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ART OF ILLUSION

Progressive Metal • Poland


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The band was formed in 2002 in Bydgoszcz and from the beginning of its activity it performed complex progrock compositions combined with sharper heavy metal sound. The group is a quartet of instrumentalists (but it has cooperated also with different vocalists), known also from other projects such as HOLOGRAM, PLOTNICKY, YESTERNIGHT, FRACTAL MIND or PIANOMATYK.

In 2014 they released their first album ''Round Square of The Triangle''. It is an effect of many years of work of the band members ? Filip WISNIEWSKI (guitars), Pawel LAPUC 'Pianomatyk' (piano, keyboards), Mateusz WISNIEWSKI (bass) and Kamil KLUCSZYNSKI (drums). Moreover, vocals by Marcin WALCZAK appear in 3 songs. Besides, as a guest appearance you can hear the flute by Emilia MIELEWCZYK, and a baritone saxophone solo by Tomasz GLAZIK, who plays also in the Polish popular alternative band KULT.

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3.86 | 7 ratings
Round Square of The Triangle
2014
3.71 | 9 ratings
Cold War of Solipsism
2018

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Devious Savior
2017

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Art of Illusion Progressive Metal

Review by kev rowland
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4 stars Art of Illusion are a Polish prog metal act who are new to me, but this is their second album, released at the beginning of 2018 (following up on 'Round Square of the Triangle" which was released in 2014). The quintet are Marcin Walczak (vocal, choirs), Filip Wiśniewski (guitars), Paweł Łapuć (keyboards, piano), Mateusz Wiśniewski (bass), Kamil Kluczyński (drums, choirs) and I am amazed that I have not previously come across either the band or any of the individuals as this is quite some album. There are some similarities with fellow Polish band Riverside, but I think what really makes this album for me are the changes in tempo and the twists and turns which allows them to bring in elements that are quite deliberately off-key, creating discord that then returns to harmony.

There is a high use of piano, which adds a different feel to the more keyboard oriented bands in the genre, while the bass is also used as a lead melody instrument at times which definitely adds to the complexity as Mateusz uses many different styles, not content with just providing a backbone. Kamil is also an incredibly complex drummer, certainly not settling into any particular style or form for very long, ensuring that there is a different feel being provided into different areas of songs. As for the guitar, Filip may shred, or be restrained, or riff, or bring in an acoustic and pick that if the mood is right, and then at the front is Marcin. Vocally this is all about control, in a more baritone style than many, and there is a deliberate contrast between what he is doing and what is happening underneath, so long drawn out notes from the vocals are underpinned by complex arpeggios being played at great speed on either guitar or piano.

This is an incredibly exciting and refreshing album, and ones that fans or prog rock that stray into metal territory at times, surely need to hear. Available on self-released CD, the band have also put it up on Bandcamp so give it a listen.

Thanks to aapatsos for the artist addition.

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