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Peter Matuchniak


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2.98 | 5 ratings

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4 stars Soft and Classy Prog Related release

reviewers in sites as our's are sometimes hard with PETER MATUCHNIAK releases, mostly because they expect a full Progressive album, but this is Prog Related and we should expect something different. His style of music isn't the most complex in the market,but complexity isn't a goal to achieve "per se", it's good when it's the natural consequence of the composition, and not something to be expected in every album.

In Destiny he blends different styles from Prog, Blues Based Rock, Soft Jazz to some sort of vocal Pop, but the music is coherent and good?.Which the only thing that matters.

I've never been a fan of extremes, don't like ultra-complex Prog which I call "complexity for the sake of complexity" but neither I like extremely basic music that tells me nothing?..Peter has found the perfect balance between melodic rock and elaborate arrangements that I enjoyed from start to end.

My favorite songs are Destiny because the amazing guitar work by Peter during the instrumental breaks and the blend between Pop & Prog, plus Product an 8 minutes mini epic where the vocal work and piano are delightful specially in the closing section where Natalie Azerad provides a magnificent chorus that reminds me of Claire Torry in DSOTM.

Spies is also another track to listen carefully, because the jazzy atmosphere and the wonderful female vocal by Natalie Azerad, and even better if you listen it immediately after the previously mentioned being that both songs work perfectly in tandem.

The album is closed with Victory, which is the perfect ending for an album to be included in Prog Archives, an elaborate an interesting track from the Progressive Rock perspective, with surprisingly complex keyboard sections that break with the melodic nature of the record and gives the listener of this site a track with interesting changes and absolutely eclectic essence.

I won't describe all the other tracks because the comments would be very similar, but I have to mention the pristine production and the capable musicianship of all the members of the band who managed to maintain a beautiful melodic and oneiric atmosphere all along the album, except in the already mentioned Victory and the interesting Reprisal which sound closer to GEKKO PROJECT than to PETER MATUCHNIAK solo works.

If I was rating this album in Symphonic or any other 100% Prog sub-genre, I would be talking of 2.5 stars at the max, because it's not what we would be expecting, but we are in Prog Related, a category where Destiny fits perfectly, so in the context of a Rock album with Prog tendencies, I have to go with 4 stars.

Ivan_Melgar_M | 4/5 |


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