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BELIEVE

Neo-Prog • Poland


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Founded in Warsaw, Poland in 2004

BELIEVE is the project of former COLLAGE guitarist Mirek Gil, who together with Tomek Rozcki (vocals, guitars), Adam Milosz (keyboards, hidden harmonies), Przemas Zawadzki (bass), Vlodi Tafel (drums), Satomi (violin), and Robert Sieradzki (lyrics, vocals) create a rather unique form of Neo Progressive Rock. Mixing the often melancholic Neo-Prog shown on COLLAGE's "Moonshine" with a bit more of a harder, metal edge, BELIEVE form an intriguing style of experimental and unconventional progressive rock.

2006 saw the release of "Hope to See Another Day," BELIEVE's debut album which introduces us to their unique style of Neo-Prog. For fans of COLLAGE, SATELLITE, the growing Polish progressive rock scene, or for those who may have not yet discovered Neo-Prog, I recommend BELIEVE.

Why this artist must be listed in www.progarchives.com : Aside from Mirek Gil's direct and important connection to Neo-Prog and the progressive music scene in Poland, BELIEVE do indeed play an interesting form of progressive rock.

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BELIEVE discography


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3.37 | 78 ratings
Hope To See Another Day
2006
4.01 | 148 ratings
Yesterday Is A Friend
2008
3.12 | 66 ratings
This Bread Is Mine
2009
3.43 | 80 ratings
World Is Round
2011
3.72 | 120 ratings
The Warmest Sun In Winter
2013
4.08 | 58 ratings
Seven Widows
2017

BELIEVE Live Albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

4.23 | 13 ratings
Live At The 1st Oskar Art Rock Festival 2006
2009

BELIEVE Videos (DVD, Blu-ray, VHS etc)

3.78 | 14 ratings
Hope to see another day, Live
2008
4.19 | 8 ratings
Seeing Is Believing
2012

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 Hope To See Another Day by BELIEVE album cover Studio Album, 2006
3.37 | 78 ratings

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Hope To See Another Day
Believe Neo-Prog

Review by poito

3 stars 3.5

New band of former COLLAGE guitarist Mirek Gil, apparently committed to a new project after some years of roaming. He will alternate this band with more personal work released as MR GIL, a micro chamber ensemble in which he showed great talent for composition. This debut album by the old geek in a new dress is a mainstream prog-rock (more rock than prog) project made of mid-tempo themes with standard verse, chorus and guitar solo structure, all around melodic guitar riffs. I wish there was more compositional work at the guitar; it is mainly accompanying and filling spaces. There is a violin that adds a personal touch, but it could have been used much better, for instance dueting with Gil. Anyway, one can feel the long road in the shoulders, the themes are not ambitious but they leave a good taste, asking for another play. They recruited Tomek Różycki in the voices, a good singer with a rather personal voice who won't stay for too long in the band. Pity, he did a very good job in this. Though there is no new stuff, the elements are mixed and executed with skill, nicely arranged, and searching for a young audience, enough to keep an ear on these guys, just in case they find something important to tell in the future. In the meanwhile, enjoy these nice themes, "What is love", "Needles in my brain" "Coming Down", "Seven Days" "Don't Tell Me". By the way, if you are a proghead you'll get more of this album if you listen to your favorite themes separately, every now and then. All at once may get somewhat tiring.

 Seven Widows by BELIEVE album cover Studio Album, 2017
4.08 | 58 ratings

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Seven Widows
Believe Neo-Prog

Review by Tarcisio Moura
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5 stars I really don´t get it! Why on earth some reviewer wastes his (and everybody´s) time writing a review bashing a CD from a genre he obviously does not like or understand? Really, some people do not seem to know what prog music is all about. And this is more annoying when the album in question is a masterpiece of that genre. Yes, a Masterpiece with capital M. If on their previous effort, The Warmest Sun In The Winter (2013), polish neo proggers Believe had finally carved a style completely of their own and delivered an excellent disc, on Seven Widows they evolved even more, reaching the edge of perfection. If you´re missing Satomi´s violin on The Warmest... then the good news is that she´s back in full force! But that is not all.

It looks like Believe finally got rid of all the elements that hampered their music (i.e. the grunge connections and some heavy metal traits) and concentrated on writing fine tunes and subtle deliveries. Maybe leader and guitarist Mirek Gil had finally realized he should do what he does best, both on Collage and Satellite, but with a different approach to make his band unique: instead of the bombastic, several layers of instruments, typical fo those two bands, Believe´s new sound is the epitome of the saying Less Is More: the instrumentation is much more sparse, some parts bare to the bone (like Satomi´s solo on IV, where for several bars her violin is only backed by only a few notes on the lower keys of a piano and some tribal drums). Yet, it sounds full, complete and symphonic all the way. Instruments come and go at the right moment, showing a great team work. Gil´s trademark guitar solos and licks blend with Satomi´s mournful and beautiful violin, accompanied by Przemas Zawadzki discreet, but elegant, bass lines and the very skillful Robert "Qba" Kubajek on drums. That rhythm section really knows about light and shade. Surprisingly, Satomi herself handles all the keyboards duties and does a fine job too.

New singer Lukasz Ociepa has a very nice voice and his passionate delivering is quite moving. Both his timbre and interpretation is very similar to the previous vocalist, Karol Wróblewski, making this transition very smooth. You hardly notice any difference. The songwriting sees the band again at its best: 7 tracks (all over the 8 minute mark) and 65 minutes of music in total that seems to end too fast. Not a single note wasted all the way, with several entrancing guitar and violin duets/duels (and experience made even more delightful when heard on headphones). Emotional vocals, tasteful arrangements and beautiful solos all wrapped up by a crystal clear production. Who could ask for more? There are no weak tracks and it´s hard to even point a highlight since the whole CD is a highlight itself. Every tracks is a gem and they all blend in for a smooth listening. Only the closer VI (the tunes have no titles, only numbers) with its heavy rhythm guitar intro does have a slightly gothic metal feeling, but it is only for a few moments before it segues into the the new style Believe has created and finishes the album with a high note.

Conclusion: my favorite album of 2017, and one of the best I heard in decades. It is really a joy to see a band like Believe, which started quite promising but never seeming to reach its full potential for years, finally surpassing all expectations and evolving into something so marvelous, in the tradition of bands like Collage, Quidam and Albion. Poland still delivers great prog music!

Rating: ten stars with honors! Essential for any neo prog lover and highly recommended to anyone who enjoys fine music!

 Seven Widows by BELIEVE album cover Studio Album, 2017
4.08 | 58 ratings

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Seven Widows
Believe Neo-Prog

Review by CeeJayGee

4 stars I was introduced to the music of Believe when I listened to Hope To See Another Day and Yesterday Is A Friend many years ago. I haven't felt that the band has achieved the heights of those two fine albums until the release of VII Widows. This album has strong melodies that develop nicely within longish tracks (none less than eight minutes long). Neo-prog and art rock influences mean that the band is at the lighter end of prog but Believe remains as one of the strongest of the many excellent Polish pro artists and VII Widows is a return to form and worthy of a four star rating.
 The Warmest Sun In Winter by BELIEVE album cover Studio Album, 2013
3.72 | 120 ratings

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The Warmest Sun In Winter
Believe Neo-Prog

Review by Tarcisio Moura
Prog Reviewer

4 stars After the rather disappointing The Bread Is Mine (2009) I kind of lost touch with Believe music. I really though that Mirek Gil (Collage, Satellite) new band would go downhill from then on. But after reading some glowing review about their latest CD Six Widows I decided to give Believe another chance. And I was pleased to find out that World Is Round (2011) was much better than its predecessor, so I felt stimulated to listen to their latest releases. I must say I did not approach The Warmest Sun in Winter with the best spirits since one of Believe´s most appealing aspects (violinist Satomi) was only featured on two tracks. Satomi´s discreet but beautiful contributions with her instrument to this bands sound was almost as important as Gil´s unique guitar licks. So I was quite surprised to discover that this CD is one of their best.

Well, OK, it is different, but in a good way. At first I would agree with Kenneth Livine´s review that the songs did not seem to be that great, even boring sometimes, but after repeated spins I found them to be rather stronger and better than I initially though. The Warmest Of The Sun is definitely a grower: they often reveal themselves as a kind of more sparse and modern sounding version of Collage. Mirek Gil is surely the star of the show with his trademark fluid, melodic and expressive guitar solos, but it would be nothing if the songs were not up to the challenge. And they are all very good, although certainly also more demanding to the listener than the music of Collage and Satellite. I´ve been listening to this album non stop for the last two weeks and I still can´t have enough of it. Yes, for my taste I still think Collage and Satellite are better, but since neither band has delivered anything new lately, this is the best next thing. Besides, it looks like Believe finally found a sound of their own, which is really surprising. I´m really,k really happy they got rid of those grungy vocal lines. Karol Wróblewsk is a much better singer than Tomek Różycki. His vocal lines reminded of Robert Amirian´s (again the Collage/Satellite connection) . There are even some fine vocal harmonies that added to the great tapestry of their music. Subtle as the rest, but it is there.

The production is excellent and the tracklist is simply outstanding. My favorite track is the powerful Words, but there is no fillers here.

The Warmest Of The Sun restore my faith in Believe. One of the best CDs I heard this year, although it was released four years ago. So far so good! If you like fine melodies, subtle arrangements and beautiful Hackett-like guitar lines you should not miss this one. It might take a while to fully appreciate its richness, but you´ll be rewarded if you persist. A real nice finding!

Rating: 4,5 stars.

 Seven Widows by BELIEVE album cover Studio Album, 2017
4.08 | 58 ratings

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Seven Widows
Believe Neo-Prog

Review by Fenris

1 stars Seven Widows by Believe is another example of rock bridging into several musical styles, but who in my opinion never is progressive rock. The production and song structure, especially on the vocal verses, are very similar to pop music, even if it's spiced up with elements from heavy rock, folk, grunge or classic progressive rock. Sometimes it actually sounds like a mix between Nickelback, a modern sounding Steve Hackett, Norwegian band Seigmen and some emo band from the US. Very, very peculiar if this ends up as the best progressive rock release of 2017. I also find that a lot of the songs sound very similar, in terms of how they are executed and how they are constructed. With a somewhat flat and commercial sounding production, I really can't understand this high ranking when there's so much more adventurous music around.
 Seven Widows by BELIEVE album cover Studio Album, 2017
4.08 | 58 ratings

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Seven Widows
Believe Neo-Prog

Review by kenethlevine
Special Collaborator Prog-Folk Team

5 stars It's been a turbulent 5 years for premier Polish neo prog group BELIEVE. A return to the fold of original vocalist Tomek Rozycki was announced to replace Karol Wroblewski, while the precursor group COLLAGE was reformed, though they have yet to issue anything more than a few videos. As events unfolded, Tomek was superseded by Lukasz Ociepa, who sounds like a more tortured version of Rozycki, at times recalling his performances on the band's debut. The first fruits of the new lineup's efforts are now unveiled in the form of "Seven Widows", an anguished antonym to Rick Wakeman's "Six Wives". As a successor to the very disappointing "The Warmest Sun in Winter", which saw the band lapse into formulaic neo prog and largely eschew the delicate counterpoint of Satomi's violin, this fresh release would be an achievement if it merely retrenched the formulas of prior incarnations. While aspects of COLLAGE, early BELIEVE and even SATELLITE are all in evidence, "Seven Widows" is Mirek Gil's most coherent opus to date.

With the vocals often shrouded, we are asked to experience this work on an emotional level, and it's clear that the suffering and misery to which the protagonists are subject were not initiated at the time of widowhood, but began much earlier. Cultural mores, customs and expectations, rigid arrangements, dashed dreams, altercations, infidelities, and despair all yielding to brutal rituals, stigma, and yes, profound grief and disappointment as the widowed life unfolds. As such, musical moods alternate between cathartic wails from deep within, conveyed by voice and Gil's Gilmour and Fripp influenced leads, and abject despondency, usually imparted by the strings of Satomi. Her inventive spirit is more prominent here than ever before, including several superb keyboard workouts.

All 7 tracks exceed 8 minutes in length, in several movements, affording ample opportunities to convey the wide range of occasionally merciless shifts in disposition. Widow III is my personal favorite, with several false finishes and a miraculous faux-circus interlude by Satomi on synth, before a repeat chorus and a fade out solo by Gil. In V, Lukasz leads off in a gentle tone and cedes to Gil's sole shredding solo like a wayward offspring of guitar and helicopter. IV and VI are both owned by the morose strings that seem to offer the only thread of peace and resolution.

"Seven Widows" manages to merit masterpiece status not by uncovering new musical territories but by expanding the resume of BELIEVE to accommodate instinct over intellect, bridged to the archetype of human suffering in one of its rawest forms. This is an album to return to time and again, in grief and, indeed, in celebration.

 This Bread Is Mine by BELIEVE album cover Studio Album, 2009
3.12 | 66 ratings

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This Bread Is Mine
Believe Neo-Prog

Review by apps79
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

2 stars Fall of 2008 was a period of big changes for Believe.Keyboardist Adam Milosz moved away for good, suffering from prematiral stress, but the biggest loss was the departure of talented singer Tomasz Rozycki, who was feeling exhausted by the whole project of running a group.Gil announced the arrival of new frontman Karol Wroblewski, a 19-old singer, who could also play the flute.Some six months later Believe had recorded their third album ''This bread is mine'', released in August 2009, always supported by Metal Mind.

Listening to the album I have the feeling that Mirek Gil hurried up to make the introduction of the new singer.Material was not as strong as on the previous albums, while Wroblewski was handed too many duties in a short time, he was also responsible for the keyboard parts of the album besides his regular ones as a lead singer and flutist.The band appears to distinguish from the charming stylings of Polish Prog and comes up with a work, sounding like millions of other modern Prog albums, having PINK FLOYD and PORCUPINE TREE as the main guiding lights.Tracks are mostly atmospheric without any significant symphonic orientations, limited keyboards have transformed Believe into a slightly rawer band and the overall mood sounds like Gil and Wroblewski running the project, even Satomi's violin moves do not sound quite as nice as on the previous album.My main problem though comes from the similarity between the tracks, practically following the same form, which included slow tempo electric guitars and lyrical explorations, always interrupted by laid-back textures with bits of flute and maybe acoustic guitars.No true dynamics, pretty rare explosions and a generally lyrical, smooth atmosphere, which even makes it doubtful of how progressive this work is.Of course Mr. Gil hasn't left his talent at home, there are some beautiful, cinematic passges in here with a distinctive Post Rock background and some great guitar work, but, when we are talking about this man, expectations are really high.

Change of frontman had an impact on Believe's sound and actually a questionable one.I think that there was a bit of rush by the band to expose their new singer to the public and I have to believe this was the reason why ''This bread is mine'' sounds a bit pale and uninspired.Average work by the standards of Mirek Gil's talent...2.5 stars.

 World Is Round by BELIEVE album cover Studio Album, 2011
3.43 | 80 ratings

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World Is Round
Believe Neo-Prog

Review by Kingsnake

4 stars In my opinion this is the best album the band put out so far.

The lyrics, atmosphere and overall musicianship is outstanding. The band really embraces the concept of 'less is more'. You can tell that the musicians are really good and tight, but they in favor of the song.

The compositions are atmospheric with lots of room for beautiful guitar-, violin- and keyboard parts.

Mirek Gil is the guitarist and reminds a bit of Steven Rothery (Marillion).

It's inevitable to compate the band to other Polish neo-progbands. The band that springs to mind is Votum and maybe a little Riverside, but Believe is less metal and more atmospheric.

Also the violinparts really adds to the sound and give the band a distinct sound.

My favorite songs of this album are the piano-driven ballad New Hands and the closing epic song.

 The Warmest Sun In Winter by BELIEVE album cover Studio Album, 2013
3.72 | 120 ratings

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The Warmest Sun In Winter
Believe Neo-Prog

Review by kenethlevine
Special Collaborator Prog-Folk Team

2 stars While MIREK GIL is the unquestioned leader of BELIEVE, it seems to me that, where violinist Satomi goes so goes "Believe". Unfortunately, she is absent for all but a few sublime moments on "The Warmest Sun in Winter". To be honest, I'm not sure the string-less material is strong enough to be saved by her presence in any case.

I first heard most of these tracks at ROSfest in Gettysburg, PA earlier this year, and while I generally enjoyed the "sound" and the young look of their vocalist, I found that the composition and arrangements had become predictable. Let's see, start with a slow intro and bring in Wróblewski's warble for a fairly standard low energy verse-chorus pattern that overstays its welcome, and top it off with another Gil solo in precisely the same timbre as the last. Speaking of choruses, do you remember "Yesterday is a Friend"? There the choruses shimmered and, along with Satomi, electrified each tune. Keyboards were scarce but there was such a crispness to the soundscapes, one sorely lacking here, with a much thicker, actually viscous keyboard layering, and generally dreary choruses absent of any of the urgency we have grown to appreciate. If you are going to utilize conventional structures, you need a few hooks.

The main exception to the above is "Please Go Home", which should have been the warning sign at the concert, being the only new piece that really resonated with me. A concise statement of nerve wracking euphoria, it's perhaps the band's finest moment among many, and Satomi's accompaniment only adds to the brilliance.

This is essentially the same skilled band but they seem to have "settled" for the first time. As a result, while a warm sunny glow can be felt here and there, there's not enough of the old fire, especially not where it's needed.

 The Warmest Sun In Winter by BELIEVE album cover Studio Album, 2013
3.72 | 120 ratings

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The Warmest Sun In Winter
Believe Neo-Prog

Review by ProgShine
Collaborator Errors & Omissions Team

3 stars The Warmest Sun In Winter (2013) is the 5th album of the Polish band Believe and once again released by Metal Mind Records. Metal Mind is one of the most important European labels and they have tons of releases every year, including many great bands and albums.

Believe was founded in 2004 and it's a case of bands that started playing by being influenced by the Neo Prog bands of the 80's and especially the 90's. Their sound can be easily targeted as Neo Prog but you cannot put them exactly within the golden era of Neo Prog, they're the 2000's definition of the sub-genre. Believe's current line-up includes Karol Wróblewski (vocals), Mirek Gil (guitars), Konrad Wantrych (keyboards and vocals), Przemas Zawaddzki (bass) and Vlodi Tafel (drums). The Warmest Sun In Winter (2013) was recorded in Mirek Gil's studio and produced by the band itself.

The album starts with an intro, and funnily enough is named 'The End'. Soon we move on to the second track 'Beginners' that started as a full layered ballad. You have clever guitar melodies and shy and smart keyboards. I have to say that when Karol's vocals come in they don't sound that good but he redeems himself in the chorus with great doubled vocals. But the high point here is the guitar by Mirek Gil.

The title-track 'The Warmest Sun In Winter' has a good solid bass line, but a bit monotonous overall. It's a 'common' song but it has very interesting moments towards the last verse with a different kind of melody. Mirek's guitars are the main force here once again, although the shy Konrad's keyboards appear in the last minute. One thing that bothers a bit is that Karol's vocals seems too 'robotic' due to the use of computer effects. Sometimes it lacks a bit of 'life'.

In the fourth track 'Words' keyboards are less shy and bring us a very good main melody. You also have the first very interesting moments of the drummer Vlodi Tafel. In fact, this track has a bit of every instrument. You also have an interesting bass solo round the middle with a different tone, more distorted. But overall, it is just an ok track cause it doesn't really go anywhere, despite the use of good Hammond organs. 'Unborn/Turn Around' has good 'flutes' right in the beginning, the intro is in fact a great one. Though I would have used a different drum beat in it. Vocals once again are weak with lots of effects or duplicated. At least until the second half when the song changes and Karol redeems himself once again with some amazing vocals followed by piano. I can sense a Peter Gabriel influence in this track.

'Please Go Home' starts as a lullaby that is soon followed by a 'heavy' bit. But the heaviness comes from the low bottom of the band, not from the guitars. Then we have the smartest move by the band, violins. Satomi comes as a special guest and add great colors to The Warmest Sun In Winter (2013). Second half of the song is weird, but in a good way, it includes an intersection with a Polish Radio DJ that is just great. A very good track.

Final track is 'Heartless Land'. Usually I don't like the bass sound of the 5 strings instrument as Przemas Zawadzki uses on the album. But here he uses it in a different and interesting way. The track is full of a dense atmosphere and the guitar bits are like flashlights in the dark. They have written a somber song and managed to fit some 'flutes' again. Then a hidden track comes in. It is called 'The Bright Day' and it's kinda short, with 2'30 minutes long. This track could be easily added to the album as the 8th track if it was a bit longer, once again the violins appear and they could have used it more.

With The Warmest Sun In Winter (2013) Believe achieved a solid album. Not a groundbreaking album but a strong and melodic one. If you're a Neo Prog fan this should be in your collection.

(Originally posted on progshine.net)

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