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4 stars An amazing debut shot from Krakow, Poland. FREN are a fresh quartet born in 2017, and finally this year they've launched the debut full-length creation titled "Where Do You Want Ghosts To Reside" that is what a meaningful phrase. They say they've been influenced by lots of progressive rock precursors, and combined various essence through inspiration. The weird sleeve pic gives you clear expectation, and the 'content' would be more enthusiastic than you expected, I guess. Apparent is not only being inspired by 70s progressive rock but also digesting and reconstructing for their originality.

You are going to be knocked out via the prologue "Twin Peaks" featuring brilliant mellotron and synthesizer architectures, as if they would take you to their dreamy world. The following "Surge" turns your mind over again, with guitar-oriented dramatic heaviness. This atmosphere reminds you like Dream Theater meet King Crimson (especially Fripp - Bruford - Wetton era). Such a theatrical sound basis with repetitive strategies accelerate your interest in a deep manner, and there are colourful symphonic variations here and there simultaneously. "Gorąca Linia" is a sort of catchy, delightful short story full of lyrical keyboard playing. (Honest to say, quite acceptable, my favourite).

"Pleonasm" has another appearance. Jazzy ensembles of a piano and drums, plus guitar in the latter phase, should impress you along with difference from the first three 'heavy' steps. Kaleidoscopic soundscape perfectly and smoothly performed can be enjoyed by plenty of art rock fans, without suspicion. Interesting is the fifth "Heavy Matter", quite eclectic stuff, mixed with jazz, heavy, symph, a tad metal (Neo-symph-ish texture can be felt, at least for me). The epilogue "Time To Take Stones Away" can be called as their complete compilation of musical styles. Magnificent sight for art rock is heard all over the masterpiece. Kinda decent epilogue of a fascinating debut opus.

Their instrumental technique is superb too, for a debut album. Therefore lots of progressive rock fans could be immersed in this departure, let me say.

DamoXt7942 | 4/5 |


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