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Indukti: S.U.S.A.R.

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S.U.S.A.R. 2005

Ewa Jablonska – violin

Piotr Kocimski – guitars

Maciek Adamczyk – bass

Maciej Jaskiewicz – guitars

Wawrzyniec Dramowicz – drums

Now, I am not generally what you would call a metal fan. When I do listen to metal, it’s usually a classic like Black Sabbath, or Iron Maiden. So, when someone told me I had to check out INDUKTI, I was skeptical. However, since I was going to be seeing them live, I felt obligated. Oh what a pleasant surprise. Of course there was a chance I was going to like it, but I never expected to absolutely love it.

This band is heavy, and can blow your eardrums out, but they are also capable of the most delicate beauty. The most obvious reason for this is the fact that they have a violinist. But, that is not the only explanation. This group is made up of excellent musicians, and the compositions are extremely well crafted. The music can take you from a speed metal jam-out to a bit of quiet melancholia, and you won’t even flinch. It is all on the dark side, but there is a beautiful poignancy in much of it. Complexity is also a key factor. They could hold their own with many of my Symphonic faves. Just to mix things up, there are also a few Middle-Eastern sounds thrown in here and there. But, I guess you would have to say that it is indicative of the current Eastern European prog scene. I don’t know what’s going on over there, but it’s inspiring some great music (especially in Poland).

The only downside is that it does get a bit repetitive at times. I say, so what? This is one album that could be put on continuous repeat, and I wouldn’t mind. It’s a fantastic debut, and has me very exited to see what they will do on the follow up.

Since I wrote this I had the opportunity to see Indukti live. It was Sunday morning, on the last day of NEARfest 2007. There were a lot of groggy heads in the audience, but this group soon had everybody won over. It was a blistering wake up call. The band came to play, and boy were they happy to be in the U.S. If you ever get the chance, go see them. You will be glad you did.

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