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Abraxas

 

Neo-Prog

3.70 | 73 ratings

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ProgShine
4 stars 01. 14/06/1999

Introduction full of voices, but since the band is Polish, all the vocals are so different and also extremely interesting. What follows is an instrumental and discharged with a certain weight. The band (as you would expect) draws on the Neo-Prog, the one that always has cold keyboards and sounds that seems comes out directly from 80's, but here the thing is not so exaggerated. The voice of Adam Lassa is very good, sometimes melodic sometimes torn, when accompanied by weight of the band.

02. Czekam

Marcin Blaszczyk opens the track with an organ, one of those that was bequeathed by Peter Banks (Genesis), school of 9 out of 10 Neo Progressive bands. Followed by the keyboards a constant 'beep' as one of those hospital machines that measure the heartbeat of the person until he check only feature. And ends with a short speech.

03. Jezebel

The drums of Mikolaj Matyska takes shape and contour in the introduction of the 3rd track, closely followed by the grave bass of Rafal Ratajczak showing sometimes some 'slap' bass lines. Vocals are quite beautiful, the Polish language (not sure if it's some dialect) as strange as it may sound, makes things even more beautiful to me. After the half's paraded a fretless bass solo that if I am not mistaken is the guest Krzysztof ?cierański and is a sensational solo.

04. Szaleństwo przyszło Noca

Only a spoken intersection, but which has yours strength.

05. Spowiedz

The melody of the guitar riff is constant and the drums here is cool, simple and functional. The female vocals are heard for the first time on this album at this moment, as if they had a story to tell but I'm not entirely sure if they do. Beautiful guitar riffs.

06. Anatema, Czyli Moje Obsesja

This intro is totally Pink Floyd, guitar and keyboard perfectly alike, Wish You Were Here (the album) made school, you know. The guitars full of harmonics and somehow very heavy. By the half of the song the band comes in in a melodious and beautiful melody full of details of keyboards and synthesizers.

07. Pętla Medialna

Almost an 'industral' sound, electronic rhythm and synthesizers, mark the beginning of the song. Is like as if they were workers at some factory, or claiming something. They sound a little bit like Dream Theater here.

08. Noel

After some light sounds the song is played in a broken time signature, but with melody. After a series of poems follows a heavier part, but short-lived. Then the drums accelerates but the sound itself does not. Vocalizations and a nice keyboard in the end.

09. '37

'37 begins with the hiss of an old LP and an orchestra, to give the impression of an old sound (maybe that's it that the name of the song refers, the year of 1937).

10. Medalion

A discreet percussion opens the track, followed by beautiful keyboard arpeggios, bass always deep, guitars up here and there, and the beautiful vocals. The song also has a lot of lines between his verses and instrumentals. And a beautiful guitar solo, melody and virtuosity. And a strange end.

11. Iris

Together with the strange end of the previous track a crazy space sound comes in, full of 'blips' and 'blops' of the synthesizer, a keyboard riff and syncopated to break the tension. I found a bit of Marillion here. After a brief verse ... surprise! Infernal silence of crickets and a lullaby. And stops the music with what started it, the old war orchestra.

12. Oczyszczenie

Excellent keyboard line, an extended melody, just thought it might be more madness after this open line, but this is the line of the band, instrumental tense / sad, with many spoken vocals.

13. Moje Mantry

The band closes the album with guitar melodies, those normally used by David Gilmour and with beautiful female vocals in the background.

This Polish and unknown band's a pleasant surprise, going along in the Neo Prog genre, but with a lot of influence of the 70's.

ProgShine | 4/5 |

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