Reviewed by MJBrady on 04 Jul 2007
Those who have heard Abraxas all seem to concur, that there is something uniquely pleasant about their music. They also remained a difficult band to pigeonhole in terms of being genre specific, so for that matter, I will place them into the ever ambiguous progressive rock, that should just about cover all the bases when considering just what one experiences when digesting an Abraxas cd. Prophecies is even more unique for the fact that it is the band's first album written in English rather than their native language of Polish. No doubt this was an attempt at getting the band some more deserved global listeners. So what does this band really sound like? It's pretty much non - conventional progressive rock, touching on some of Neo-Progressive's song structures and melodies, yet the band strives to be more than just another watered down version of Genesis that became a watered down version of Marillion and Pendragon.
They can be equally moody and intense, crossing the fine lines that divide the symphonic progressive rock and Neo realm from the progressive metal world. There are (were) a band that was blessed both with strong songwriting and competent musicians, while this cd is not the bands' most alluring material, it does have the English singing, which at the very least gives an insight to their lyrical prowess as well as their musical strengths. The guitars of - Szymon Brzezinski always seem to impress me, not so much for any blazing solos, but for his elegant use of the instrument, which can be subtle phrasings, or beautiful classsical fingerings. He always seems to have a way of embellishing the music with a master's touch. Same can be said of keyboardist - Marcin Blaszczyk, who seems to be just providing backdrops and atmospheres, yet the more you become acquainted with their music, you hear his intricate weavings and arrangements take full command of the bands sound.
I guess this is a cd that would have an easier time impressing the fans of Neo prog rather than that of old school prog rock fans, perhaps for the simple fact that they are more contemporary sounding, and are not nearly as complex as the 70's era progressive rock bands.