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BRAIN CONNECT

Neo-Prog • Poland


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BRAIN CONNECT have been founded in 2005 as a Polish Zawiercie-based rock quartet by Jan MITORAJ (guitars), Marcin SZLACHTA (bass, synthesizers), Przemysław CAŁUS (drums, percussion), and Krzysztof WALCZYK (piano, Hammond organ, synthesizers, vocoder). Their debut mini album "Get On Time" has been released in 2010 ... vigorously they have gigged in Warsaw and so on, and the first full album "Think Different", that can be listened to also upon their bandcamp page, saw the light upon September 21, 2015, finally.

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3.76 | 12 ratings
Think Different
2015

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Handmade
2007
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Get On Time
2010
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This Shit's Got To Go!
2012

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 This Shit's Got To Go! by BRAIN CONNECT album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 2012
3.00 | 2 ratings

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This Shit's Got To Go!
Brain Connect Neo-Prog

Review by patrickq
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3 stars This Shit's Got To Go! is a single containing the songs "Eridanus" and Prognose." Both songs were later released on the CD Think Different.

Both songs are homages to prog rock, referencing heavy prog and prog-metal groups like Dream Theater and Porcupine Tree (both of which the band cites on the This Shit's Got To Go! bandcamp page). "Eridanus" opens with staccato guitar chords reminiscent the part Peter Banks plays on the fade-in to "Astral Traveller" by Yes, over which a clean solo guitar plays in a style similar to Alex Lifeson on Rush's "YYZ." "Eridanus" moves through a series of movements, varying between heavy prog and prog-metal, with some fusion-inspired lead guitar work - - until the final minute, when a saxophone appears! It makes sense, though, as it might in a King Crimson or Van Der Graaf Generator song.

"Prognose" is a different song, but cut from the same cloth. Its brief intro, which reminds me of Premiata Forneria Marconi, gives way to an upbeat, athletic fusion section which devolves into a brief Rush-like interlude before moving back into fusion territory, this time with a basis reminding me of Emerson, Lake, and Palmer. By 3:40, "Prognose" has moved into slightly more subdued territory, with more direction taken from the keyboards, then the bass. The guitar reasserts itself in the closing section, which is a nice recapitulation of the main theme.

I'm not sure that Brain Connect is still active; their YouTube page has videos recorded as recently as September 2017, but this seems like a band that might take its time between releases. Anyway, that page (youtube user TheBrainConnect) contains a cool video called "Making of Brain Connect's EP This Shit's Got To Go!," which contains a few minutes of "Eridanus."

Given the similarities between "Eridanus" and "Prognose," I'm also not sure what I'd think of an hourlong album by Brain Collect (I haven't heard the rest of Think Different), but the thirteen-and-a-half-minute This Shit's Got To Go! is good. It's well composed, well performed, and well produced. While neo-prog fans will probably enjoy this, I'd also recommend This Shit's Got To Go! to fans of "heavy prog" bands like Porcupine Tree and Rush.

 Think Different by BRAIN CONNECT album cover Studio Album, 2015
3.76 | 12 ratings

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Think Different
Brain Connect Neo-Prog

Review by wiz_d_kidd

4 stars PA lists this band as Neo Prog, but I find them to be straddling the line between full-on prog and jazz/rock fusion. Indeed, their own characterization (from Bandcamp) has them tagged as experimental, hard rock, jazz fusion, progressive rock, ambient, art rock, instrumental, jazz rock, progressive metal, and Poland! Interestingly, I can find elements of all of those genre's on this fabulous gem of an album!

The album consists of 8 tracks spanning more than 66 minutes. Two of the tracks, Prognose and Eridanus, were previously released as an EP entitled "This Shit's Got to Go". It took another 3-1/2 years before the full LP was released.

I find this album to have a wonderful balance of musical elements. Guitar, keyboards, bass, drums, and saxophone all shine in the multispectral prog spotlight. At times, the guitarist, Jan Mitora, is reminiscent of David Gilmore. Other times, he sounds like Pat Metheny. Reportedly playing an Ibanez S2540 NT, an Aria Pro II semi-hollow, and an electro-acoustic Cort SJ-7X -- he is highly skilled and captivating. The keyboardist, Krzysztof Walczyk, plays Hammond organ, piano, and a variety of synths. Nearly hidden among the jazzier and classically influenced keyboard passages, you'll hear elements of Klaus Schulz and Tangerine Dream. On track 5 (Eridanus) you'll hear their guest saxophonist, Michał Szafraniec, channeling Didier Malherbe in a wonderful solo near the end of the piece.

Aside from the spoken words ("This Shit's Got to go") at the very end of Eridanus, there are no vocals. With ample groove, elements of surprise, and a strong sense of forward-leaning composition, there is no need for vocals in this work. It ranks a strong 4 stars in my book. Listen and purchase on Bandcamp!

Thanks to DamoXt7942 for the artist addition.

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