Reviewed by Nuno on 01 Dec 2000
Well...Polish is not my language, to be true i only know some words in Polish...be fair, one word...ok almost one, but lets call it none.
Dispite this dificulty, i was really surprised with Abraxas, at least with their music. Abraxas are versatile enough to not fall in temptation of copying other bands styles and structures in obvious ways. And this, for me, is a compliment.
The tracks flow nicely, the album is well sequenced and the musical structure imposed by these Polish guys draw a very intricate tile.
Interluding quiet, beautiful sections, as in Jezebel, in which they end adding a great guitar solo, the songs are generally very well constructed, even the bit more heavy tracks.
Some beautiful female vocals contrast with the strange male ones (strange in the good sence), and you may notice that he really transform is vocals according to the mood of the music, and this states certainly that this is sung with real feeling, which is, for me, the perfect vocal style.
You may find, somewhere here, traces of old Marillion and recent Arena's work, but Abraxas aren't in any way, restraining their ability to further create new textures.
The somewhat heavy edge of the guitar in some tracks add some identity to this band, and they are able to impose really metallic guitar solos as melodical ones, showing their versatility.
As a whole, 99 is a very good album that i really have to recommend strongly to proggers that feel this style is universal and should not be restrained to english lyrics.
By the way...thanks Mark Miko for pointing me this band...let's face it, they really rock!!