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kev rowland
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4 stars I am pretty sure that if you asked the average proghead who is the best band in Poland, even though there are a great many vying for attention, the answer would be Riverside. Now, that is understandable given the quality of their albums, especially the early ones, but what many will not know is that in 2003, the year Riverside released their debut, the band Collage called it a day. At that point they had not released an album since 1996, and one of their four releases had actually been a covers album (their take on songs by John Lennon), but the two either side of that, 'Baśnie' and 'Moonshine' are masterpieces. Fortunately for me I was/am close friends with Artur Chachlowski who furnished me with the albums, and I was blown away and was really upset when they broke up as they still had yet to be recognised for their true worth.

Apparently Collage reformed in 2013, and now only nine years later they produced their fifth album, just 26 years on from the last one. Krzysztof Palczewski (synthesizers), Piotr Mintay Witkowski (bass) and Wojtek Szadkowski (drums & percussion) are still there, while vocals are now handled by Bartosz Kossowicz with Michał Kirmuć on electric & acoustic guitars. It is somewhat strange to see Collage without Mirek Gil, but they had been through a few different singers. Mirek may not be there anymore, but in some ways, it is as if they have never been away. They were always influenced by classic Marillion-style neo prog, and I had to smile when I realised Steve Hogarth has guested on one track, giving the full stamp of approval.

This is an album designed to make neo proggers incredibly happy, five songs, total running time of just under an hour with a couple of nice lengthy numbers including the opening title cut which is more than 20 minutes long. I am sure there are many who will say this is looking backwards instead of forwards, but I am actually quite happy with that ? the underground scene of the 90's when it was difficult to discover anything about the genre was very special in some ways, and it was this which meant that Collage never gained the acclaim they deserved. Well, they are back, and hopefully this album will find them gain many new fans who will also then look back at their earlier albums and wonder why they never came across them before this. Welcome back guys don't leave it so long until the next one.

kev rowland | 4/5 |


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