Longbranch Records [Release Date: 07.10.13]
I was beginning to think that I was getting to know everything there was to know about Polish progressive rock and its (somewhat understated) importance in the contemporary progressive rock landscape.
Bands like Riverside, Believe, Satellite, Collage, et al have been carving themselves a very large niche, especially in the neo-prog arena – all this despite a criminal lack of exposure in the rock press in the UK.
So when this arrived for review I thought ‘ah, new prog band from Poland – this is going to be good’ and slid it into the player.
Well, two out of four ain’t bad – they’re not new (Eternal Movement is their third album) and they’re not really progressive – more post-art-prog rock.
They are however from Poland and they are very good indeed.
Eternal Movement’s eight tracks are all instrumental and if you can picture an amalgam of Anathema, Tool, Muse and a soupçon of Sigur Ros you’re starting to get a handle on where they are coming from.
The Anathema comparison is no coincidence as the album is produced by Christer Andre Cederberg – responsible for their superb ‘Weather Systems’ album – and you would have to say, of all the influences here, that of Anathema is probably the strongest.
I have to confess that I was slightly disappointed on first listen, feeling that the thrashing guitars were pushing their way to the front a little too much.
However, on subsequent listens, this isn’t the case. Sure, there are plenty of thrashing guitars, but the more you listen the more you hear of the complex subtleties in the music and the inherent exquisiteness of the arrangements.
The album is book-ended by two of the strongest tracks – ‘Laughter Of Gods’ and ‘Up From Eden’ – which fully explore the diverse range of moods and time signatures seen across the whole album.
Hard to pick a highlight but ‘Emptiness Of Yours And Mine’ – very much towards the Sigur Ros end of the spectrum – probably just shades it.
So, yet another terrific album from a relatively obscure Polish band to join the ever growing list – not quite what I expected – but in many ways so much the better for it.
Definitely a grower.
Review by Alan Jones
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