entitled Die Without A Living (2018), as the title suggests more melancholical, the varied and dynamic titletrack is the absolute highlight!

My rating: 3,5 star.

This review was previously published in a slightly different version on the Dutch progrock website Background Magazine.

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Posted Friday, April 26, 2019 | Review Permalink
kev rowland
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3 stars As one may surmise from the album title, this 2017 album was the debut from this Krakow-based trio featuring Dawid Lewandowski (vocals, bass), Dominik Pawlus (keyboards, drums) and Szymon Kubala (guitars). Something I also noted was this album was produced by Ryszard Kramarski, who as well as running the record label is a well-known musician in his own right, both solo and with Millenium, one of the most popular Polish progressive bands. As soon as I started playing this I was transported back in time, as if ever an album is reminiscent of the Nineties neo-prog scene then this is it. From the production, through the vocals and arrangements it is like walking through a time warp. The more I played it, the more names such as Primitive Instinct and Landmarq started popping into my head, along with early Galahad and Pendragon.

For the most part this is laid-back prog, with little of the rock part. The band (from looking at the photo in the booklet) are all relatively young, and it could be 1991 all over again. There is quite a concentration on vocals, with piano, keyboards and guitar mostly kept in the background unless there is a solo to be had, and little in the way of complex structure that one would normally expect from the genre. However, there is something in here which shows promise, something about the songs that makes one feel it is worth persevering with. It is a band learning their way, still not sure what they want to achieve, and if this was the Eighties this probably wouldn't have made it past a demo tape stage, but the sheer naivety of it does provide it an additional edge which is often missing in the highly complex and complicated arrangements which are often de rigeur in prog at times. Interesting and fun if not exactly essential.

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