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PBII

Neo-Prog • Netherlands


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PBII was formed in 2008, as a continuation of Dutch outfit Plackband. Plackband members Tom van der Meulen (drums), Michel van Wassem (lead vocals, keyboards) and Ronald Brautigam (Guitars & backing vocals) wanted to expand and modernize the stylistic expressions previously explored with Plackband, and when they met bassist Harry den Hartog they encountered a fellow musician sharing their newfound musical visions: To create music inspired by acts like Frost* and Porcupine Tree, but also incorporating elements from jazz-rock and neo progressive symphonic rock.

PBII released their debut effort Plastic Soup on January 23rd 2010.

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3.68 | 35 ratings
Plastic Soup
2010
3.43 | 21 ratings
1000 Wishes
2013

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3.00 | 1 ratings
PBII@Boergerij.org
2011

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 1000 Wishes by PBII album cover Studio Album, 2013
3.43 | 21 ratings

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PBII Neo-Prog

Review by b_olariu
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3 stars PBII from Holland was formed around 2008 and is a continuation of what done another dutch band named Plackband. Second release of PBII named 1000 wishes is a good concept , a sad one I might say story, anyone intrested listen to the album, read the lyrics and find what is behind. Musicaly speaking this is something between neo prog with symphonic parts and grandious orchestrations as on an opera rock release there is even The Hague Youth Symphony Orchestra who give a great atmosphere overall.. This is a lenghty album with more the 70 min of music, lenghty oneses, shorter ones aswell, narration is present here and there to make even more real. Anyway the instrumental sections are more then ok, even great, such on A Perfect Day - an 11 min tune of the highest calibre. The voice aswell is perfect for such music, elaborated with great range. All in all a good band that is rather quite unnoticed in prog circles, both albums worth to be investigated. 3.5 stars for this second offer, good but not quite close to masterpice.

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 Plastic Soup by PBII album cover Studio Album, 2010
3.68 | 35 ratings

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PBII Neo-Prog

Review by Memo_anathemo

4 stars One night I was listening to a prog rock radio station in internet, and suddenly I heard a song which sounded really good to me, really neo prog sound. I checked the name and was expecting the name SATELLITE or PETER PAN on screen but it wasn't like that, what I saw was PB II. Unknown to me, I hurried to investigate a bit from the band and learnt they are from the Netherlands and indeed, they play neo progressive rock. I searched for the albums and found "Plastic Soup", when I listened to the album I was completely delighted to hear a band so consistent in their compositions, so creative and at the same time influenced by bands such as the ones I mentioned or even IQ and Marillion, somehow. The album is really nice to hear from beginning to end, such an excellent production, and gosh, let me tell you about the bass player Harry den Hartog, he's such prodigy, he plays amazingly his lines, it's one remarkable aspect of the album. For those who do not know this band and enjoy neo prog, this is definitely for you!

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 PBII@Boergerij.org by PBII album cover DVD/Video, 2011
3.00 | 1 ratings

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PBII Neo-Prog

Review by rdtprog
Collaborator Heavy Prog Team

— First review of this album —
3 stars PBII, what a terrible band name is Plackband II, don't know why they couldn't stick to this name. Here we have a DVD made in Netherlands to launch their CD "Plasctic Soup" released in 2010. So the concert is the complete presentation of that release. There is some cuts during the concert like there's were others songs played, i would have love to see songs from Plackband, but the band decided to put others tracks in the extras, one have nothing to do with prog rock and others are covers of Pink Floyd "Have A Cigar" with a John Jowitt struggling big time with the vocals, and "Here come the Flood" sing by John Mitchell who does a better job.

This band have been compared many times to Genesis, but the biggest influence seems for me to be Pallas with the guitars and the heavier parts. The compositions are rather good, not outstanding, apart for "Book of Changes", "Loneliness" and "Cradle to Cradle". "The Great Pacific Garbage Patch" represent clearly the environmental message of the album : "Plastic Pollution Kills"

The light show, the camera work and the surround 5.1 mix are very well done, and how nice to see a DVD by a neo prog band shot someplace else than Poland! In the extras, as i have mentioned, we get additional tracks, plus the video "Plastic Soup" who looks like a edited version of the "Great Pacific Garbage Patch". Also a montage of the show played at high speed, like all kind of documentary should be played to avoid boredness.

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 Plastic Soup by PBII album cover Studio Album, 2010
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PBII Neo-Prog

Review by Windhawk
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

4 stars Plastic Soup is the convincing debut effort by the seasoned musicians that make up PBII, a direct continuation of veteran Dutch act Plackband.

Their style of choice is probably best described as Neo-Progressive, but as many other artists exploring this sound in later years their musical canvas covers a somewhat broader territory than what some might associate this genre with. Lush, atmospheric symphonic backdrops and dreamy guitar soloing are central parts of the compositions explored, but spiced with hard and at times driving riffs, energetic soloing as well as mellower passages of a more ambient inspired nature. At times there's also room for textures with more of a psychedelic and space-oriented origin.

With the bass guitar given a prominent place in the mix and arrangements that at times remind of Golden Earring, blended with an overall style somewhere in between later day IQ and Porcupine Tree, PBII explore a contemporary variety of the neo progressive subset of the progressive rock universe, and deliver an overall solid effort on this occasion. A well made and well performed debut album overall.

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