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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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3.38 | 80 ratings
Hope To See Another Day
2006
3.99 | 161 ratings
Yesterday Is A Friend
2008
3.12 | 68 ratings
This Bread Is Mine
2009
3.46 | 87 ratings
World Is Round
2011
3.70 | 125 ratings
The Warmest Sun In Winter
2013
4.09 | 140 ratings
Seven Widows
2017

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

4.00 | 14 ratings
Live At The 1st Oskar Art Rock Festival 2006
2009

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

3.78 | 16 ratings
Hope to see another day, Live
2008
4.24 | 10 ratings
Seeing Is Believing
2012

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 Seven Widows by BELIEVE album cover Studio Album, 2017
4.09 | 140 ratings

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Seven Widows
Believe Neo-Prog

Review by Warthur
Prog Reviewer

5 stars I was one of many who were highly impressed by Believe's Yesterday Is a Friend, but who found that following albums failed to live up to the high bar set to that masterpiece of the Polish neo-prog scene; regular flux in the group's lineup hardly helped. Then you had the reformation of precursor band Collage in 2015, with Believe band leader Mirek Gil returning to the guitar spot there and bringing along then-current Believe lead vocalist Karol Wróblewski to act as the new frontman for the reformed group. You'd have been forgiven for wondering whether Believe were done for.

However, it wasn't long into the reunion that Mirek bowed out again, perhaps wisely deciding that whilst a bit of nostalgia from time to time can clear the air, too much can bog you down. Łukasz Ociepa joins this time around as vocalist, and Robert Kubajek is the new drummer; the rhythm section is rounded out by the trusty Przemysław Zawadzki on bass, whilst the album also sees a welcome return of violinist Satomi to the fold.

Though she had appeared on The Warmest Sun In Winter, Satomi's contribution had been limited there to just a guest appearance on a couple of tracks (one of which was, strictly speaking, a bonus track), in keeping with the regrettable tendency on the Karol-fronted albums (This Bread Is Mine, World Is Round and Warmest Sun) to play down her contributions more and more over time.

Thankfully, Seven Widows radically reverses this trend, not only reinstating her as a full band member where she belongs - Yesterday Is a Friend would never have been the masterpiece it was without her contributions - but also relying on her more than ever, expanding her duties to include keyboards, which she turns out to be an adept hand at as well.

Indeed, composed as it is of a suite of seven parts, Seven Widows largely finds Believe tearing up the strategy they'd followed during the Karol-fronted era and plotting a brand new course, favouring the most progressive aspects of their sound. Gone are the various sops to poppier or grungier or otherwise more mainstream-leaning genres which had turned me off World Is Round, and which crop up as criticisms of other Karol-fronted material.

Whether that direction was prompted by an attempt to play to Karol's strengths as a vocalist or a bid by Gil to take the band into the mainstream, that's done now; if you enjoyed the Karol-fronted albums, you should come to Seven Widows expected a sudden (but perhaps welcome) change in course, whereas if you were one of us who felt that Believe had lost their way since Yesterday Is a Friend then take heart - finally, Seven Widows has offered a true followup to that album's approach. No mere remake, it's a journey down the path not previously taken after Yesterday - and if it represents Believe's tomorrow, I can only look forward to their next album with eagerness.

 Seven Widows by BELIEVE album cover Studio Album, 2017
4.09 | 140 ratings

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Seven Widows
Believe Neo-Prog

Review by BrufordFreak
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5 stars A collection of masterfully crafted songs. Though the leader is obviously Mirek Gil, all contributors are essential to this product, and those of newcomer Łukasz Ociepa on vocals and especially from long-time violinist and keyboard player, Satomi, are exceptional. With a product like this, the band can be forgiven any and all time taken for its creation and rendering.

1. "I" (10:49) a perfectly crafted, polished song that suffers a little from lack of that over-the-top emotion that we want from Mirek's guitar solos. The song opens with two basic synth chords joined by strummed electric guitar and, in the second minute, bass, drums, and Mirek's lead establishing one of his signatory melodic riffs. But wait! He's joined by the harmonizing effect of the violin! Nice! Violin stays on to supply a staccato-bowed single note variation while newcomer Łukasz Ociepa enters. At 3:27 Mirek switches gears to deliver a true lead solo as the drums and bass make things a little more interesting beneath. And then Satomi joins in and it's magical! Satomi carries the lead over a bridge of emptiness before the band joins back in and continues the instrumental section another minute. A shift in mood and style at the end of the sixth minute leads to another appearance by the band's new vocalist. He's sounding a lot like Karol Wr'blewski in this section. The new mood feels more somber and serious. It plays out for four of the final five minutes of the song--vocals ending in a way that sounds like a DOVES song--before ending with the bombastic section with Mirek's lead riffs. (9/10)

2. "II" (9:07) bass, drums and kalimba-like guitar arpeggi open this one, setting another eerie, ominous tone. Mirek's guitar is a little edgier with some distortion this time as he wails between each of the vocal sections. Satomi's play is more academic, following practice scales, as she interjects an occasional solo or two. At 3:20 everything shifts dramatically as acoustic guitar strums and picked electric play accompaniment to first Satomi's violin and then Mirek's electric wail. At 4:48 the same foundation serves to support Łukasz in a new vocal--one that is slightly muted until he begins to belt it out at 5:30. Nice lower end guitar work from Mirek's lead in the sixth-seventh minutes. When he finally climbs into the upper registers it feels dramatic and gets the adrenaline really pumping. Then he starts using wammy bar and Satomi comes in to reinforce him. And she gets to end it with multiple violin tracks riffing away. This is so sublime! What a team! What a band! This band has really gelled with this album. I'm ready to acclaim them the new Neo Prog masters! (9/10)

3. "III" (7:58) what could have been an average prog song is turned extraordinary by Mirek's solos and Łukasz' wonderful vocals--especially in the mid-section. Great drumming, too! (9/10)

4. "IV" (11:58) from rain storm to playground sounds to an awesomely heavy instrumental opening, the impassioned singing of lead vocalist Łukasz Ociepa only adds credibility to the seriousness of that majestic opening- -and then he goes up another notch in the sixth minute just before Mirek follows suit. God! It's great to hear Mirek Gil letting loose again (albeit, too briefly)! I think every Collage lover wants more of the adrenaline magic of "The Blues" and "Heroes Cry." Lull with bass cords and militaristic toms fill the end of the eighth minute as Satomi plays a respectful folk dirge for the next two minutes. When the band finally brings all back together at the 9:30 mark it sounds so powerful, so supportive of the violin's beautiful and simple eulogy. Amazing the things music can do! An outright masterpiece of simple, efficient power! (10/10)

5. "V" (8:03) Steadily presented heavy prog with no flash or flair, just solid, melody supporting chords over which Satomi's violin and Łukasz' plaintive voice bless us. And Mirek is in the background (at least, until the fourth minute)! Nice guitar'n'drums chase in that fourth minute solo. What a voice! This may be the heir apparent to Marco Gluhmann. He's got some growing to do but he has the pathos! I love the shift at 5:15 into a different time signature with bass and guitar holding steady while Qba's drums and the lead guitar fly (with multiple tracks given to display Mirek's frenetic flourishes). Wow! I'm not sure I can take much more of this adrenaline pumping!(9.5/10)

6. "VI" (8:36) loose chimes bridge songs five and six before a whispered voice delivers its creepy Edgar Allan Poe message. Bass harmonics and toms support heavily distorted guitar arpeggi before Mirek sets up the song with a riff in the lead. The vocal here feels a little buried in the music. Great drum, bass, and atmosphere here but the vocal is just not fitting. It's almost as if this was a long finished instrumental that Łukasz felt he could add a vocal to. It's finally starting to work with the gorgeous violin-aided chorus--which is then followed by one of Mirek's signature ear candy leads. Gorgeous. In the sixth minute organ and synth join as the drums double time for a spell, then things slow back down for another spell-binding violin solo. What a gorgeous melody. Another song I'm going to want to hear a lot of. (9/10)

7. "VII" (8:48) the toms from song VI bleed into this one before another heavy full onslaught lights up the aural pathways. Once established, this quickly falls back to allow a spacious atmosphere in which Łukasz can deliver another of his masterful vocals. The pattern of heavy-Mirek riffing onslaught bridging the softer vocal sections is established until 3:40 when a slow arpeggiation of a guitar chord progression plays with synth and electric guitar sounds flitting in from behind. Chords of orchestral synth wash join in with more toms while Satomi delivers a brief solo. The music stays the same as Łukasz gives his best Marco impression. This is such gorgeous music. (9/10)

The YouTube sampler the band had posted to chum up potential investors left me unimpressed. I am SO glad I decided to return and become one of those investors once I found out how to secure it. I cannot repeat enough how emotional this music is, masterful in both composition and delivery. This is NOT the album I was expecting: Believe albums always seem to fall short of expectations and desires. Not this one. This is a sheer masterpiece of progressive rock music--one for the ages!

Five stars; a certifiable masterpiece of progressive rock music.

 World Is Round by BELIEVE album cover Studio Album, 2011
3.46 | 87 ratings

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World Is Round
Believe Neo-Prog

Review by Tarcisio Moura
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4 stars After the relative disappointment that was The Bread is Mine I kind of lost interest in Believe. And my curiosity was only spurred when I read so many glowing reviews about their 2017 release, Six Widows. After checking that CD and founding a neo prog masterpiece, I was keen to go back and listen to the previous two they had produced in 2011 and 2013. Although it was clear that 2013´s The Warmest Sun In Winter was already in the Six Widows direction, but lacking Satomi´s violin on most of the tracks, World Is Round is more subtle, but still shows the sound that the band would create so successfully a little later.

At first I did not enjoy the album very much, it reminded me too much in the style of The Bread is Mine, but like another reviewer here said, after a few spins you start to get it: the music is very good, deceptively simplistic and full of details. It is a step forward into the right direction, with better songwriting and more personality. Ok, there are a couple of tracks that some passages spoil the overall effect, falling in the traps of their recent past like the heavy/grunge traits of Cut Me paste Me and Guru, but most of the time the flowing is good and the new tunes are superior than the previous effort. The last track, Poor Sun King/ Return is an almost 10 minute suite that starts with indian sounds, complete with sitar, and develops into a great build up with several changes climaxing with a fine melody played by Satomi and ending with a gentle piano. Great prog stuff, even if not exactly bombastic. The ballad New Hands is another highlight, featuring singer Karol Wróblewsk´flute, exquisite violin lines and subtle keys. It shows more clearly the direction the band would go from then on.

With a good production, more personality and stronger cuts, World Is Round may not be exactly Believe´s best CD, but it is still a fine work and well worth checking out (specially if you liked its follow ups). It may take a little while to get it, but once you do, you´ll be rewarded with some real fine, melodic symphonic prog where they prove the motto less is more is really a valid statement.

Rating: something between 3,5 and 4 stars. Even with a couple of missteps this CD is still above mere very good. Recommended.

 Seven Widows by BELIEVE album cover Studio Album, 2017
4.09 | 140 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
4.09 | 140 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 prog 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
3.70 | 125 ratings

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The Warmest Sun In Winter
Believe Neo-Prog

Review by Tarcisio Moura
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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
4.09 | 140 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
4.09 | 140 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 | 68 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
3.46 | 87 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.

Thanks to stonebeard for the artist addition. and to NotAProghead for the last updates

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