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VOTCHI

Heavy Prog • Czech Republic


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VOTCHI is a relatively young band formed in 1999 in Prague, Czech Republic. The current line-up is Petr KUTHEIL(vocals), Mirek MUZÍK(keyboards/vocals), Michal HLADUVKA & Marty SMEJKAL's guitars, Pavel BARTOS(bass), Tomas STLOUKOW on drums, and Libor BARTO's flute. VOTCHI can be considered a heavy prog band due to the URIAH HEEP-like approach blended with elements taken from GENESIS, JETHRO TULL and even DREAM THEATER. The band has performed live consistently over the years and has supported mainstays as Deep Purple, Whitesnake, Nazareth, Colosseum, and Heep.

VOTCHI has released 3 studio albums: 'Scary Woman' in 2002 followed by more mature 'Unicorn' in 2004 and their third, the highly interesting 'New Religion'. These Czech proggers show great skills with tight arrangements and are recommended to all heavy prog listeners of every age.

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New ReligionNew Religion
CD Baby 2008
Audio CD$9.09
Scary WomanScary Woman
CD Baby 2009
Audio CD$5.91
$17.24 (used)
UnicornUnicorn
CD Baby 2008
Audio CD$10.14
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  • Hard Rock Live on 21 Dec 2014
  • Votchi - CD Release Party on 24 Jan 2015
  • Hard Rock Live on 13 Mar 2015

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Scary woman
2002
4.00 | 5 ratings
Unicorn
2004
3.51 | 5 ratings
New religion
2008

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VOTCHI Reviews


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 New religion by VOTCHI album cover Studio Album, 2008
3.51 | 5 ratings

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New religion
Votchi Heavy Prog

Review by b_olariu
Prog Reviewer

3 stars Third album of this intristing band from Czech Republic, named New religion from 2008. Now this time they change direction, ok in a good way of course, they know bussines, but this time this album is a bit less intristing then Unicorn. Even in places is more towards metal, the Dream Theater influences are more obvious here, but aswell they keep the older formula on every track. Nice flute elements, a little less used like on Unicorn, but good for sure, the keyboards have now a more important role, some fantastic interplays between keyboards and guitar made from this album worth investigated. Very good is the openig track, New religion with grandious chorus and very good vocal arrangements, who by the way , were fantastic on Unicorn, I forgot to say it. Very good the voice of Petr Kutheil, from mellow to a more rough passages, he really did a great work. Another good album by this Votchi, they need more attention because they worth it, but this time only a 3 more like 3.5 star, still good but less strong then Unicorn, their best so far. A band to watch in the future because they know bussines in heavy prog zone. Both albums available at cdbaby so don't hesitate to have it because they worth.

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 Unicorn by VOTCHI album cover Studio Album, 2004
4.00 | 5 ratings

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Unicorn
Votchi Heavy Prog

Review by b_olariu
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4 stars Votchi is a relatively young band formed in 1999 in Prague, Czech Republic. Unicorn is their second album from 2004 and to me is their best from all 3 so far, the arrangemenst and the atmosphere is great, very '70's sound but with a new production make from this Votchi and specially this Unicorn to be a very solid album, I like it a lot. Every iece is a winner and show how good these guys are on each instrument they play. Votchi can be considered a heavy prog band due to the Uriah Heep -like approach blended with elements taken from Jethro Tull (Stand up ) period just listen to piece You'll Never Find Out , I swear this track is taken from Jethro Tull Stand up album and even Dream Theater, but only vague on this album. The band has performed live consistently over the years and has supported mainstays as Deep Purple, Whitesnake, Nazareth, Colosseum, and Heep. These Czech proggers show great skills with tight arrangements and are recommended to all heavy prog listeners of every age. 4 stars easy, one of the pleasent surprises coming from near my country Czech Republic in heavy prog realm, recommended , great album.

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 Unicorn by VOTCHI album cover Studio Album, 2004
4.00 | 5 ratings

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Unicorn
Votchi Heavy Prog

Review by Marty McFly
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4 stars My second tryout of Czech band Votchi is a happy one. Basically the same as their 2008 album, but not as refined, not as developed and interesting. However still good. Keyboards are here, same as flute, both are trying to do their best to attract listener and honestly, it works somehow.

First three tracks aren't so good, especially Searching but hopefully following one, Unicorn improves it and raises total score. Starting with "Mountain King" theme, continuing in Rock theme and adding some interesting sound twists, this is pleasant "remake".

However, even trying later on to improve it and quiet ending song Now is fine outro, there's difference between this and their latest. And even in contrast to other, similar albums it stands just for

4(-), even just isn't so bad. After all, this means very enjoyable album.

Not Czech lyrics / songs this time and album is about 10 minutes shorter. There is also Hard Rock sound at times, but the same can be applied for "New Religion". Wait for my review of "Scary Woman" to finish this reviewing trilogy.

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 New religion by VOTCHI album cover Studio Album, 2008
3.51 | 5 ratings

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Review by Marty McFly
Special Collaborator Errors and Omissions Team

4 stars Band Votchi is quite mixed bunch of various genres, styles, influences and sounds. It's from Czech R. which is quite strange, because I wasn't even aware that we have such bands here.

Rock, Metal, Jethro Tull like flute, chorals, everything is here. Rock vocals, eastern influences. The sing in English which helps foreigners to understand what the hell they sing about (but this is quite common in today's Czech work). It's incomparable, because this band uses "Anglo-Saxon" sound with some Czech elements (but I'm not so sure which ones).

In overall, songs are melodic, very complex with strong riffs and in general 'eavy sound. It's also keyboard dominated sound. Yes, conclusion is that this is very eclectic, Heavy sound and as such, this literally combines everything with everything.

There's no brass band music as far as I know.

4(+), even it's perfect, it's not as perfect as it could have been. But don't mind this, because this is just personal feeling.

There's also cover of Maria Magdalena, not bad, but nothing so interesting for me, as I hate the melody. There are three Czech tracks, I hope you will like our language too.

Lyrics of songs are mostly dreamy, magical and free. Yeah, free.

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