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Sandstone: Looking For Myself

Suddenly, Polish progressive-rock bands are infiltrating the international scene. While many of them are reaching new audiences thanks to the rise of the homeland's Metal Mind Productions, ProgRock Records in the United States managed to nab one of the best. Sandstone initially was formed in 2001 without a keyboard player. But as the band's sound evolved into a hybrid of neo-progressive and progressive-metal music think, maybe, Arena meets Dream Theater the quartet quickly realized it needed keys to add texture and depth to its songs.

Sandstone's debut, Looking For Myself, is an expansive, six-song journey chronicling one man's struggle for nothing more than to love and to be loved. It sounds more upbeat than Riverside (arguably one of the biggest acts to come out of Poland in recent years) and less technical than Dream Theater. But the sheer ambition of these songs only one of which clocks in at shorter than seven and a half minutes propels Looking For Myself into the ranks of those debut discs that leave listeners not only wanting more but also wondering where else the band could take the music. The best indication of Sandstone's capabilities can be heard on "Birth of My Soul," which opens with clear and concise soloing from guitarist Jarek Niecikowski and eventually reaches David Gilmour aspirations near the song's conclusion. Vocalist Marcin Zmorzynski's thick accent is a minor distraction early on, but getting used to it is easy.

As is listening to this album.


Track Listing:
1) Like A Thought
2) Keep The Faith
3) Looking For Myself
4) Youth
5) Birth of My Soul
6) Sunrise

Added: May 16th 2006
Reviewer: Michael Popke
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Related Link: Official Sandstone Web Site
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Language: english

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