Progarchives, the progressive rock ultimate discography
Retrospective - iNtroVert CD (album) cover




Progressive Metal

3.67 | 24 ratings

From, the ultimate progressive rock music website

Prog Dog
3 stars This review marks my first exposure to this 6-piece progressive rock outfit hailing from the land of popes: Poland.

iNtrovErt is their new well-'polished' album (notice my pun- it wasn't deliberate). It is their fifth studio release, so clearly I'm late to the party.

It is an admirably solid and cohesively put-together album- a weighty collection of modern sounding songs, radiant with a dark, edgy and slick aura.

The band's main singer, Jakub Roszak, has a distinctive and masculine breathy vocal style. Adding to the richness of their sound, Beata Lagoda often pairs up with Jakob in a sort of dual-lead vocal singing style. Their voices lock together seamlessly, creating an awesome harmonic convergence of machismo and machisma. Beata also takes on lead singing duties and is the band's piano and keyboard player.

Compositionally I find it delightfully unpredictable, avoiding clichés, but still sounding mainstream and approachable. They are kind of Pink Floyd-y in parts, but with a more modern blend of soft metal/ hard rock and metal sound. Maybe some other comparisons could include glimpses of Muse, Rammstein and Porcupine Tree.

The album is not a bumpy or herky-jerky ride. If you prefer your prog moderate (without too many complexities in key or time signature changes) you've found your band. They keep the songs on an even keel and pumping. Generally they have a spacious sound: tasteful, big and melody-driven. There are broad and wide atmospherics throughout. The guitars and bass are tight and restrained but do move to the fore to shine in spots with some wicked broad-stroke guitar solos for example, and trench-digging bass riffs.

iNtroVert is actually quite danceable, even slow sexy danceable at times. There's some deep gyrating grooves in the track called Away.

Some of Retrospect are Coldplay fans, and one of the refreshing things I like about the album is the use of straight-up acoustic piano throughout (as well as synths) and Beata, the only woman in the band, is behind that solid presence throughout. This also makes the band primed for stadium rock shows. They are currently rehearsing for dates in Europe to promote Introvert.

(Also worth mentioning for the interest of others who still collect CDs and LPs: the CD packaging is awesome: generous with a lyrics booklet and excellent original artwork throughout).

The lyrics are timely in a brooding way, given the current state of the world- and I get from them a sense of struggling through the chaos of modern life and yearning for a grounded and palpable sense of what's real vs. what's fake- searching for silence amid the noise.

Prog Dog | 3/5 |


As a registered member (register here if not), you can post rating/reviews (& edit later), comments reviews and submit new albums.

You are not logged, please complete authentication before continuing (use forum credentials).

Forum user
Forum password

Share this RETROSPECTIVE review

Social review comments () BETA

Review related links

Copyright Prog Archives, All rights reserved. | Legal Notice | Privacy Policy | Advertise | RSS + syndications

Other sites in the MAC network: — jazz music reviews and archives | — metal music reviews and archives

Donate monthly and keep PA fast-loading and ad-free forever.