First, there was Riverside's 'Rapid Eye Movement,' and now Poland's Satellite brings us 'Into The Night.' There is some serious talent in Poland and it should not be overlooked! Though familiar with Riverside for several years, Satellite is new to me. This is some of the best progressive rock I've heard all year. Not as dark as Riverside, Satellite is more quirky: like the Flower Kings crashing into Riverside's tour bus. But actually there is very little similarity between these Polish compatriots, except that they are both very good!
It seems the driving force behind Satellite is drummer and composer Wojtek Szadkowski and he should be commended for his delightful work. Yet, more compelling are the vocals of Robert Amirian and the dashing guitar work of Sarhan Kubeisi who bring voice and life to his desires. This is wonderful music, full of surprises and thrills. 'Heaven Can Wait' is a prefect example of this. I was captured from the beginning with 'Into The Night' which had a strong and emotional movement from beginning to end. 'Forgiven And Forgotten' concludes this album. I was reminded of prog rock from Ambrosia to Brand X to The Flower Kings (with a dash of Genesis thrown in for good measure) and I smiled. Wow! This is great stuff, headphone music!
If you love the complexity and and intrigue of prog rock, then you will love this album. Find Satellite's 'Into The Night' where ever you can. Highly recommended!
- Craig Hartranft