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OPENSPACE is a Progressive Metal band from Wołomin, Poland. The band was assembled in early 2004 by the drummer Rafał SZULKOWSKI and brothers Robert and Marcin ZAHN on bass and guitar, respectively. All of the members shared a passion for different spectrums of progressive rock music, whether it was classics like YES, RUSH, PINK FLOYD or modern acts like PORCUPINE TREE and DREAM THEATER.
The band settled into a quintet formation for the release of their first demo "The Expanding Universe", but it wasn't until the release of their second demo, in 2006, that the band finally found their frontman and keyboard player Marcin KORZENIEWSKI. The quartet swiftly began working on their first full length release and January 2008 was when the band-titled debut finally saw the light of day! Four of the album's nine compositions were sung in English, four in Polish with an instrumental break between the two sections. The band followed up their debut album with their second record "Elementary Loss", released on October 1 2010.
If you enjoy Metal music with a clear understanding of Progressive Rock of the '70s then OPENSPACE is definitely an unexplored diamond waiting to be discovered!

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3.88 | 13 ratings

Openspace Progressive Metal

Review by kev rowland
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4 stars Openspace came together in Poland towards the end of 2003 with the core of Rafał Szulkowski (drums), Marcin Zahn (guitars) and Robert Zahn (bass). Over the next few years some other musicians came and went, then in February 2006 Marcin Korzeniewski joined on keyboards and vocals. After positive reviews for their demo recordings, they signed to Lynx Music who released this their debut in 2008. Although this contains the high level of melody and hooks that one has come to expect from Polish progressive bands, these are very much more into the prog metal end of the spectrum. But, they don't crunch like Threshold or have the delicacy and intricacy of Dream Theater: this is much more like a heavier version of Enchant. There are hooks aplenty, and although they come together like a well lubricated rock behemoth at times, there is also plenty of space within the music for emotion and vitality to shine through. They're also not afraid to mix up the keyboard sounds, so it can go from Hammond and Mellotron style through to something far more modern while the guitars can be gently picked, riffed, or take the lead with some soaring Gary Chandler style lines. They use piano when necessary, as well as fretless bass, as well as moving through musical styles, and it is this diversity of approach combined with some great melodies that makes this such an interesting and compelling piece of work.

They did release a follow-up album a few years later, but both Marcin and his brother Robert Zahn have left the band, so I'm not sure of their current status, which is a shame as this album showed some real promise.

Thanks to CCVP for the artist addition.

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