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APRIL ETHEREAL is a progressive metal band from Warsaw, Poland consisting of Ira Paszyk (vocals), Jan Rajkow-Krzywicki (guitar, bass), Jerzy Rajkow-Krzywicki (guitar), Artur Rydczak (bass) and Jaroslaw Stanczyk (drums).

APRIL ETHEREAL was formed in April of 1996 originally called LEON from 1996-2000. They would record three demos "The Devil," "Leviathan" and "Silva."

In July of 2000, the band changed their name to APRIL ETHEREAL and recorded their debut album "Advent" in October. They signed a contract with Conquer Records in March of 2001 who released "Advent" in May.

They self released their second full length album "Al Azif" in 2004 and an EP "2005 AE" in 2005.

They disbanded on December 30, 2006. Jan and Jerzy went on to form another band, THESIS.


APRIL ETHEREAL is a dark progressive metal band heavily influenced by OPETH. They were approved by the Prog Metal Team and are recommended.

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April Ethereal Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

Review by kev rowland
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

— First review of this album —
3 stars At the time of recording the album, April Ethereal were a duo of brothers Jan and Jerzy Rajkow- Krzywicki, who originally formed the band as Leon in Tunis in 1996. They moved to Poland in 1999 and in 200 changed the name to April Ethereal and recorded and released 'Advent' before being signed by Conquer Records in London. The album is quite strange in that while it is obviously a death metal album in many respects, it also includes piano and acoustic guitar!

In fact there are passages when no sane person could imagine that the music he was listening to was by a band that could seriously threaten dandruff in the normal sense, let alone one that can be as brutal as these guys. What I particularly like is the way that they can be belting along and then suddenly it is all gentleness and light. Because of the dramatic shift in the music it places even more emphasis on the sheer heaviness of the band.

An interesting album in many respects that is not for the fainthearted. Visit the band's own interesting English version web site at or go to the label at

Originally appeared in Feedback #69, Aug 02


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