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Founded in Bedzin, Poland in 1985 - Disbanded in 1990 - Reformed in 2008

Initially founded in 1985 by the vocalist Mariusz Marysia FILOSEK and the drummer Arkadiusz Aru GRYBEK as CZWARTY WYMIAR, they disbanded in 1990 without releasing anything. 18 years after, in 2008, the band resurrected and included three new members: Marcin KWIECIEN at guitar, Maciek KWIECIEN at bass and Marcin Kosa Kos KOSAKOWSKY at keyboards. ProAge was then chosen as the new band name. In 2011 the two KWIECEN moved out of Poland and were replaced by Tomek PAPERNIK at guitar and initially Darek SKALSKI, then Paweł DROBNIEWSKY at bass. Another lineup change arrived in 2016: again guitarist and bassist are replaced. The final lineup comprehends now Roman Romano SIMINSKI at bass and Sławomir Yeahlon JELONEK at bass.
Their music includes metal elements like growl and screaming, obsessive bass and drums like in their song Charon featured on their debut album.

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 A Different State Of Reality by PROAGE album cover Studio Album, 2017
3.00 | 1 ratings

A Different State Of Reality
ProAge Neo-Prog

Review by siLLy puPPy
Collaborator PSIKE, JR/F/Canterbury & Eclectic Teams

— First review of this album —
3 stars The initial idea for PROAGE goes all the way back to the 80s when a band called Czwarty Wymiar (Polish for Fourth Dimension) was founded in Będzin, Poland (near Katowice) in 1985. Initiated by vocalist Mariusz Filosek and drummer Arek Grybek the band played for five years before disbanding but never released anything. Fast forward 18 years and the duo once again joined forces with the intent to carry the band into the 21st century. With the recruitment of Marcin Kwiecien (bass), Maciek Kwecien (guitar) and Marcin Kosakowski (keyboards). Although the band technically broke up in 1990 it remained on again off again through much of the early 2000s. Unfortunately the Kwiecen brothers would depart and the new replacements of Sławomir Jelonek (guitar) and Roman Simiński (bass) would create the final lineup for the band's first ever release under the PROAGE moniker.

This debut album was released in 2017 and contained two versions: the Polish language edition with the title ODMIENNY STAN RZECZYWISTOŚCI and it's English counterpart A DIFFERENT STATE OF REALITY which is a process most modern bands don't really bother to do much these days although the practice was fairly common for Italian prog bands of the 70s with a few others like France's Ange cashing in on the dualistic nature of language use. The music of PROAGE (i assume it's pronounced like PRO AGE) is somewhat difficult to categorize as it is somewhat of a progressive form of alternative rock with heavy guitar riffs, stellar bass grooves and a percussive drive that exists merely to accompany the stringed instruments. There are also dense keyboard sections that provide gloomy atmospheres much like neo-prog but there are also keyboard centered melodic hooks that sound like they borrowed from homegrown folk music sources.

A DIFFERENT STATE OF REALITY (or its Polish language counterpart) contains 11 tracks that are a mix of neo-prog much like the more modern sounds of Arena along with heavier rock heft sometimes even briefly entering metal territory not too far from the camp of early Riverside however PROAGE hasn't mastered the unique compositional flair of its fellow Warsaw based countrymen who created a more sophisticated mix off the prog, metal and ambience. The vocals of Mariusz Filosek are mostly performed in the clean neo-prog style with a slight rasp but they dip into the more bombastic metal growls on occasion. The album sounds a lot different with Polish lyrics and gives it a more exotic feel as the English language version doesn't have the emotional depth. The overall feel is that of space rock with Pink Floydian guitar solos breezing by. The guitars are generally clean and echo and augmented with an atmospheric backdrop except for when they burst into the heavy distortion of metal.

Overall PROAGE's debut album is a decent listening experience with the biggest problem resulting in the similarity between the tracks that don't find many ways to differentiate themselves. The ubiquitous nonchalant bass groove and space rock paradigm is only intermittently punctuated by the faster tempo antics of the harder rock and the occasional unexpected anomaly such as some sort of circus music. The underpinnings for a great album are definitely present but the band could've woven the compositions into more interesting pieces that delivered a wider range of musical expressions. Not a bad album by any means but it's not the kind of album that blows you away and beckons return visits. While the promise is lurking around every corner, unfortunately it is never resolved with that one satisfying track that offers a pay off. Despite the Pink Floyd references wrapped up in classical Bach and heavier Riverside extras, PROAGE falls just short of making an excellent album's worth of music magic.

 MPD by PROAGE album cover Studio Album, 2019
2.05 | 3 ratings

ProAge Neo-Prog

Review by TCat
Collaborator Eclectic Team

2 stars Proage is a Neo-prog band from Poland that was originally founded way back in 1985. However, is a band really a band if it doesn't release any material? The story goes that they disbanded in 1990 and then reformed in 2008, finally releasing an album in 2017. After this kick start, the band has released their 2nd full length album this time only waiting 2 years. This album, released in July of 2019, is called MPD which stands for Multiple Personalities Disorder, which is the disorder the main character of this concept album has, 24 personalities to be exact.

MPD has a total of 13 tracks that range from 15 seconds to over 10 minutes. The total run-time is 66 minutes. The band is comprised of 5 core members: Mariusz Filsek on vocals (there is both an English and Polish version of this album by the way), Slawomir Jelonek on guitar, Krzysztof Walczyk on piano, Roman Siminski on bass, and Ark Grybek on drums. There are also 2 guest musicians credited on the flute and clarinet.

"Homecoming" starts everything off with an 8 minute track. Beginning with a short introduction with a melodic guitar line, the track soon gets quite upbeat and moves into a fast section featuring heavy guitars and a swirling synth melody. The beat moves to a more moderate rhythm when the vocals start supported by a bright synth heavy accompaniment. The vocals are good enough, but the accent on the English version is quite heavy, but that is mostly expected. The music moves into a heavier section as it continues, once again changing meter, tempo and rhythm to a more driving and solid style. The organ becomes supportive as the guitars pump out a rollicking solo which later gets replaced by synths. Later, the main melody returns with the last vocal verse. This track pretty much establishes the Neo-prog sound of the band which goes through a variety of sounds and styles as it goes along. But, being a Neo-prog band, the overall sound seems to stay close to a more 80's sounding prog, but with a heavy Eurpoean sound.

"Stolen Time" is a very short, transitory track, pretty much unnecessary. "Multiple Personality Disorder" comes next, and pretty much stays with a moderate beat and a simple sound, again with a heavy synth sound, but a mellow guitar solo during the instrumental break. The vocals don't really change in dynamic from the first track however, so you get a sound that sounds too much like the first track. "Is It In My Mind" begins with a more jazzy style led mostly by piano and some synth. The vocals begin and again you get that same vocal style which stays safely in it's short range and not enough dynamic or emotion. The somewhat repetitive lyrics get a little annoying, and so far, the music is lyric heavy meaning that it relies too much on the vocals which definitely need some work in order to bring more life to the music. The dated 80's style neo prog sound also persists, and as this track continues, it becomes more annoying. Finally, in the last few minutes of the track, there is a badly needed guitar solo followed by a synth solo that helps to bring a bit more life to the music for a while, but the steam seems to get lost before it ends. Another short track "Shadows Guide" follows which is a nice piano solo.

"Entrapment" is the longest track at over 10 minutes. The previous track just sort of stumbles into this more upbeat track, but by now, the amateurish style of the music gives everything a forced feel. After a vocal melody, the organ takes over, but barely gives off enough steam to merit a decent solo before the poorly mixed vocals come in again much too loud. The sound of the track tries for a dark atmosphere, but ends up sounding a bit ridiculous and false. The lyrics are not that great either. Repeating the words "Black Swan" doesn't make for a believable dark track. There are some good instrumental breaks that create the progressive sound, but the vocals always come in too often just as you are getting into the instrumental performance.

The album continues in this way, feeling clumsy with its flow between sections. The vocals don't help and the mix of the entire album just doesn't make anything believable or enjoyable. Unfortunately, there isn't that much here that saves the album. It would have been better with better mixing, less vocals and more instrumental sections, but overall, the feel you get here is a chopped up and amateur sound and style. This all makes for a difficult listen that is hard to take seriously.

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