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Neo-Prog • Poland


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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.



Discography:
Hope to See Another Day, Studio Album (2006)

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3.37 | 55 ratings
Hope to See Another Day
2006
4.02 | 122 ratings
Yesterday is a Friend
2008
3.26 | 42 ratings
This Bread Is Mine
2009
3.45 | 65 ratings
World Is Round
2011
3.71 | 107 ratings
The Warmest Sun In Winter
2013

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

4.38 | 8 ratings
Live At The 1st Oskar Art Rock Festival 2006
2009

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3.78 | 11 ratings
Hope to see another day, Live
2008
4.17 | 5 ratings
Seeing Is Believing
2012

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 World Is Round by BELIEVE album cover Studio Album, 2011
3.45 | 65 ratings

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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.

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 The Warmest Sun In Winter by BELIEVE album cover Studio Album, 2013
3.71 | 107 ratings

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Review by kenethlevine
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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 Wr├│blewski'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.

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 The Warmest Sun In Winter by BELIEVE album cover Studio Album, 2013
3.71 | 107 ratings

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Review by ProgShine
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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 Wrˇblewski (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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 The Warmest Sun In Winter by BELIEVE album cover Studio Album, 2013
3.71 | 107 ratings

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Review by J-Man
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4 stars Although Believe has only existed for less than a decade, they've quickly become regarded as one of the elite acts in Polish progressive rock - and with their fifth album, 2013's The Warmest Sun In Winter, it has (once again) become apparent why. The band's atmospheric and moody style of neo-prog easily immerses its listener, but there is also a level of sophistication in both the songwriting and arrangements that sets Believe apart from the pack. Especially when listening to Mirek Gil's tremendous lead guitar work in tracks like "Please Go Home" and Karol Wrˇblewski's stunning vocal performance in "Beginners", it's clear that The Warmest Sun In Winter is the work of first-class musicians. This is the rare type of album that can provide either an engaging or soothing experience depending on the listener's mood, and this versatility makes for a very easy recommendation. The Warmest Sun In Winter is an essential pickup for any fan of neo-prog!

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Review by BrufordFreak

3 stars Another solid album of melodic rock from a team of seasoned, gifted songwriters. My complaint is that their music is sounding less and less like prog--even Neo-prog--and more and more like A-B-A-C-A-B pop ballads. Also, while Mirek Gil's signature electric guitar sound remains, the fire and creativity of his soli are, IMHO, diminishing. If you look at his more recent output, the last two MR. GIL albums, and the last two BELIEVE albums, there are so few times that he really lets loose or hits any orgiastic moments. And yet, I must admit, I remain glued to the songs waiting, hoping--which says a lot for the allure, power and magic of this gifted musician/songwriter. While the singing of Karol Wr├│blewski continues to get stronger, the songs seem more and more to be vehicles for his mellifluous voice. Still, this is a grower--it gets under your skin the more you listen to it--especially and I'm thankful to be able to give a shout out for two songs in particular which satisfy my prog yearnings: "Please Go Home" (4:51) (10/10) with its wonderful, highly emotional story, lyrics, and vintage Mirek Gil guitar playing--as well as the support of violinist, Satomi--and the first 12 minutes of the two-part finale, "Heartless Land" (14: 46) (9/10).

3.5 stars rated down for being too formulaic and less prog-like.

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 Yesterday is a Friend by BELIEVE album cover Studio Album, 2008
4.02 | 122 ratings

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Review by Memo_anathemo

4 stars Yesterday is a Friend is truly a magical album. This project of Collage and Satellite guitarist, Mirek Gil, achieves to give you an excellent perspective of what the Polish scene is giving to the world, well arranged music, a well produced album, excellent musicians and individual performances of high standard. I love the introduction of Satomi, playing the violin, it gives a special touch to the songs. Mirek Gil, as well, has an extraordinary way of playing the guitar, and the acoustic guitars in most of the songs sound superb, where Tomek Rozycki plays a great deal, and apart from the acoustic guitars, Rozycki sings, and his voice is particularly appropriate for each song. This is an excellent neo prog album which curiously does not focus on keyboards as the main instrument. I love it!

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 Yesterday is a Friend by BELIEVE album cover Studio Album, 2008
4.02 | 122 ratings

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Review by apps79
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3 stars The Prog world received more than warmly the new project of Mirek Gil and quickly a second album was among the plans of Believe.Robert Sieradzki still appears as a member of the group with no vocal but only lyrics' contributions, while Adam Milosz now appears as a guest musician, despite playing all the keyboard parts in the new album.Additionally the entitled ''Yesterday is a friend'' was released in 2008 on a new label, the Polish Metal Mind Records.

Gil's inspiration not only seems endless, but with this second work he tries to propose an even more personal sound for Believe.Imagine a more upbeat SATELLITE and a more melodic PORCUPINE TREE and add these lovely violin beats and the typical Polish atmospheres to get a close look to an album, that speaks about the highest values of the human being, such as love, happiness, freedom, truth and faith.So, it's not a surprise that ''Yesterday is a friend'' moves among different emotional states and deep atmospheres, always led by the band's musicianship and depending on each track.But the basic characteristics remain Gil's unmet guitar solos and sometimes sharp riffs, Satomi's unique violin plays, shifting from dreamy tunes to melancholic textures and the deep, background keyboards of Milosz.The album has always a huge sense of melody with very good guitar moves and very sensitive vocal lines by Tomasz Rozycki and easily puts Believe among the finest entries of the Polish Prog scene.Some front keyboard plays and a careful presence of acoustic passages make the style even more charming and diverse.The tracks are accesible, without missing the aim of demanding and proggy arrangements, the production is top notch and the themes are very tight with a nice flow.

The debut of Believe was good, this one is propably even better.Great melodies, great singing, great emotions.Another nice proposal from Poland, strongly recommended...3.5 stars.

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 The Warmest Sun In Winter by BELIEVE album cover Studio Album, 2013
3.71 | 107 ratings

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The Warmest Sun In Winter
Believe Neo-Prog

Review by lukretio

4 stars Emotional, melodic, sophisticated - 7.5/10

Another nice surprise found on progstreaming.com. "The Warmest Sun in Winter", the new album of Polish quintet Believe, stroke the right chord with me almost from first listen. I am a bit of sucker for both melancholic atmospheres and great vocals, and the album delivers on both fronts. The overall tone of the album is rather sombre and reflective - think about the moods you would find in an Anathema, Riverside or Porcupine Tree album. Yet, Believe's TWSIW does not fall entirely in post-rock/metal territory like the bands referenced above, but maintains a foot firmly planted in symphonic neo-prog, also thanks to the tasteful and elegant arrangements of keyboard player Konrad Wantrych. This is what makes TWSIW stand out for me. And then, of course, there's singer Karol Wobrelski's excellent vocal performance. His lead vocals are truly superb - he has a clear but powerful and expressive voice, and he uses it to great effect. The vocal melodies are also very good as they succeed in being catchy and memorable without being trite and unoriginal. The guitar work of Mirek Gil is another highlight of the album - check out his passionate, inventive solos on "Words" or "Heatless Land".

Coming to the negatives, the lyrics are rather disappointing and really not up to scratch with the music. They are very vague and expressed in a somewhat limited and basic English, and it is really hard to make sense of the story supposedly underlying the album (about two friends reuniting after a long time). The production is also somewhat lacking - I would have wished for a more full-rounded and well-balanced sound. Also, while I do like Gil's guitar playing, I felt his guitar is a bit too much upfront in the mix. But that's more a personal taste. It's also a pity that the violin of Satomi is used on only two songs ("Please go home" and "The Bright Day"), as it is an added value to their already sophisticated sound.

Overall, I am very happy to have discovered this band (kudos to progstreaming.com again!) and to have bought their album, which will often find a place in my CD player, I am sure. I would definitely recommend this to anyone with a taste for melancholy-tinged music and great lead vocals.

**** songs: "Words", "Unborn / Turn Around", and "Heartless Land"; *** songs "Please Go Home", "Beginners", "The Warmest Sun in Winter", "The End" and the "hidden track" "The Bright Day".

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 The Warmest Sun In Winter by BELIEVE album cover Studio Album, 2013
3.71 | 107 ratings

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The Warmest Sun In Winter
Believe Neo-Prog

Review by tszirmay
Special Collaborator Crossover Team

4 stars I really have a soft spot for Mirek Gil, an accomplished fret slinger that has a hallowed reputation in the prog community, mostly for his Collage work as well as solo outings, participating in early Satellite albums as well as launching Believe. I really enjoyed the debut offering, a little less so for the sophomore and ended my fascination as I was spooked by the poor reviews and the average samples for the following two albums. Well, I am happy to report that I am back behind this Polish band's cause as 'The Warmest Sun in Winter' is perhaps their finest achievement to date, the musicians having finally found their peak moulding. Always solid rhythmically with Zawadski on bass and Tafel on drums, the guitar forever sublime, the main target of any concern was the keys and the vocals. Keyboardist Konrad Wantrych is now in a zone and Karol Wroblewski has a superb voice that fits much better with the mellower moods, a fine combination of Steve Hoggarth and Collage/Satellite's Robert Amirian. But these guys were already in place for 'The Bread is Mine' and 'World is Round', so what happened? Truth is that the material presented here is now finely chiseled with a greater attention to musical detail and sensitive impact. Believe has a rather restrictive romantic neo-prog style that needs and begs for sensible arrangements and high emotional delivery, or else it falls flat. Here, the ingredients are spot on and successful.

There is a strong spirit of creativity on their disc, it becomes evident straight from the beginning by naming the opener 'The End', a brief little appetizer with resonating guitar, delicate piano and brooding bass. Lullaby that would make Chopin proud, the tease is on! 'Beginners' wastes no time on impressing the listener, forcing them from casual interest into immediate aural obedience mostly due to Mirek's seductive guitar, a series of soaringly romantic notes that will tear at your heartstrings. Wroblewski's suave voice has both sonic crispness and emotional pretence, dancing around the curling guitar forays, a lead solo that is all Mirek Gil : guileless, trebly, shattering, trembling and exalted. His craft is closer to Latimer or Hackett, a sound that searches for simplicity and utter beauty above anything overtly technical. This is a tremendous track and a foreboding of what will be coming down the line. The title track is classic Believe, where a hushed vocal introduces a glorious melody, the fierce guitar shining brightly in its simplicity, all effect and no cause, we are in ultra-romantic neo-prog mode, a style I particularly admire. Gil uncorks a 'slowhand' solo that would make Eric smile, all feeling and passion. 'Words' just keeps the groove going, perhaps a little more accessible, quite close to Mr.Gil's debut 'Alone' album, a fine prog-pop song that has depth, meaning and memorability, coated with some definite symphonics (mellotron, piano, synths) , a rare bass ditty and s shrieking axe solo to boot. 'Unborn/Turnaround' showcases a little more experimentation, a slow riff builds up the required tension and it gets really hypnotic, tainted by some dense atmospheres. The track is all about restraint and patience, working effectively in getting the right mood for the day. A cute synth section bodes well for another Gil solo, at a slightly higher pitch, military snare drums leading the parade. 'Please Go Home' is a gut wrenching piece, with spirited vocals within a raging delivery , a musical discussion in sample (in Polish) and a whopper axe solo, gritty and insistent. The desperately repeated title hits the mark with unabashed rage. 'Heartless Land' is the epic finale, a piece that adds a lot more detail to the mix, leisurely infusing various sounds and tones into the overture, where an interesting muffled beat plays hide and seek with the bass and guitar, deliberately building up steam. Very groove- oriented and highly atmospheric, this is Believe at its best, with sweet and heavenly vocals warming the soul. The mid-section mellotron is carved up by Gil's massive fretwork, a colossal exercise that will stun the disbelievers (pun!) , the man is a guitar genius. There is a few minutes of silence and then 'the hidden track' which features former full time violinist Satomi , 'The Bright Day' is exactly that, a simple pop song with some sexy violin and a memorable chorus.

You better believe in Believe.

4 Sunny ideals

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 Hope to See Another Day by BELIEVE album cover Studio Album, 2006
3.37 | 55 ratings

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Hope to See Another Day
Believe Neo-Prog

Review by J-Man
Prog Reviewer

4 stars Poland may not have the largest progressive rock scene in Europe, but especially within the last decade or so, I've noticed a large amount of phenomenal prog acts popping up throughout the country. Believe is one such act, and now that the band has plenty of well-received observations under their belt, it's a great time to revisit their 2006 debut, Hope To See Another Day. Most notably featuring guitarist Merek Gil of Collage and Satellite fame, this debut introduces Believe as a class act with a unique approach to the neo-prog genre.

Hope To See Another Day comfortably resides in the neo-progressive rock style, but Believe's music is on the more melancholic, guitar-driven, and heavy side of the equation. Whilst I wouldn't venture to call this a metal release, some of the riffs here are quite heavy, and Believe often opts for multiple guitar parts complemented by subtle keyboard work from Adam Milosz, rather than a synth-dominated sound that you might expect from the genre. This stylistic choice works well for Believe's dark and melancholic music, and the moody atmospherics heard throughout the album make for an engaging listen from start to finish. Hope To See Another Day may not immediately "click" with all listeners, but its depth makes for something that is highly rewarding in the long run.

Believe left some room for improvement on their debut - the production, for example, is a bit unpolished and the album as a whole could use more variation - but this is still a mightily impressive debut from these Polish proggers. With its recent reissue on Metal Mind Productions, now is a great time to discover Hope To See Another Day if you haven't experienced it yet. This is one of the most impressive progressive rock debuts you're likely to hear from Poland!

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