Well I have to say that this Cd is a breath of fresh air to my ears. The Polish prog scene is indeed alive and kicking. First off I give it five stars because the vocals are superb and accent free with a Bob Halford flavour to it (I kid you not)he is that good. Secondly I feel that this music is well balanced like a Commando knife, it has balance (bit of rock and mellow passages) well made and it strikes, razor sharp, through the DNA of your brain cells and leaves a scar.....just listen to the song PASSING SCARS and see what I mean. I very much like the first song too ME IN THE DARK, this has a nice quiet beginning before turning up a notch and giving you PRIEST like rock and vocals. Another great song TRAIN BACK HOME has a good tempo with a bit of a mellow passage and all round superb playing followed by THE HUNT IS ON which follows a similar vein before slipping into the power ballad AWAY, this song is one of my personel favourites because of the superb singing, a worthy six minutes of class and great guitar riffing towards the end. the title song is near 11 minutes long and ends the album on a high note My opinion is that for a debut disc this is simply stunning, the playing all round is top quality and the singing is accent free and superb also a word for the drummer ...MAGNIFICENT. If I have a complaint it is simply that it has only 8 tracks however this is only a small gripe because they are all 5 minutes or longer. I think that other POLISH bands like RIVERSIDE, QUIDAM,and ALBION will be more familiar to most fans however these lads will surely become more so because they are better than any of them, a real piece of POSITIVE POLISH PROG PERFECTION
Well, this is an interesting one, even allowing for the arty-farty element that creeps in now and then. It's a bit prog-metal, without really being either prog or metal, something that seems to make no sense, but does.
The Polish outfit put out their debut single, 'Jestem' in 2006, but the usual array of lineup changes meant it took a fair amount of time for their sound to be refined and their personnel to stabilise. A few months in the studio and 'Time Must Have A Stop" is the result, and something that fans of Opeth, Blackfield, Anathema and Porcupine Tree might have an interest in.
They're actually not a million miles away from Riverside, the much lauded Polish act, although Votum have more oomph to their music than the more progressively inclined Riverside. It's a good sound, and if the production doesn't always match the ambition, it's something that can be fixed in the future.
It's a dark and brooding release, with plenty of promise. The middle section run of 'Passing Scars', 'Train Back Home' and 'The Hunt Is On', is the best part of the album, well worth listening to, and if the Polish six-piece can build on this, we should definitely hear more from them.