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Polish band LOVE DE VICE was formed in 2007, initially sporting the moniker Playfinger. The core of the initial band, friends who had played together since 1993, consisted of Andrzej Archanowicz (guitars, vocals), Tomasz Kudelski (drums) and Robert Pelka (bass, vocals). For this new venture they were joined by Robert Wieczorek (guitars) and Krzysztof Slaby (keyboards). When they started recording material in 2008 it soon became clear that a vocalist was needed, which is when Pawel Granecki (vocals) joined, and soon after the band left their initial moniker Playfinger behind and decided to continue as Love De Vice.

The summer of 2009 saw the band releasing their debut album "Dreamland". The album was a fairly successful venture and Love De Vice began to get quite a lot of attention. Plans for recording new material were quickly sketched up and executed, but it would turn out that matters weren't to progress in the manner the band hoped. Keyboardist Slaby was preoccupied with personal issues, and due to that Jacek Melnicki helped out in the keyboards department. Some guest musicians became involved in the recording sessions too: Michal Jelonek (violin), Tomasz Osiecki (sitar) and Korean drum duo Meart. Towards the end of 2010 their second album "Numaterial" was finally ready to be released, and was met with critical acclaim upon it's release.

Love De Vice didn't wait long before preparing material for their next album, the composing process well in action already in January 2011. But between live gigs, the band is an active performing unit, and other happenings, the obligatory line-up alterations most bands experience were to befall this band as well. Keyboardist Slaby left in the summer of 2011, and was replaced by Jacek Melnicki. The late summer of 2011 also saw Robert Wieczorek leave, Love De Vice continuing as a five man strong unit since then with vocalist Pawel Granecki expanding his input to include rhythm guitar.

While their third album is still in production, the initial tentative release year of 2011 now rescheduled to 2013, fans of his fine Polish band have been given a glimpse of what to expect for the future. Towards the end of 2011 they performed at a concert in Katowice, a performance captured and subsequently released on DVD by Polish record label Metal Mind Productions. A total of six new compositions planned for inclusion on their forthcoming studio album made up the majority of this concert, an event that also showcase...
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 Silesian Night 11.11.11 by LOVE DE VICE album cover DVD/Video, 2012
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Silesian Night 11.11.11
Love De Vice Crossover Prog

Review by Easy Livin
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4 stars A nice surprise from Silesia

Skipping quickly past the rather misleading band name, this DVD of a performance by Love De Vice in 2011 represents something of a pleasant surprise. Recorded on the 11th November 2011 (11/11/11) in Katowice, Poland, the title refers to that city's location in the historic Polish/German/Czech region of Silesia.

Since their 2010 "Numaterial" album, keyboard player Jacek Melnicki has been promoted from guest to full band member, replacing Krzysztof Slaby in that role. Although they have released two albums to date, the songs performed here are largely new, intended for a forthcoming album.

Overall, the DVD has a very prog feel, drawing in diverse influences from bands such as Pink Floyd, Genesis, King Crimson, Deep Purple (of which more later) and of course the band's peers such as Believe, Osada Vida, Riverside, etc., from their native Poland. The sound centres around the rich emotive vocals and superb lead guitar of Andrzej Archanowicz who is very much the leader and front man.

The songs are generally long, with complex arrangements complemented by a relaxed approach. The addition of cello played by National Philharmonic musician Mateusz Szmyt and dilruba (a variation of the Hindu sitar played with a bow) played by Tomasz "Ragaboy" Osiecki adds welcome additional colours and moods to some of the songs.

Also included is a cover of Deep Purple's "When a blind man cries". The term adaptation would be more appropriate really, as the band develop the original themes superbly, adding their own identity to an old favourite. Both of the older songs, "With you now" and "Letter in A minor" are taken from the "Numaterial" album, the latter being the epic masterpiece that closes both that album and this gig.

Although the songs are sung in English, the narrative between the songs is spoken in Polish. Helpfully however for those from other parts, sub-titles are added in English. I get the impression that Love De Vice were not the headline act on the night as the audience, while receptive and polite, seem relatively restrained and the running time is around an hour and a quarter.

Looking at the technical aspects, the concert was recorded by Metal Mind Productions, so it goes without saying that the quality of the production, recording and editing is superb throughout. The sound is available in both 2.0 and 5.1 surround. Extras on the DVD include an interview with two members of the band, plus the usual discography, photos, etc. Also included is a video clip of "Foggy future", a song from the début album "Dreamland".

In summary, a remarkably enjoyable DVD containing a style of prog that seems at odds with the band's name. I would not hesitate to recommend the music here to those who seek high quality melodic prog.

Thanks to windhawk for the artist addition.

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