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Heavy Prog • Poland


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The mention of Polish prog often brings to mind symphonic or neo-prog bands such as S.B.B., COLLAGE and QUIDAM. However, this six-piece set from Kielce treat us to a much different kind. Think hard, Crimsonesque, almost gothic moods and classical themes la ELP, with a bit of punk rock thrown in and some heavy Slavic folk elements brought on by an ever-present violin with guitar/bass/drums rhythm sections head banging along. Formed in 1991, the band has released four albums that are approximately half & half vocal and instrumental (vocals are sung in Polish by male and female vocalists).

Their first three, the eponymous "Ankh" ('94), "Ziemia i Slonce" ('95) and "Bedzie Tajemnica" ('98), all emphasize classically-oriented violin that plays along (or perhaps we should say 'fights with') the thrash guitar. With less emphasis on the violin, their latest ("Expect Unexpected", 2003) has a more electronic feel although the distorted Fripp-like guitars and spacey keyboards still rule and the band still gives their regular nods to KING CRIMSON. Overall, their material is a rich and interesting blend of unlikely genres and is surprisingly melodious despite its apparent complexity. Good sound production.

Fans of ANEKDOTEN and KING CRIMSON may want to check these guys out.

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Discography:
Ankh (1993/1994)
Koncert akustyczny - Live (1994)
Ziemia I Slonce (1995)
Bedzie Tajemnica (1998)
Expect Unexpected (2003)

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3.19 | 8 ratings
Ankh
1994
3.07 | 10 ratings
Ziemia i Slonce
1995
2.94 | 7 ratings
Bedzie Tajemnica
1998
3.43 | 8 ratings
Expect Unexpected
2003

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Live in Bytom '95
2004
4.00 | 2 ratings
Cachasa-Live at Rio '99
2007

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 Ankh by ANKH album cover Studio Album, 1994
3.19 | 8 ratings

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Review by 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!

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 Bedzie Tajemnica by ANKH album cover Studio Album, 1998
2.94 | 7 ratings

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Review by progadicto

3 stars Some say that Ankh is a prog-grunge band (?). Well, this album sounds great. It's not a masterpiece but it's refreshing. Great musicians, some metal arrangements and a song to remember: "Swiat Sen", sung by Agnieszka Dudek (track 7). Maybe for younger prog fans or progmetal fans. Interesting cover of "21th Century Schizoid Man" with a good work in violin. Anyway, it's an album to listen with some warnings and not for every prog collector.

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 Ziemia i Slonce by ANKH album cover Studio Album, 1995
3.07 | 10 ratings

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Review by Marcelo
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3 stars It is not a typical prog rock album. Polish band ANKH plays a sort of hard rock mixtured with classical music and some folk elements, where the violin is an essential part. Along the cd, you can hear a rough rock theme and, suddenly, a beautiful classic melody or a folky violin lead song. Vocals are in Polish, and it's another item to emphasize: I positively love those bands who sing in their native tongues, despite the fact I can't understand the lyrics, because it implies an obvious non-commercial intention, beyond the warm or strange feeling where the listener can be involved.But beside this personal appreciation, overall, good melodies, originality and lots of energy becomes "Ziema I Slonce" in a very interesting stuff, recommended for those who enjoy the rustic side of prog rock.

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 Expect Unexpected by ANKH album cover Studio Album, 2003
3.43 | 8 ratings

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Review by loserboy
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3 stars ANKH's latest album fittingly titled "Expect Unexpected" is a great mix of electronica, pop and progressive rock genres. Hard to peg this album in any one category as it offers such unique characteristics and musical forms. The opening track "The Trick" for example plays in the electronic pop space and is a very catchy tune reminding me for some reason of a modern day KRAFTWERK. The following song "Love Supreme" is a drawing from the work of KING CRIMSON. Musically ANKH is exactly that... a combination of KING CRIMSON and KRAFTWERK. Throughout the album ANKH get into some great instrumental grooves and jams. The listener is never bored listening to this album as it offers so much variety in both mood, and tempo variation. The vocals are mostly sung in Polish and generally play a sub-servant role to the instrumentation. This album is a homerun for sure and for those looking to experiment into some new earth shattering territory should definitely check this album out...

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 Expect Unexpected by ANKH album cover Studio Album, 2003
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Review by Greger
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4 stars I must admit that I'm not that familiar with Polish progressive rock, but I'm probably right anyway if I say that ANKH has to be one of the best bands in this genre over there. QUIDAM is of course one of the better too, but they can't be compared to ANKH in any way. The band was founded in Kielce, Poland in 1991 and they have released four albums so far. Actually I don't know whether to call their music progressive or not. It' s progressive in the sense that it's experimental, but it's not the kind of music that you usually associate with progressive rock. Previously they have used violin as a part of their sound, but on their new album "Expect Unexpected" you can only hear it in one song: "loop fast violin mix". The music is very much dominated by keyboards, often programmed ones, like a hybrid between "synth bands" and progressive rock. I can't really compare them with any other bands. The album is very good although it isn't exactly within my musical frames. But I'm open-minded and ANKH is a nice new experience.

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