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THE GREAT LIE

The Adekaem

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3.82 | 20 ratings | 4 reviews | 10% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 2021

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Woodland Frolics at 3 AM (13:44)
2. The Tightrope Walker (10:54)
3. Fool and Death (7:37)
4. The Fall of Phaeton (5:50)
5. Luminous We Are (10:45)
6. Sacred Geometry (6:03)
7. Spontaneous Combustion of Ego (11:15)
8. Still, Constantly (3:35)
9. The Great Lie (7:06)

Total Time 76:49

Line-up / Musicians

- Andrzej Bielas / keyboards, synthesizers, vocals (5)
- Krzysztof Wala / guitars, guitar synthesizer, synthesizers, vocals (5)

- Tomasz Holewa / drums
- Marcin Staszek / vocals (2,3,4,8,9)
- Martyna Zygadlo / vocals (6,8)
- Krzysztof Wyrwa / bass (except 6)
- Jakub Bason / flute (2)

Releases information

CD Lynx Music LM183CDDG (2021)

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THE ADEKAEM The Great Lie ratings distribution


3.82
(20 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(10%)
10%
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(55%)
55%
Good, but non-essential (35%)
35%
Collectors/fans only (0%)
0%
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Review by Rivertree
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator / Band Submissions
4 stars What do you think is a great lie? Not this: with good conviction you can say that Poland is a traditional stronghold when it comes to the Neo Prog scene, that said the manyfold bands, musicians as well as the fan base too. And thanks to this album I definitely would like to count THE ADEKAEM band in. Hailing from Katowice they are a duo in a strict sense, consisting of Krzysztof Wala (guitar, synth) and Andrzej Bielas (keys). Nine nice prog songs are offered here, where both are responsible for concept and compositions. But of course rock music would not work without competent rhythm support, this time in person of Tomasz Holewa (drums) and Millenium bassist Krzysztof Wyrwa. Finally versatile male and female guest vocalists are a worthy completion. That said you'll notice Marcin Staszek and Martyna Zygadlo in a duet on Still, Constantly for example.

77 minutes playing time, that's a lot. I mean you probably will expect some slack and weakness regarding that. No, not at all! Drenched with a nice floydy mood Woodland Frolics At 3 AM is opening this comfortable show. The Tightrope Walker then shines with nice repetitive piano lines backing ambitious acoustic and electric guitar solo activity. Minimal limitation, well, the cello like on Sacred Geometry, also manifested on the album cover, won't be listed in the liner notes. Alongside with some symphonic strings this alternatively must have been arranged through the synthesizer. Well thought out compositions, fairly psychedelic tinged again and again. Synths and guitars are ruling, taken for granted. There's nothing imposed, overloaded, I really liked the relaxed nonchalant flow overall.

Review by siLLy puPPy
COLLABORATOR PSIKE, JR/F/Canterbury & Eclectic Teams
4 stars Poland has been quite the hot scene for prog bands in the 21st century ranging from the proggy metal sounds of Riverside and Retrospective to the crazy avant-fusion of Light Coorporation and Merkabah. The space rock and neo-prog scenes have also been quite strong with bands like Millenium and Believe cranking out some interesting art rock in the last couple decades and then there's this band called THE ADEKAEM which formed in Tychy in the south of Poland in 2013. Basically THE ADEKAEM is a duo consisting of Andrzej Bielas on keys and synths and Krzysztof Wala on guitars and synths. Both have contributed vocals.

Although technically a duo, this band has employed numerous guest musicians over the years and on ADEKEEM's fourth release THE GREAT LIE, the number has expanded to include drummer Tomasz Holewa, bassist Krzysztof Wyrwa, two vocalists Marcin Staszek and Krzysztof Wyrwa as well as flautist Jakub Bason. While considered to be neo-prog in some camps, THE ADEKAEM is a bit more eclectic than the term implies. True that the basic compositional structures are based in catchy sprawling grooves heavily fortified by synthesizer counterpoints but the band started out with a heavy reliance on jazz-fusion styles. On THE GREAT LIE these guys have jettisoned the jazz influences and settled into more of a space rock sound with darker overtones like classic King Crimson or even the horrific soundtracks of the Italian band Goblin.

This is a rather long album with nine tracks that just miss the 77-minute mark. The highlights of the album are the drifting sounds heard on the instrumental tracks. The opening "Woodland Frolics at 3AM" and "Spontaneous Combustion of Ego" showcase the band's ability to exercise its instrumental interplay with spontaneous and creative textures and tapestries of synthesized atmospheric splendor. Many of the vocal tracks feature space rock tones and timbres familiar to any fan of classic 70s Pink Floyd or Eloy. The album sort of slinks along at mid-tempo processions and floats by like drifting clouds in the sky on a lazy summer afternoon but rock guitar heft is added with power chords adding some distorted sustain and the occasional neo-prog guitar sweeps are ubiquitous as well.

For album of this length, a band needs to keep things from falling into a monotonous procession of ideas and in that regard THE ADEKAEM does an excellent job at keeping things from running on auto-pilot. The alternating vocal and instrumental parts display different strengths of the band as they can easily adapt to either stylistic approach and the adept use of keyboards allows droning atmospheres to provide the perfect background for more adventurous keyboard soloing and guitar exploration. The thumping bass may remind a bit of classic 70s Floyd at moments but luckily the supporting musical backdrop steers your attention away into swirling synth majesty.

This is my first experience with THE ADEKAEM but it won't be my last. THE GREAT LIE reveals a very gifted duo who can lead a group of musicians into a progressive rock world where interesting psychedelic space rock meets neo-prog and more. This is a very relaxing album and although the style presented could've easily nosedived into the world of cheesiness, Bielas and Wala are masters of fine-tuning the subtleties so that everything sounds organic and naturally unfolding. Add to that the brilliant album cover art which perfectly depicts the music experienced inside except for the fact that there are no violin or cello sounds to be heard! LOL. This is indeed the perfect soundtrack for a moonlit starry night on the beach. A lot like some Eloy only with much better vocals.

Latest members reviews

4 stars THE ADEKAEM is the Polish duo founded in 2013 of Andrzej and Krzysztof who are inspired by psychedelic progressive rock, releasing their 4th CD here with a few big names like Marcin STASZEK from MOONRISE and Krzysztof WYRWA from MILLENIUM, Jakub BASOŃ taking care of the lyrics. An opus with ... (read more)

Report this review (#2584602) | Posted by alainPP | Monday, August 9, 2021 | Review Permanlink

3 stars The Polish prog formation The Adekaem was founded in early 2013 by Andrzej Biełas (keyboards) and Krzysztof Wala (guitars ), a few months later joined by Marcin "Budda" Pękała on bass and Dariusz Goiński on drums. Band info. "Hence the name of the band was created from the fi ... (read more)

Report this review (#2575192) | Posted by TenYearsAfter | Tuesday, June 29, 2021 | Review Permanlink

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