Believe, one of the most interesting and original bands on the Polish art/prog-rock scene!
The band formed in 2004 by guitarist Mirek Gil, should be known already by fans of Polish prog-rock legend Collage and Satellite. Not only was Mirek a founding member and main song writer of Collage, but he played with Satellite as well.
The band’s debut album “Hope to See Another Day” was released in 2006, six years later Believe return with their second live DVD entitled “Seeing is Believing”. Filmed in 2011 in Wyspiański Theater in Katowice (Poland), this brand new DVD documents how much the band has changed: Believe released two more excellent studio albums, letting their music grow more brilliantly intricate and sublime than ever before; Tomek Różycki was substituted by the charismatic singer Karol Wróblewski, whose deep and distinctive voice contributes much to the style and mood of Believe’s music; the new keyboard player Konrad Wantrych joined their ranks, enriching their music with his stylish and technically superb soundscapes. During this unique evening in Wyspiański Theater Believe primarily presented material from their fourth, most recent studio album „World Is Round” (Metal Mind Productions, 2010). With the release of “Seeing Is Believing” DVD, the band prove they also came to excel as a live act, giving an outstanding performance which will surely be remembered by all the fans that had a chance to see and hear them on that magical evening.
“Seeing is Believing” DVD review by ProgArchives (UK):
“(…) Once again, it is the wonderful diversity of sounds offered by the triple attack of guitars, keyboards and violins (and combination thereof) which gives this set its identity. Wróblewski’s often emotional vocals are excellent throughout, but it is the exploitation of a highly talented instrumental line up which places Believe in the top tier of the current prog bands. The renditions of the songs are faithful to their studio counterparts, the music being melodic neo-prog, with an emphasis on the atmospheric and the symphonic. Comparisons with Hogarth era Marillion are probably the fairest way of giving the uninformed an outline idea of what to expect. (…) Overall, a superb DVD which captures Believe at their very best. The enhanced catalogue now available to the band is exploited to the full, resulting in a finely balanced and performed set. Recommended.“ Full review HERE.
“World is Round” CD review by DPRP (Holland):
“For me, this is near perfect music. Being on the art-rock side of progressive music, it’s not going to appeal to ‘pure’ proggers (which, again personally, I think is a contradictory concept, but such fans exist), but everyone else will find much to enjoy, whether it’s the rhythm, the melody or the textures in the soundscape. And if you enjoy all of its elements, it’ll become one of your favourite albums of the year. It’ll be in my Top 5!”.
Believe – current line-up:
Mirek Gil – guitars, Karol Wróblewski – vocal, Satomi – violin, Vlodi Tafel – drums, Przemas Zawadzki – bass guitar, Konrad Wantrych – keyboard