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Satellite: Into the Night

Listening to the opening title track on Satellite's latest Into the Night, the third release in a trilogy that started with A Street Between Sunrise and Sunset in 2003 and followed by 2005's Evening Games, and you can only wonder why it's so hard for many veteran bands (Marillion comes to mind) to come up new material that's even remotely compelling as this. Gorgeous melodies, catchy hooks, tasty instrumentation, it's all here, plus a not so subtle nod to the 70's greats. This Polish act also embrace their more aggressive side on the hard edged prog epic "Dreams (parts 1-3)", which reminds a bit of Arena or early Marillion with its gritty guitar work, searing keyboards, and the strong vocals of Robert Amirian. "Downtown Skyline" has an odd, almost Porcupine Tree feel, with lilting guitar lines, spacey keys, and tribal percussion, eventually giving way for some thunderous guitar bombast. Sarhan Kubeisi's stunning guitar solo leads you into "Don't Go Away In Silence" (check out his soaring Nick Barrett meets John Mitchell tone here), a real emotional roller-coaster number that thrives on plenty of stunning musical passages and gorgeous melodies. The band rocks out a bit on the symphonic "Heaven Can Wait", a 9-minute gem featuring some raging keyboards and rippling guitar licks, and the atmospheric & poppy "Forgiven And Forgotten" rounds out the CD on a mellower note, with Amirian's soothing vocals floating over Mellotron, melodic guitar lines, and electronic drums.

Recently. Metal Mind Productions have released a deluxe digipack edition of Into the Night with two bonus tracks, the melodic yet angst filled "Time Stands Still" (featuring some nimble guitar leads from Kubeisi and wild synth passages courtesy of Krzysick Palczewski) and the emotional "Around the World". The latter is a catchy little pop/prog ballad with soaring melodies, hooks, and tight instrumentation, showing a very accessible side to the band.

Satellite have come up with a real winner here with Into the Night, and might have finally stepped out from under the Collage shadow once and for all.


Track Listing
1. Into The Night (6:54)
2. Dreams (parts 1-3) (13:30)
3. Downtown Skyline (6:20)
4. Lights (2:14)
5. Don't Go Away In Silence (7:35)
6. Heaven Can Wait (9:04)
7. Forgiven And Forgotten (6:05)
8. Time Stands Still-bonus track (8:07)
9. Around the World -bonus track (3:40)

Added: October 30th 2009
Reviewer: Pete Pardo
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Related Link: Metal Mind Productions
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Satellite: Into the Night
Posted by Jon Neudorf, SoT Staff Writer on 2009-10-31 00:36:31
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It took me a while but I finally purchased Into The Night, the third album from the veteran Polish Neo-prog band Satellite. The band has been a mainstay in Polish progressive rock since 2003 when they released their debut album A Street Between Sunrise And Sunset. Formed by Collage drummer Wojtek Szadkowski, Satellite's music is a blending of progressive styles including symphonic rock and neo. Bands like IQ, Arena and Collage make music in a similar vein but Satellite's music is by no means identical to those bands. Beautiful melodies are plentiful and the guitar playing of Sarhan Kubeisi is fabulous. His soaring, passionate leads can be found all over Into The Night and serve to give the music a dramatic and progressive flair that should appeal to fans of well played progressive rock.

After listening to this CD a few times it struck me that it is a little heavier than their last CD Evening Games. The musical highlight has to be the three part epic "Dreams" that mixes soaring melodic parts with some of the heaviest moments Satellite have committed to disc featuring rocking guitar solos, powerful riffs, intense orchestration and the potent drumming of Szadkowski. There is even a funky interlude that shows this band is anything but one dimensional and the outro guitar solo is phenomenal.

The spine tingling title track has relaxing dream-like moments, including gentle keyboards and soft percussion intertwined with heavier rhythms, melodic guitar solos and wicked drumming giving Into The Night a great start. You will find no filler on this album, only pure quality start to finish.

In my opinion, this is the strongest Satellite release to date, although I have yet to hear their latest offering. This is a classy disc from a band that seems to be gaining momentum with every release. Absolutely stunning!



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