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Czech band SAMANOVO ZBOZI was formed in 2009, and the core line-up of the band consists of Jakub Novák (vocals, guitars), Daniel Franiok (guitars, vocals), Kamil Tomek (bass) and Pavel Jurečka (drums). They released an initial EP, Samanovo Zbozi EP, in 2013, and in February 2015 they launched their full length debut album Pribeh Kurete. The band have chosen to describe their music as dadarock.

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4.05 | 6 ratings
Pribeh Kurete
4.50 | 2 ratings
4.95 | 3 ratings
Ctvrta polnice

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 Ctvrta polnice by SAMANOVO ZBOZI album cover Studio Album, 2019
4.95 | 3 ratings

Ctvrta polnice
Samanovo Zbozi Crossover Prog

Review by TCat
Collaborator Eclectic Team

5 stars Formed in 2009, the crossover prog band Samanovo Zbozi from the Czech Republic released their 3rd album "Ctvrta Polnice" in early 2019. This album is made up of 8 tracks that range from just under 5 minutes up to just under 14 minutes and has a run time of just over 55 minutes total. The line-up of the band for this album is Jakub Novak on vocals, guitar and theremin, Martin Dytko on guitar, vocals and keyboards, Kamil Tomek on bass, and Dominik Bart on drums.

Starting off with "Dělníci Poezie" (Workers of Poetry), we get a reading of poetry from a guest (the entire album is performed in their native tongue), against a slightly funky background as it builds. Soon, things get more melodic as the vocals continue and the nice jazz / funk vibe continues. This track is defiantly very pleasing to the ear, though not what I would call standard rock by any means, especially as things become more complex and actually quite heavy before returning to the original vibe. Later, things return back to the complexity and heaviness as the track becomes surprisingly progressive and intense. This has an excellent sound to it as it varies between funk and experimental metal.

"Zjevení" (Revelation) continues in the heavy progressive style, but this time alternating from heavy to soft, but always somewhat complex. I unfortunately lack the skills to understanding the language, but this definitely doesn't stop me from enjoying this dynamic and interesting music that borders from a jazz / rock fusion style to more complex Heavy Prog styles. The last few minutes has a beautiful melody shared by guitar and what seems like a mellotron sound after the vocals end. "Elegie" has a darker sound with sometimes whispered vocals and other times sung at full voice, the music builds from soft and mysterious to emotional and cinematic a few times during the track, but with a progressive style, avoiding the formulaic rock style almost completely.

"Půlnoční Záchvat" (Midnight Seizure) begins much more experimental and minimal as atmospheric sounds made by guitars swirl around and continue to do so with cymbal rolls and crashes while vocals begin and continue. A minimal beat keeps it moving forward pensively. At 4 minutes, the full band finally kicks in and build to a emotional and heavy instrumental section that contrasts nicely to the first part of the track. It calms down again for the last part of the vocals. "Kov o Kov" begins as a full blown progressive riff pounding away and intensifying quickly before backing off to let the bass take over the riff and processed vocals come in. Dynamics vary later from soft to loud as the melody stays complex, even becoming suddenly minimal and experimental in the middle of the track and nice micro-tonal guitar work with cool effects coming later.

"Bozí Syn" (God's Son) continues with the complex sound and dynamic, but moves into a more steady instrumental break that acts as almost a reprieve from the dark and heavy feeling, but later returns to theme before the end. "Druhá oběť" (The Second Victim) is the longest track at over 13 minutes. The music builds off of a riff with repeating notes going from a simple solo instrument to a full band sound culminating in a heavy climax before slipping into a soft guitar and vocal, almost reminding one of Yes' "Heart of the Sunrise" in structure only (not in melody however). There is a lovely and progressive soft guitar solo supported by mostly minimal background. Very nice. As it continues, things get more atmospheric and mysterious and then a heavy guitar comes in building intensity. More guitars and bass come in really strong as the music plods along, but in good way. It just keeps getting better as it goes along, heavy and dark, yet very progressive, this is everything I love about Heavy progressive, harsh and complex, this track is a definitely highlight. "Stella Lontana" (Far Away Star maybe, I'm not sure) is a nice way to wrap up the album in a more mellow way, more minimal, almost like Sigur Ros with spacey effects and soft percussion.

This is one of the better albums I have heard in 2019. The only problem I have here is personal only because I don't understand the lyrics, but the music and melodies are so great that it almost doesn't matter. I love the use of dynamics on this album, and the music leans more towards the Heavy or Eclectic Prog sound on this album. It is definitely complex and never follows any standard rock format except for being progressive. This is definitely one band that I want to look into more. Highly recommended for those that like their music complex and dynamic, yet somewhat dark and heavy.

 Pribeh Kurete by SAMANOVO ZBOZI album cover Studio Album, 2015
4.05 | 6 ratings

Pribeh Kurete
Samanovo Zbozi Crossover Prog

Review by Finnforest
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

4 stars No pale yolks here

Samanovo Zbozi are a band from Ostrava, a city in the north-east of the Czech Republic, located just a few kilometers from the border with Poland. It's a beautiful city with a very rich musical and architectural landscape, the kind of place that could easily reap a band as eclectic and colorful as Samanono Zbozi.

When our old friend Marty McFly reviewed this album he worried that non-Czech speakers may not enjoy it, as they'd be missing the heavy metaphors and poetry in this album about the journeys of life. Point taken, and yes, there are some listeners who believe themselves adventurous even as they refuse to listen to non-English albums. I'm not one of them. Vocalists who use their first language are always an enhanced experience for me, giving the music authenticity and a unique vibe--in the same way that traveling is a more enriching experience than watching a travel TV show. The emotions come through more intensely and naturally, rather than being somewhat stilted by well meaning blokes unaware of correct emphasis or slang usage. I've heard some RPI simply destroyed by English. Samanovo Zbozi know better and the songs soar because of it.

Musically this is a wonderful mixture of modern crossover prog with nods to psych and dreamy pop. It reminded me most of a band called Dungen but with moments of quiet and post-rock though not textbook by any means. I would also recommend this to fans of The Tea Club, KingBathMat, System of a Down, and even Trettioĺriga Kriget for the combination of diverse and accessible styles. The songs are guitar led without question, guitars supplying the melodies, leads, and textures all combined trying to capture an original sound and succeeding pretty well. There are jazzy sounding segments, psych moments, alt rock heavy grooves, and pop sensibilities. They can rock hard as hell one moment, then have spoken narration, then have an almost REM-like jangle pop, yet pull it all together convincingly. Super playing. This cage-free chicken runs in fields of grass and lays the most delicious farm fresh eggs with bright orange yolks and maximum nutrition. Accept no factory farm chain store bird.

Rather sad that this album has not had much attention out there amongst prog fans and reviewers, I hope that will change. This work is most deserving of more appreciation.

 Pribeh Kurete by SAMANOVO ZBOZI album cover Studio Album, 2015
4.05 | 6 ratings

Pribeh Kurete
Samanovo Zbozi Crossover Prog

Review by Marty McFly
Special Collaborator Errors and Omissions Team

4 stars The name of this album in English would be something like "The Story of a Chicken". And the chikin' is just a metaphor a vehicle which carries the intended purpose forward. Simply put, it's the story of life's journey, very poetically heavy, almost nothing in the lyrics is meant literally. Or at least that's how I understand it. Thus as being Czech native speaker, I am at bit of advantage over many of the foreign listeners.

When you leave the words out, you get the second part of what "Příběh kuřete" is, musically mellow and atmospheric, very chilled out (almost post-rockish at times). Very melodically active, like a volcano choke full of seismic activity. Gentle guitarwork, abrupt return to the melodic hooks

I cannot "shut off" the lyrics or my understanding of them. For my listening experience, the music+lyrics parts are joined into one. You who do not understand Czech language have this unique opportunity. I wouldn't damn this album just because it's in foreign unknown language (as I heard few people telling me, worried they wouldn't enjoy it much).

Or is it about the chickens after all? You can decide for yourselves, the album has an official bandcamp page where you can listen to it and also buy it. The youtube exists too.

Thanks to windhawk for the artist addition.

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