ARTIST:

VOTUM

(POLAND)
TITLE:

HARVEST MOON

(2013)
LABEL:

MYSTIC

GENRE:

ATMOSPHERIC METAL

/ PROGRESSIVE ROCK
TAGS:
Melancholic, Neo
""Harvest Moon" is the reference album of an endearing band who wonderfully handles the art of linking rock, metal and atmospheric atmospheres on a multi-faceted prog background."
PROGRACER (25.01.2016)  
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It took 4 years for Votum to give a successor to "Metafiction", their second album which had enchanted the critics, including in our pages. If the first two albums were as close in time as in content, let's bet that this longer gestation period will have allowed the Poles to refine their style and still surprise us. 

The recipe is broadly similar with an effectively refined style, made of progressive developments skillfully alternating atmospheric passages and more muscular metallic parts. Votum officiates in a style that is at the frontiers of progressive rock, atmospheric, neo-prog and metal. Even if this description is a bit vague, it does describe the band's music and the variety it offers. But Poles manage to express their own personality and style thanks to a fine and intelligent writing where the sequences are done with naturalness and fluidity. 

The balance is almost perfect between sweet tracks in a pure neo-progressive vein like 'Numb', the dazzling 'Bruises' or 'Steps In The Gloom', and the punchy tracks like 'Ember Night', 'Cobwebs', or 'Deadringer'. The melodic aspects are everywhere and Maciej Kosinski's soft and expressive voice magnifies them with that little extra sensitivity that makes Votum unique. The 'Vicious Circle' opener proves it from the very first minutes. The influence of Riverside is still present, but it is assumed, as the style approaches it without clinging to it..,  

Like their compatriots, Votum incorporates a number of electronic effects and acoustic instruments, with small touches of guitars on 'Ember Night' or 'First Felt Pain', or oriental sounds on 'Coda'. On the most percussive tracks, guitars and vocals know how to be more aggressive with sharp riffs and syncopated rhythmics, but the melodic aspect remains omnipresent, ensuring a constant interest. The production is limpid and balanced and each musician finds his place with a natural simplicity.

Votum is at the peak of its art in 2013 and "Harvest Moon" is its artistic expression. The Poles don't reinvent anything, which deprives them of the top mark here, but bring their creativity and offer a very accomplished album. Without pretension or demonstration, the group confines itself to what it knows how to do and does it very well, with sensitivity and authenticity.


More informations on http://www.votum.metal.pl/





TRACK LISTING:
01. Vicious Circle 8:13
02. Cobwebs 5:01
03. First Felt Pain 6:52
04. New Made Man 5:27
05. Numb 5:01
06. Ember Night 6:58
07. Bruises 7:43
08. Steps In The Gloom 7:51
09. Dead Ringer 6:51
10. Coda 6:36
11. Numb (Reprise) 2:34

LINEUP:
Adam Kaczmarek: Guitares
Adam Lukaszek: Batterie
Alek Salamonik: Guitares
Bartek Turkowski: Basse
Maciej Kosinski: Chant / Guitares
Zbigniew Szatkowski: Claviers
   
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PASCALOU
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un nouvel album VOTUM viens de sortir !!!
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