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MOONRISE is a project band based in Poland, with multi-instrumentalist Kamil Koniecznika as the one and only regular member.

Enlisting the aid of vocalist Lukasz Gall (from Polish band MILLENIUM), debut album "The Lights of a Distant Bay" was recorded in 2007 and released in 2008.

The style of MOONRISE is a blend of influences from bands like Genesis, Marillion and IQ with melodic AOR, producing atmospheric Neo Progressive rock that flows gently from start to end but in some tracks Lukasz also presents us a harder edge with some almost metalic touches, don't expect radical changes but the excellent guitar work and lush keyboards make of their debut album an interesting experience.

Sung in English the lyrics are based in the personal experience and feelings of the author, not the most complex in Prog scenario, but intelligent and coherent.

A good band for prog fans interested in the dreamy and ambiental side of Neo Prog with a hard edge that appears once in a while.

Olav Martin Bjřrnsen - Iván Melgar Morey





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3.43 | 34 ratings
The Lights of a Distant Bay
2008
3.57 | 58 ratings
Soul's Inner Pendulum
2009
3.74 | 33 ratings
Stopover-Life
2012

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 Soul's Inner Pendulum by MOONRISE album cover Studio Album, 2009
3.57 | 58 ratings

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Soul's Inner Pendulum
Moonrise Neo-Prog

Review by Warthur
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3 stars This is one for those of you who like the idea of taking neo-prog textures and compositional approaches (including guitar tones more than a little reminiscent of Marillion's Steve Rothery) and then making things mellow. Indeed, I suspect this album will prove to be rather polarising amongst listeners; there'll be some who find its laid-back, relaxing tone to be extremely pleasant, whilst others may find themselves bored and wondering when on Earth something is going to actually *happen* on these compositions. I didn't realise neo-prog bordered on new age relaxation music, but Moonrise seem to have found the dividing line between the two, and whilst I can appreciate that it is an interesting experiment in that respect I can't see myself returning to this album especially regularly.

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Review by apps79
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3 stars After his debut was warmly received, Kamil Konieczniak decided to work on a sophomore album, this time though forming a regular band.Lukasz Gall would be again part of the project, but only as a guest appearance on vocals.The new Moonrise, besides Konieczniak, officially consisted of Grzegorz Jakiel on drums, Dariusz Rybka on sax and an experienced Marcin Kruczek, who played guitar around the time with Mindfields and Nemezis.The new album, released again on Lynx in 2008, was entitled ''Soul's inner pendulum'', with Konieczniak handling all keyboards, bass and some guitar parts.

The formation of Moonrise had dramatically changed with the addition of the new members, the general style was not with Konieczniak being the main composer of the project.''Soul's inner pendulum'', exactly like ''The lights of a distant bay'' twists around the softer side of Progressive Rock, mixing the smooth Polish Neo Prog with spacey and orchestral overtones.The music remains well-crafted and quite calm with long GILMOUR-esque electric solos combined with delicate acoustic passages and Gall offering his always mature and emotional voice to the compositions.Plenty of atmospheric Mellotron parts and extended piano lines add the appropriate depth to the lyrical content, while the synthesizers have more of a cosmic and trippy feeling in a FLOYD-ian mood.The pieces are pretty easy-listening with lovely melodic lines, but rarely do they get off the ground for more bombastic and dynamic explosions.It kinds of remind of the music of MILLENIUM or even SATELLITE as Konieczniak's basic guides, drawing inspirationS that start from the atmospheric music of PINK FLOYD, flirt with the lyrical tendency of MARILLION and borrows the melodic part of modern Polish Progressive Rock.

A nice album for fans of atmospheric and melodic Neo Prog, that hides much more than you can listen at the first spin.Well-arranged and executed material, that works well both as background music and as a proper listening.Recommended.

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 The Lights of a Distant Bay by MOONRISE album cover Studio Album, 2008
3.43 | 34 ratings

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Moonrise Neo-Prog

Review by Matti
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4 stars Lately I've listened to a lot of Polish Neo-Prog (unbeatable combination: ProgArchives and YouTube!) and found a whole new world of good music. The word 'new' refers only to the fact that these several bands I'm hearing for the first time, not that the musical style would be anyhow unfamiliar to me. MOONRISE is a good example of it. It's melodic, clean-sounding and well produced Neo comparable to Hogarth-era MARILLION and PENDRAGON with the emphasis on keyboards and guitars. Like the reviewers before me have pointed out, this music is "safe" and easily pleases any friend of accessible and melodic Neo-Prog. There are no bad tracks at all, everything is, in a word, pleasant. The negative side of it is that it's not very original or deeply impressive; the delighted first impression probably loses its power as time passes. It's quite obvious that the world is crowded with gifted bands like these, even if one may never come across them without the helping hand of Internet.

The core of MOONRISE are multi-instrumentalist and composer Kamil Konieczniak and singer Lukasz Gall. In this debut album Kamil plays all the instruments, which is remarkable as the music doesn't suffer at all of instrumentally narrow or thin nature. Gall's voice is pleasant, it reminds me a bit of Kim Beacon on Tony Banks's A Curious Feeling. The compositions flow nicely and carry also extended lengths (7-10 minutes) without losing the touch. There's emotion but it never reaches pathos; for example IQ packs their music with much more drama. This is mellower. But that's just fine as I often enjoy mellow prog. So, this is a very recommendable band if you enjoy safe and clean Neo-Prog. 3˝ stars, rounded up for the good cover art and album length (53 minutes).

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Review by Kingsnake

5 stars This is the kind of prog music I really adore.

The overall atmospheric vibe is very pleasing and I really enjoy the voice of Lukasz Gall from Millenium (another Polish band).

The solos on guitar and saxophone are really outstanding and add a nice flavour to the music.

The main man of this band is Kamil Konieczniak, and he plays keys, guitars and bassguitar. He's the composer and musical director. He adds spacey synths and really knows how to write good songs.

Some may find the music a bit boring. But it's not meant to be a metal-album nor a heavy rock album. The key element of this band and this record is creating soundscapes and atmosphere.

It's not 100% neoprog, because some of the music is really accessible. But as he said: it's the atmosphere that counts. And it works totally.

You can compare some of the music to RPWL, Pink Floyd and even Tangerine Dream.

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 Stopover-Life by MOONRISE album cover Studio Album, 2012
3.74 | 33 ratings

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Review by robbob

4 stars A very solid work from this neo prog band from Poland

Poland seems to be now one of the most prolific countries of the neo prog...I understand why many british neo prog bands love to present concerts there.

Well their 3d album ...and the experience shows fruits ,the musical concept definition is accomplished : a very melodic ..romantic...light neo prog.

Beautiful melodies...nice vocals ..good instrumentation..good arrangements.

So I Feel this is the response to British neo prog bands that are in the line of this prog music....lets say....Marillion(Hogarth era first albums) and Jadis...maybe Riversea too.

So I had a pleasant listening to this album.

Four stars.

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3.57 | 58 ratings

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Review by b_olariu
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3 stars Moonrise from Poland and their second album from 2009 Soul's inner pendulum. Well what we have here is a melodic release with plenty of neo prog passages combined with crossover elements, the result is an ok album, but nothing more. The problem is that this album is to mellow for my taste, ok has some more edgy arrangements coming from the guitarist, who done a good job overall, but fail completly to impress me. To much time the passages sounds the same, the piece beggins mellow and slowly and then turns at the end of it in some guitar solo piece, not bad but far from being intresting. The neo prog atmosphere is present but is very accesible kind of neo, without complicated moves and arrangements. Overall the word decent is best I can describe this release, is ok most of the time, but far and I mean far from being an excellent album, the cover art is better then the music. 3 stars hardly.

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 The Lights of a Distant Bay by MOONRISE album cover Studio Album, 2008
3.43 | 34 ratings

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Review by apps79
Special Collaborator Neo Prog Team

3 stars Kamil Konieczniaka is a young multi-instrumentalist who comes from the city of Klucze near Krakow.MOONRISE is his solo project,where he only recruited Lukasz Gall on vocals.Guitars,bass,drums and keys are all played by Konieczniaka himself.His first output entitled ''The Lights of a Distant Bay'' was released in 2008 on Lynx Music.

STYLE: As many solo albums by multi-instrumentalists,this is generally a quite laid-back album full of easy-listening tunes and a good balance betewen instruments.I would call this particular style ''melodic soft Progressive Rock'',where atmosphere and melody come first,over any kind of complexity.Without being a virtuoso,Kamil succeds to perform well in a series of well-crafted compositions with deep atmospheric keys,fine rhythmic parts,some decent electric solos,while the bass/drums work remains rather unnoticed.The album contains extended instrumental parts of soft musicianship and singer Lukasz Gall seems the appropriate missing piece in the puzzle with his non-accented expressive voice.

INFLUENCES/SOUNDS LIKE: Kamil seems to have been influenced a lot by the local Polish prog scene,his work reminds me a lot of SATELLITE.Parts of the album have a new age OLDFIELD-ian touch,solos are in the vein of PINK FLOYD,where at times early MARILLION come also to mind.The heavier guitar parts sometimes evoke ARENA.

PLUS: Very balanced album with hardly any boring moments.Despite its calm atmosphere,the album contains many changing tempos and alternating atmospheres.Nice guitar work by Kamil in places and great vocal work by Lukasz Gall.

MINUS: No obvious weak points,but this is unfortunately very safe music with no risks at all and propably it won't satisfy a more adventurous listener.An evident lack of originality as well.

WILL APPEAL TO: ...those after modern Polish prog,Neo Progressive and anyone,who prefers his music with heavy atmospheric and melodic doses.

CONCLUSION: This is another one of these cases,where an album makes a really pleasant listening,but doesn't leaves any great impression at the end.Nice melodic music,but very far from a trully interesting release.3 stars.

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3.57 | 58 ratings

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Review by demolition man

4 stars As as already been mentioned in the bands summary, this is music that will undoubtedly please the neo-prop fans; lush guitar solos, melody to behold, with the end result that your mind can wonder off to places far away by musical influence. Sounds corny? Maybe yes, but it worked with Dark Side Of The Moon didn't it? Not a Pink Floyd but hopefully the reader can relate.

Just as with the debut album, (Lights From A Distant Bay) the musicianship is skilled with the focus on wonderful keyboards and guitars....the vocals are equally very pleasing yet distinct to the ear, sung in a beautiful English. The whole album is crafted to flow and it's a pity that it closes out after a shade under 1 hour. No fillers here.

Poland has yet again produced the goods in this genre. Quality music and dare I use that word "underrated"? However the music takes me to places in my mind i want to be at and it is that that gives me much personal satisfaction....just as Kamil Konieczniak intended no doubt.

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 The Lights of a Distant Bay by MOONRISE album cover Studio Album, 2008
3.43 | 34 ratings

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Review by beebs

3 stars I'm always quick to admire the work of a single musician to propel a CD project. As a keyboardist and project-recording wannabe, I listen with great care to work by artist like Mike Oldfield, Enigma (Michael Cretu), Hoggwash (and the various projects of Antony Kalugin), etc.

This is a very good first venture, and there can only be better things on the horizon for Moonrise. Kamil resists the urge to over-layer his sound, keeping it just sparse enough and uncluttered. Wish I could use his kind of restraint. I've seen many other solo artists (keyboardists in particular) who make their music too lush, too layered. There seems to be a great effort to make up for the lack of numbers in a project with 4 times as many instruments sounds.

Not the case here. The passages are well-thought, melodic and very listenable. Not much to make you jump out of your seat, but that's ok. It just gives him more room to spread his wings next time. He has the creative touch, and the production is just enough.

3.5 stars

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 The Lights of a Distant Bay by MOONRISE album cover Studio Album, 2008
3.43 | 34 ratings

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Review by erik neuteboom
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3 stars

This is a musical project by Polish multi-instrumentalist Kamil Konieczniak and singer Lukasz Galeziowskiejo, he owns that typical Polish melancholical undertone but his vocal contributions are very limited on this CD. The sound of Moonrise is firmly rooted in the realm of neo-progrock bands like IQ and Pendragon. The 8 compositions are very tastefully arranged with some strong breaks, lots of flowing shifting moods, a pleasant variety, a beautiful and modern keyboard sound and splendid guitarwork (from sensitive, fiery and howling runs to propulsive riffs). My favorite moments on this CD are the intense guitar sound and soaring keyboards in the opener The Island, the alternating Help Me I Can't Help Myself (intro with wonderful interplay between Grand piano and mellow keyboards and then strong work on guitar and keyboards), exciting guitarplay in In The Labyrinth Of The Dream, a spectacular break during Antidotum and a beautiful build-up with piano and keyboards to a compelling final part featuring howling guitar runs, goose bumps! I am sure this strong debut-CD will please many neo-progheads! My rating: 3,5 stars.

A personal note: this is my final review for PA



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