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Czech prog enthusiasts JESETER come from Ostrava and were found in 2005, led by guitarist Jan GAJDICA and keyboardist Robert HEJDUK (replacing David STRAKA, who stayed with the band for a while), originally playing covers of their favorite band Yes. At the time of their debut - "Slavnost Pro Jednoho" (2007) - though, they had already started writing compositions based on their own ideas. In 2009 drummer Viktor DORICAK left the band and he was replaced by Lukas KREJCI.Three years later JESETER returned with a more ambitious album, entitled "Promena" and highlighted by the impressive 20-min. title track. This is definitely a band to keep an eye on, especially if Neo / Symphonic Progressive Rock is among your major preferences.

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3.47 | 15 ratings
Slavnost pro jednoho (Celebration For One)
3.96 | 26 ratings
Promena (Transformation)
3.80 | 15 ratings

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 Slavnost pro jednoho (Celebration For One) by JESETER album cover Studio Album, 2007
3.47 | 15 ratings

Slavnost pro jednoho (Celebration For One)
Jeseter Neo-Prog

Review by apps79
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3 stars A band from Ostrava, trying to keep the long tradition of Czechoslocakian Prog alive.Formed in 2005 by singer David Tobiasz, basist Martin Simicek, keyboardist Robert Hejduk, guitarist Jan Gajdica and drummer Viktor Doricak, they started primarly as a Yes cover band, but they decided soon to write their own material.The result of their efforts becomes reality in 2007, when they released their first, self-produced CD ''Slavnost Pro Jednoho''.

In this first album the band displays a nice collection of vintage influences, mainly performed under a heavy atmosphere, but the one thing that trully becomes clear is that Jeseter show big respect for the old scene of their country, singing in Czech and adding a personal aspect in their music.The bulk of the presented compositions are long and interesting, there are strong influences by SBB, OTA PETRINA and PROGRES 2 in an album, which comes as a mix of Heavy Rock with discreet psychedelic and more apparent symphonic and Fusion orientations.Their retro character comes in evidence not only through singing in Czech but also through using analog keyboards, as the album contains a good bunch of 70's armor like Mellotron, Hammond organ and electric piano alongside the flashy synthesizers.The powerful guitar is the basic reason of a more modern approach.Soundwise the pieces are quite great with numerous shifting climates and a good balance between rhythmic and atmospheric parts, featuring a great vocalist and rich executions.Guitar/organ-driven grooves and melancholic, symphonic interludes end up in technical, jazzy interplays or guitar solos and acoustic moments.Music is tight and well-composed with spacey performances, pounding Heavy Rock attacks and elaborate, Classical-drenched instrumentals.And the presence of the flashy keyboards and the more straight guitar plays even burst a light, symphonic-flavored Neo character for a band, which never forgets to rock with a couple of nice rockers setting up a more cheerful mood.

They started as a Yes-influenced band, but Jeseter present a more original sound in their debut, mostly influenced by the old scene of Czechoslovakia with the appropriate influences from Heavy, Symphonic and Psychedelic/Space Rock.Pretty good and recommended album.

 Promena (Transformation) by JESETER album cover Studio Album, 2012
3.96 | 26 ratings

Promena (Transformation)
Jeseter Neo-Prog

Review by Warthur
Prog Reviewer

4 stars Jeseter's Promena finds the Czech group adopting a sound highly reminiscent of early neo- prog, particularly early work by the likes of IQ or The Lens, filtered through musicians steeped in the Czech prog scene and its traditions dating back to Czechoslovakian days and the prime of groups like Blue Effect. Robert Hejduk's synthesiser work, in particular, puts me in mind of Martin Orford's work on IQ's Tales From the Lush Attic or The Lens's A Word In Your Eye. If you want a breathtaking work of staggering originality which completely rewrites the prog rulebook, this certainly isn't it, but if you want to hear skilled prog musicians paying tribute to their influences you aren't going to be disappointed here.
 Promena (Transformation) by JESETER album cover Studio Album, 2012
3.96 | 26 ratings

Promena (Transformation)
Jeseter Neo-Prog

Review by TKristyna

4 stars This opus appears as a regular revelation to me, because I fell in love with the Czech progressive rock music scene. Bands such as Synkopy with Oldřich Veselý or Blue Effect with one of the best Czechoslovakian instrumentalists, guitarist Radim Hladík, these are what Jeseter reminds me, which has been meant as a compliment, of course.

Czechoslovakia was full of great talents, but the political system wasn't pleasant to young artists with inspirations from the US & the whole West at all. So now, when the country is completely free, the great bands from late 60s and 70s have their own followers, including Jeseter from Ostrava. Jeseter's music could sound a bit conventional, the roots of early neo-prog are really strong anyway, but there is something very special about their lyrics - the result of longtime work of Jeseter's lead vocalist Tobi - and also about the precise guitar work of Jan Gajdica, the composer of all Jeseter's tracks. As he often says, progressive rock would be nothing without a volume pedal, which is also pretty obvious from this record. Gajdica and the volume pedal make together an inseparable unit, which keeps their music very neo-proggish, as well as Robert Hejduk's touching keyboard sound. And the list could go on and on... Just count everything you like about this album and you'll get a suprising outcome - this album is an epic MASTERPIECE of the 00s neo-prog genre. Greatness, greatness and greatness again. The whole life in one album. And possibly one album in the whole life - even fifty thousand listens aren't enough for Jeseter and 'Proměna'.

Simply a breathtaking album. Czech prog at its finest.

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