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Defying  - Nexus Artificial

Defying - Nexus Artificial

Label : Eigen beheer | Archive under prog / sympho metal

Release type: Full-length CD

Vera : Progressive rock and Poland, then bands like Riverside and Believe instantly loom up before our very eyes. Yet this young band, hailing from the Northeast of Poland manages to present a quite original and personal vision of the genre on their debut album ‘Nexus Artificial’. True to the genre they have written a concept album about the topic whether human beings were created by a God or just descendant from extraterrestrial beings. This spatial atmosphere is properly illustrated in the music, without flirting too much with psychedelics or cosmic music. No, this happens to be a self-willed interpretation of equal parts doom metal, sense for experiment and creating grandioso atmospheres beyond styles or genres.

The band came into being in 2008, firstly released an instrumental demo, followed by new demos with vocalist Marcin Bielski. Early 2013 Marcin left the band and guitarist Piotr Stepinski decided to take over vocals as well. He appears to be a perfect match, since he also wrote the lyrics. What we hear on this full length debut is significant for the recent musical development of the band: the music became heavier, guitars were down-tuned and most of all… Piotr brought grunts on board of this Polish spaceship.

The instrumental foundation of the band still lives on in their current music, since instrumental passages are abundant in their lengthy compositions, while the (sometimes unclear and distant) grunts might be seen as an additional instrument. They completely fit into the general flow of the album, bring on a mysterious touch when they go into whispering areas and due to the extraterrestrial theme they have a dreamy flavour. More than once we get goose-bumps from the guitar solos of Rafal Warniello, just listen to the marvellous passages in the nine minutes long ‘Newborn Sun’ or the latter part of the single ‘Prayers’. Sometimes those low-tuned guitars have any affinity with The Cure (‘Imitation’), but one of the reasons why we are instantly flabbergasted by this album might be its reminiscence with Celestial Season’s ‘Solar Child’ and Tiamat at the time of ‘Wild Honey’. Anyways, a kind of nineties atmosphere is prominent on this album, however less obscure and graced with a modern production. It is obvious: Defying goes for creating an amazing atmosphere, rather than losing themselves into technical masturbation of the progressive rock genre. The way they build up tension in ‘Portraits’ refers to Porcupine Tree in the nineties (when they recorded their ultimate live registration in Rome) and the aboriginal throat sounds in the intermezzo ‘Ningma’ might illustrate our ancestors on this planet, yet it only opens new horizons to enjoy the musical beauty of ‘Anaesthesia’ and ‘Suppression’. If bands such as Tides Of Nebula or Votum (Defying shared the stage with both of them) just lacked something, Defying instantly created a shot in the bull’s eye with ‘Nexus Artificial’. This is a delicious album to dig deeper into during relax weekends. Just let yourself go, the music does the talking…

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