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On disc: Jelonek

Jelonek - Claudia Ehrhardt - 8 stars


(Mystic Production - 2009)

Jelonek is the band of Michal Jelonek, a Polish violinist who during the last 2 decades appeared on many albums of Polish artists. The self-titled instrumental album shows 14 tracks which cover a huge range incl. art rock, hard rock, metal and classic. And when you think of the combination you might also think of Apocalyptica... Jelonek got a classic 4-piece band line-up to support him and to give him the space to shine. B.East is a metal tune with a heavy groove and riffs, but due to the violin the song is also melodic and catchy. At Akka he shows a more melodic side, more rock then metal... The tune has a melancholy edge, but then Jelonek surprises you with Eastern sounds. At Steppe the melody line reminds me partly of a song called Am Fenster from the German rock band City... But due to the beat it has a modern sound. Here he combines an electro beat with symphonic elements. Lorr is a sonic roller coaster ride! Very heavy parts and melodic passages which sound almost fragile. At Mosquito Flight he added some elements of Rimsky-Korsakov's Flight Of The Bumblebee (off The Tale of Tsar Saltan). Other compositions have reminiscences to composers like Antonín Dvorák and Bedřich Smetana.
Due to the variety of tunes it's quite entertaining. Songs like the closer Pizzicato- Asceticism are creating soundscapes and are interesting for art rock / prog rock fans, even if some tunes are quite heavy, I think art rock fans can enjoy the whole album. Fans of Apocalyptica should welcome this album, too.

8 stars

Claudia Ehrhardt


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