Album review: CHEMIA – The One Inside


Chemia - The One Inside

DCM Records [Release date: 04.11.13]

Poland is something of a hotbed for progressive rock, it is therefore somewhat surprising when you hear an absolutely cracking album from a Polish band which sounds like it could have been conceived in a smoky studio in Seattle.  The album was in fact recorded in Canada so maybe that country has provided a breath of fresh – if a tad Nickelback infused – air.

Arriving unannounced sans press release from what we can make out Chemia  formed in Warsaw in 2010 and this is their second album.  From the opener ‘Ego’ this is a rollercoaster ride of great songs, razor-sharp riffery, and some great vocals.  Lukasz Drapala who joined the band in 2011 would certainly give Myles Kennedy a run for his Zloty.

The band are evidently influenced by classic rockers but their resulting sound owes much to the Alter Bridge/Bush/Audioslave school of post-grunge commercial rock.  However, to my ears, they sound a whole lot fresher and slightly less calculated so don’t let those comparisons put you off.

There’s a great mix of heavy, commercial , but not too predictable tunes starting with the energetic ‘Ego’ and ‘Bondage Of Love’ (the two early singles) and including another likely single ‘Walked Away’.  The mid-tempo ‘Everlasting Light’ provides a slightly funky respite whilst ‘Stalker’,  ‘Hero’ (cue immediate memories of Chad Kroeger’s Spiderman track) and the bonus track ‘Letter’ show that the band can slow things down too.   For a long time a bastion of emerging prog, Poland now offers up one of the most engaging and energising rock albums of 2013.  *****

Review by David Randall

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