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Very little is known about the Polish 5-piece called MINDFIELDS, since they had no official website other than their myspace, which in turn gives little away regarding how the band actually came into existence. However we do know that MINDFIELDS shared musicians with three other excellent Polish bands.

The drummer Tomasz Paśko also plays drums with the prolific Neo Prog outfit MILLENIUM, and guitarist Marcin Kruczek currently plays with another fine Neo Prog band MOONRISE, who also have links to MILLENIUM via the use of that band's front man Lukasz Gall as guest vocalist on their first two albums.

Marcin Kruczek was also originally the guitarist with another Polish Neo Prog band NEMEZIS, which started way back in 1996, but disbanded before they could get any music recorded. Marcin subsequently refreshed and re-record the compositions, and put together a new NEMEZIS line up in 2008 so that the long-mothballed album could finally be released on the Lynx Music label later that year.

MINDFIELDS was therefore probably just assembled a one-off side project by artists belonging to these other Polish bands and their musician friends - the end result was certainly a very fine album, and easily comparable with the excellent melodic Neo Prog of the two established and ongoing bands MOONRISE and MILLENIUM. (NEMEZIS too was seemingly just a one-off project, albeit also a very fine one indeed).

Check their 7-track 'ONE' album out - it was released (again by Lynx Music) in 2007, and if you are a fan of Polish Neo Prog in general, then you certainly won't be disappointed with this. A shade under fifty minutes of first-rate 'Art Rock'!

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4.02 | 15 ratings
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2008

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Review by Tarcisio Moura
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4 stars Excellent debut by this new band from Polland. Their sound is basicly classic symphonic sound of the 70┤s with some wonderful retro keuboards with many elements found iin other neo prog groups (like dramatic and convincing vocals and emotional and melodic guitars solos). Mindfields shows they are not only terrific musicians, but also quite mature songwriters. Even if the CD is a bit too short for my taste, what they deliver is pure gold (probably with the exception of the last track, which is good, but could be better).

One consists of five ┤proper┤ songs, plues 3 small acoustic tracks that work as interludes linking one theme with the other. Production here is top notch and the mixing is very good. Musically they sound like no one else really, and still they belong from a tradition of other great polish prog bands: you can hear echoes of Collage, Satellite and Quidam, as well as hints from classic bands like Yes, Genesis, Marillion and, specially, Pink Floyd. There are also some more modern influences here and there, like the almost progmetal riffs of Learning To Live. The arrangements are tasteful, the playing is solid.

My personal favorite is the powerful Nobody┤s Dream: great slow start with grand piano and vocals that builds up through its 11 minutes until it explodes with one of the most beautiful and moving guitar solos I┤ve ever heard in a long, long time. This song alone is worth the price of the CD. Fortunaltly there is a lot more. The opener In This Life is another terrific epic that wil please both symphonic and neo prog lovers. The only fault I can find in this entire CD is the fact that, at 49 minutes, it ends too fast. I just can┤t have enough of it.

Conclusion: one of the best debut albums I heard from any band, past of present. Very strong stuff that promises a great future for these polish guys. Final rating: 4,5 stars.

Highly recommended! .

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Review by progrules
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4 stars I was both surprised and pleased to see this band added to PA because I know them for several months now and was actually a bit frustrated because they were not on our site so I couldn't review this excellent album. First time I heard the album I was blown away really to here such a high talented band I never heard of before. That was on itself not strange because this is their only album so far and it's from last year so that explains. In fact I'm also surprised the teams decided to place them in the symphonic subgenre because this is more right in between prog metal and heavy prog with just some neo/symph leanings. Never mind, the most important thing is they are included now.

The album starts with a cracking opening song In this Life which is a proof of my statement about subgenres. This is extremely melodic prog with lots of heavy elements but also many quiet moments. These moments have that special feel that only Polish bands can produce it seems: piano, synthesizer and strings doing a great job here but also electric guitar and the other usual instruments are top of the bill. 4,5*.

Second short track is more of an interlude with a theme (acoustic guitar) that will keep coming back throughout the album. This time it's called Rain which is ambient when you listen. 3,75*.

Ready to Live is even much more prog metal than the opening song with prominent heavy guitar setting the tone for this second captivating song. It's amazing how naturally these guys succeed in combining the heavy stuff with quiet moments, sheer genius. Amazing guitar solo around 6:00 by the way. 4,75*.

Sunrise is the second interlude and is more of a song than Rain, though almost equally short. Lovely acoustic guitar. 4*.

Home is more of the huge level of first and third song, this time with keyboards in the front line. Another brilliant track with lots of variation, just slightly less than the other two. 4,25*

Farewell Tears is the 3rd short one, like I said all with the same recognizable little theme. Footsteps through pebbles accompany the track. 3,75*.

Nobody's Dream is the song where the band proves the other near masterpiece tracks were no coincidence. Beautiful piano opens the track followed by sensitive vocals. After two minutes the first terrific guitar solo sets in. Then the vocals return followed by an atmospheric key passage halfway. This seems like a small set back but in fact it's meant as build up for a grand finale of this song: several instruments alternate before the superb electric guitar rounds things of. Last four minutes of this masterpiece track are simply amazing. This one is probably the best of them all, even slightly better than Ready to Live. 4,75%.

Somewhere Between is the least of the longer songs ruining the last bit of chance for the maximal rating. But that's also because the rest is tremendous. Still there's some great acoustic guitar and piano to enjoy. It's more like the ballad of the album you might say. 3,5*.

So I already gave away my final rating there, it will have to be 4 stars although I was tempted to give 5 really. Therefore I wouldn't hesitate if I were you. If you like a superbly melodic band that made an album that is right in the middle of the 4 subgenres I mentioned (prog metal 40%, neo prog 25%, heavy prog 25% and symphonic prog 10%) I'd say go for this one. 4,5* is the right score.

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