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Founded in Leszno, Poland in 2005

RETROSPECTIVE is a progressive rock band formed in 2005 in Leszno, Poland. It started off with Robert KUSIK (drums) and Maciej KLIMEK (guitars). Shortly after, Alan SZCZEPANIAK (guitars) was introduced to the band during one of the rehearsals. His skills and passion for unconventional playing earned him a way in. In April 2005 the bassist was found - Lukasz MARSZALEK, a great fan of IRON MAIDEN's The Trooper. During theit first performances, then still under the bame HOLLOW, they met Beata LAGODA who took her place behind the keyboard. That's when HOLLOW's direction evolved, becoming more progressive, inspired by KING CRIMSON, DREAM THEATER, PINK FLOYD and Polish RIVERSIDE. In February 2006 the band found their singer, Jakub ROSZAK whose warm deep voice leaves a defining mark on the band's side, resulting in a sound somewhere inbetween RIVERSIDE and PEARL JAM.

After a 2006 demo and the 2007 Spectrum of the Green Morning EP, the band released their debut Stolen Thoughts in 2008, it's a concept album the growth of a child into adulthood the loss of imagination, innocence and carelessness that comes it.

Biography from band's website, edited by Bonnek

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RETROSPECTIVE top albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

3.87 | 35 ratings
Stolen Thoughts
2008
3.67 | 42 ratings
Lost In Perception
2012
3.58 | 51 ratings
Re:Search
2017
3.78 | 30 ratings
Latent Avidity
2019

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RETROSPECTIVE Boxset & Compilations (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

3.60 | 10 ratings
TEOTW (The End of their World)
2016

RETROSPECTIVE Official Singles, EPs, Fan Club & Promo (CD, EP/LP, MC, Digital Media Download)

4.10 | 21 ratings
Spectrum of the Green Morning
2007
0.00 | 0 ratings
Retrospekcje
2020

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3.78 | 30 ratings

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Review by alainPP

4 stars RETROSPECTIVE is a Polish group that started his musical activity in 2005, before passing through HOLLOW and desires to copy PINK FLOYD, ANATHEMA, RIVERSIDE and DREAM THEATER. RETROSPECTIVE work in a symphonic sound, metal, orchestral, finally the great prog metal as I was put the note in 2008 listening to "Stolen Thoughts". 4th, 5th album if you count their "single cover" of 2007, with a more gay, more air, more successful, more repetitive but less monolithic, more cheerful, more modern too. PAIN OF SALVATION, ANTIMATTER and PARADISE LOST come to me at different times give some singular sounds to disrupt the new auditor in seeking a clingy style to their skin; for insiders, these names will, I hope, give even more desire to listen and purchase.

"Time" for its progressive timed entry or New Age SF bringing "Still There" and a typical sound RETROSPECTIVE combining wonderfully with a digest of PARADISE LOST more prog, some ANATHEMA darker and a bit of PAIN OF SALVATION more calm, as their second specific time; an atmospheric air, mysterious, captivating, soothing air with nothing but intense voice Jakub. "Loneliness" and the voice of Beata in the preamble as "lead-singer" here, a bit like ANATHEMA did with Lee Douglas, a title more "dark-New Wave" peeping through the best and the best DEPECHE MODE PARADISE LOST, almost dancing title with a very present drums and riffs heady, spellbinding bringing a monotone solo, it's dark and clear, even a musical climax often brought up to date since the new decade. "The Seed Has Been Sown" returns with the voice of Jakub reminding me time singer PEARL JAM for delivered more tormented, alternative rock, gothic phrasing by now, a look even heady very syncopated, well paced, few keys TOOL from here and there, the guitar is very airy, low-battery basis giving a slow enough pace to a second part more "heavy" with fat riffs and plaintive guitar, a good progressive moment in itself, I can only do a similar atmosphere with PARADISE LOST here transcended by the longer solos and expressive Maciej. "Stop For a While" hand on a softer way, more air as piano at the start, a calm voice,

"In The Middle Of The Forest" from a partition to SIMPLE MINDS, when I was talking to air pop, there is! It's almost dancing, you feel the head move alone, a compliment in the extremely closed world of progressive rock if this is where everything is too internalized. The second partition on drift expressive phrasing, a solo THE CURE like those on "Disintegration" short ears attacking from all sides. "Programmed Fear" returns with a look a little more pop rock and some funky smells, the image that comes to mind is this nursing home photo with lil old progueux fighting suddenly group name, there they start dancing and singing in chorus rETROSPECTIVE, it warms the heart ... because it takes me back to my sentence worship "prog makes young"!

"What Will Be Next" closing the album with the longest piece and most successful; is at this point that we meet the phonic diversity of the group, there is pop, groove, some bluesy voice, dark-wave, of the depressive metal, melodic doom, atmospheric, guitars give into emotion, rhythmic base in the tortured and heavy sounds, staccato used giving more heaviness, under gravity thus achieving vibrating legs and head unexpectedly, a very good sign to the end with his didgeridoo to wake you from your prog trance.

Well, the fact RETROSPECTIVE RETROSPECTIVE, do not doubt! Only with time, their sounds are refined is to give the very substance marrow to their scores; no new drifts, no amplification of sound, just a rhythmic colorful, seasoned with purely atmospheric gay and dark atmospheres at once, all for a swim in a pleasant way in a dazzling smoothly. A great doom metal disc gay.

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3.78 | 30 ratings

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Review by BrufordFreak
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4 stars A nice return to form for these heavy proggers from Leszno (Poland). Like French band Children in Paradise (Dam Kat), they display a great command of how simple heavy prog can be. Plus they come up with great melodies.

1. "Intro" (0:49) atmospherics with clock ticking. (4.5/5)

2. "Still There" (6:07) great opening chord--sound and sequence. Vocals in verse and chorus are quite engaging. Nice guitar solo in the second and third minutes. Great background vocals and SAGA-like finale. (9.25/10)

3. "Loneliness" (5:13) another great opening with female lead vocal stepping in from the start. Jakub Roszak provides some awesome background and harmony vocals. Great FLOCK OF SEAGULLS guitar to support the bridge between the first two verses (which becomes the foundation for the chorus later). Great song design and construction. (8.75/10)

4. "The Seed Has Been Sown" (7:32) a song that takes some surprising twists and turns--turning more spacious just when you expect the power chords, vocals going artsy when you expect metal screams. The song final pulses with the expected heaviness during the "C" instrumental part in support of the guitar solo but then turns very quiet with pregnant latency for a brief delicate vocal before another soaring, emotional guitar solo takes us to the end. (13.5/15)

5. "Stop for a While" (5:53) opens with gravelly voice of Jakub Roszak singing plaintively with only the support of a piano. Spacious electric guitar notes take over for the second verse before the full band kicks in with something cool. Great drumming here! Synth washes and background vocals support the next verse as Jakub sings in a higher octave. I really love this more-spacious version of Retrospective! Final verses are sung with equal vocal weight given to Jakub and Beata. It's a love song! Nice! Great finish with synths, steady bass and drums and sensitive guitar solo followed by Jakub and Beata repeating their shared story once more. Beautiful! (9.25/10)

6. "In the Middle of the Forest" (6:50) solid SYLVAN/LIZARD-esque song. (13/15)

7. "Programmed Fear" (5:24) opens with a little VOTUM-like sound (guitar arpeggi) but the near-militaristic drumming is a bit off-putting. Again, excellent vocal work on all layers. (8.5/10)

8. "What Will Be Next?" (10:41) A good, solid, engaging heavy prog epic. Great vocal harmonies in the final couple minutes. Great finish! (17.5/20)

4.5 stars; a near-masterpiece of progressive rock on the heavy side. I swear: I'd rather listen to Retrospective than Riverside.

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3.58 | 51 ratings

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Review by BrufordFreak
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3 stars A Polish band that I stumbled upon with the amazing music in their free downloads offered from their initial EP debut release back in 2007, the band has, in my opinion, never quite lived up to the tremendous potential of those first songs. They are good, they are polished, they have a formula, but their sound production and creative ideas have not progressed commensurately. Nice to hear a strong female vocalist in the mix, and lead singer Jakub Roszak has the gift of a distinctive voice but it just hasn't been used to its potential--he does not let loose and impress like he did on "Regret and Frightened Child" and "Enemy World Vision."

01. Rest Another Time" (5:04) Standard heavy prog opening turns interesting when all but bass and drums drop out while Jakub sings. Nice vocal. I just wish the heavier sections would do more, present more subtleties and flourishes. Choral vocals in third minute. Best part of the song is the extended bass focus in the fourth minute followed by Jakub's long vocal notes and some nice keyboard support. More of this, please! (8/10)

02. "Right Way" (4:51) piano and synth open this one, before drums and bass join in (with a disco beat!) almost giving it a Post Rock feel. Nice to hear Beata's female voice in the background--and, later, being used in some lead capacity. Some nice melodic lead guitar in the fourth minute followed by Jakub finally stretching out his voice. (8/10)

03. "The End Of Their World" (4:49) Jakub's laughs over the crystalline keyboard and the following semi-growls make this song slightly better than a standard heavy rock emission. (8/10)

04. "Roller Coaster" (5:04) nice piano base with brushed drums over which Beata sings a relaxed lead while Jakub backs her. Unfortunately, the lead melody in the verse sections sounds like Lisa Stansfield or Des'ree. The choruses with Jakub's emotional lead are good. (8/10)

05. "Heaven Is Here" (5:44) high octave guitar arpeggio is used for the first 30 seconds to start and found the song. When Jakub starts to sing at the end of the first minute, his whispery warble sets up nicely over a simple rhythm section and synth wash base. Guitar arpeggi return to the mix at 1:45, and then Beata takes turns alternating lead and background with Jakub. Nice atmosphere if fairly simple. The song ultimately fails due to its development being too much like metal by numbers--again, the power chords are too straightforward, too predictable, too simple. (7.5./10)

06. "Look In The Mirror" (4:47) opens with drums, bass and piano providing the foundation before Jakub enters at 0:35. Amazing how similar his voice/singing style are to that of URIAH HEEP's first vocalist, David Byron. Nice guitar solo toward the end. (7/10)

07. "Last Breath" (4:23) starts out as perhaps the heaviest song on the album, more in the vein of the sound that this band started with. 90 seconds into the song and nothing very interesting has happened--and then Jakub does some talk semi-growling with his own background track as the music stutter steps, and, later, creates some space for a background tremolo guitar solo to flit around. Return to the heavier section. Again, I keep waiting, hoping for Jakub to do something extraordinary (as I know he can). (8/10)

08. "Standby" (4:19) rock backbeat with piano and guitar interplay creating a melodic weave before Jakub enters. Piano is the dominant chord and melody holder here. Beata takes over the lead for the chorus. Nice! I like this one! Nice piano work. She even gets the song's solo--with her piano. Nice! (8.5/10)

09. "The Wisest Man On Earth" (7:32) a long, slow development of foreboding sound builds and marches through all obstacles for four and a half minutes before it relents in lieu of a slower, more spacious and atmospheric section. Guitar solo in the fifth minute builds into something more in the seventh minute. The crescendo of sound in the final minute is great followed by a nice, long 15-second decay. Best song on the album! Dark, Gothic, heavy prog as it should be. Reminds me of the FIELDS OF THE NEPHILIM. (9/10)

Still so much unfulfilled potential. Take more risks! Be not afraid to experiment, to make mistakes!

3.5 stars; a well made, nice sounding contribution to the heavier side of progressive rock but recommended only to those with specific interests into the Heavy Prog or Gothic Prog subgenres.

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3.58 | 51 ratings

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Review by Windhawk
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4 stars Polish band RETROSPECTIVE was formed back in 2005, with Robert Kusik and Maciej Klimek as the principal members. they have since develop into a six man strong crew that now has one initial EP and three studio albums to their name. "Re:Search" is their most recent production, and was released in 2017 through German label Progressive Promotion Records.

On their third studio production, Polish band Retrospective create music rather far removed from what their band name might suggest. This is dark, atmospheric laden modern progressive rock with the occasional bite of progressive metal, explored in concise compositions of the kind that does have something of a "post something" feel to them in terms of mood and atmosphere. Fans of later day Riverside and those who tend to enjoy the material of bands such as Porcupine Tree and, at least to some extent, Muse, should take note of this band in general and this album in particular.

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Review by kev rowland
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4 stars It took four years from the debut for Polish Prog Metal act Retrospective to release their second, and then another five for this their third, so let's hope that they don't keep on this progression as I really don't want to wait for six years until the next one! There is a real mix of melody and metal combined with rock sensibilities and passion that makes this album stand out from many others within the genre. It is just about impossible to make a comparison with other bands, but possibly the closest would be Muse or Porcupine Tree, but even that's not fair on either band. One of the things that makes this album is the way that they have managed to bring so much space into the compositions, so much so that there are times when the instruments seem miles apart, as opposed to all being in the same room. This allows the listener to listen to the music as well as all the minute details of what everyone is doing.

This is real 'grown up' progressive music, that has so much to offer anyone who enjoys the genre. Good vocals, with all the lyrics in in strong English, this is album that deserves to be given full attention, as opposed to something being played in the background. I've lost track of the great Polish bands I've heard over the years, and only hope that these guys will gain the attention they deserve, as this is a goody.

 Stolen Thoughts by RETROSPECTIVE album cover Studio Album, 2008
3.87 | 35 ratings

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Retrospective Progressive Metal

Review by kev rowland
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4 stars This 2008 album was the debut from Polish group Retrospective, and is a concept about the growth of a child into adulthood, and the loss of imagination, innocence and carelessness that comes it. I was incredibly impressed with the follow-up 'Lost In Perception', which came out in 2012, but it has taken me a while to look backwards, and I am glad that I did. Musically they have been heavily inspired by their counterparts Riverside, yet there are also elements of Muse and Porcupine Tree in music that is often dark and mysterious. It is strange to think that there are two guitarists at play here, as it is all about bringing the right emotional content to the music as opposed to crunching out the riffs. Łukasz Marszałek on bass is also very much a key player to the band, as he underpins what is going on with wonderful counterpoint, while guitarists Maciej Klimek and Alan Szczepaniak are often matching him. The production on the drums of Robert Kusik is strong and clean, while keyboard player Beata Łagoda uses many different styles, switching to piano when it is the optimum time to do so.

So, the music is both powerful and emotional, and it needs a very special voice indeed to rise over this, and here there is the lustrous rich and edgy baritone of Jakub Roszak. Many singers cut through music like a knife, thin and powerful, reaching heights that many cannot imagine, while here Jakub is a thick carpet ? joined to the music beneath him, and with a power and breadth that cannot be contained. Will there ever be an end to the amazing prog bands coming out of Poland? I certainly hope not

 Spectrum of the Green Morning by RETROSPECTIVE album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 2007
4.10 | 21 ratings

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Spectrum of the Green Morning
Retrospective Progressive Metal

Review by lagos

5 stars this album is splendid in the vein of riverside , vocals texture almost the same but ( duda is so great with his voice ) , also , retrospective play in the same register , strong drums , powerful guitars ( less melodic than riverside ) but the fact is : real fusion with all the musicians to produce an great album ( like the 2 others ,but this is certainly the most influenced by riverside ); no weak points on their work , creativity & sound with impressive instrumentals so ,if you like riverside ; it's for you ,sure you enjoy with marvelous opus ; ps: the 2 others albums are great too but prefer this one , 5 stars for me ( even if i don't like put number on art creations ;;;;
 Lost In Perception by RETROSPECTIVE album cover Studio Album, 2012
3.67 | 42 ratings

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Retrospective Progressive Metal

Review by Windhawk
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4 stars Polish band RETROSPECTIVE started out back in 2005, formed by Robert Kusik and Maciej Klimek. Since then the band has expanded to a total of six members, and they now have one EP and two full length albums to their name. "Lost in Perception" is the most recent of these, and was released by the German label Progressive Promotion Records in the late fall of 2012.

Retrospective's second full length CD "Lost in Perception" is a production that should find favor amongst most with a taste for accessible, melodic progressive rock. Fans of bands like Porcupine Tree will perhaps be the main and key audience, although I suspect that quite a few followers of neo progressive rock might also find this disc to be a tantalizing and intriguing experience overall.

 Lost In Perception by RETROSPECTIVE album cover Studio Album, 2012
3.67 | 42 ratings

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Review by BrufordFreak
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3 stars This is a band that I had VERY high expectations for after falling under their spell with their first and second albums, 2007's EP, Spectrum of the Green Morning, and 2008's Stolen Thoughts, but this output is sorely disappointing. The music lacks any interesting development or emotional impact. There is plenty of solid heavy prog, each song seems to constantly threaten to explode, but they rarely do. Each vocal from veteran Jakub Roszak is often set up as the highlight of each song--and yet it is not: the vocals never sock you or rock you; instead they are full of unrealized potential energy and Roszak's EDDIE VEDDER/MARCO GLÜHMANN- imitative presence--yet nothing here approaches the power and spine-tingling, haunting vocals of either of Spectrum of the Green Morning's classics, "Enemy World Vision" or "Regret and Frightened Child"--both of which rival anything fellow countrymen and Heavy Prog brothers RIVERSIDE have ever done. (IMHO.) With repeated listens I have discovered many subtleties that might be considered indicative of 'progress,' 'development' or 'maturation' of the band, yet after four years I can't help but have hoped for more. More surprises, more twists, more shifts, more. Perhaps it's in the lyrics (to which, as always, I am oblivious).

Album high points: 2. "Huge Black Hole" (3:59) (8/10); 6. "Tomorrow Will Change" (6:19) (8/10), and; 9. "Swallow the Green Tones" (10:34) (8/10).

3.5 stars, rated down for being non-essential.

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Retrospective Progressive Metal

Review by kev rowland
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4 stars I don't know why it has taken these Polish proggers four years since 'Stolen Thoughts', but at last they are back with their new album. What we have here is a solid combination of prog rock, prog metal, classic rock and a host of other influences. Jakub Roszak has a very strong voice and can either drive a song along or be more reflective as on "Lunch" where he duets with Beata Łagoda. They mix Muse with Porcupine Tree in a way that is immediate and inviting to the proghead, while never losing any of the power and thrust of a hard rock band. They can slow it down or speed it up, yet always with the vocals at the heart of what they are doing.

In many ways this is a very mature piece of work, layered and thoughtful with strong production. This is yet another album that proves that prog music is very much alive and well in Poland, and luckily their website can be read by those who prefer English at www.retrospective.pl . Sheer class from beginning to end.

Thanks to kev rowland for the artist addition. and to Quinino for the last updates

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