VOTUM
Progressive Metal / Traditional heavy metal • Poland

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VOTUM is a progressive-metal band formed in Warszawa, Poland, in 2002.

Their first works were more in the traditional heavy metal style. They released a demo called "Bow to the Sound" in 2002.

In 2006 the band released a single, "Jestern", attached to the Heavy Metal Pages magazine. Later that year, the band experimented several line-up changes, which also brought about a change in style, hich now aimed more towards the progressive, the atmospheric and the experimental.

The band's line-up is:

Maciej Kosinski - vocal Aleksander Salamonik - guitar Adam Kaczmarek - guitar Zbigniew Szatkowski - keyboards Bartek Turkowski - bass Adam Lukaszek - drums

In 2008, the band released their first full-length, the eight-song progressive-metal opus "Time Must Have a Stop." The album has received excellent reviews in their native country and abroad, thanks to the intelligent and atmospheric music.

According to the band, "VOTUM pays the utmost attention to song lyrics which, like the
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.. Album Cover 3.88 | 9 ratings
Time Must Have a Stop
Progressive Metal 2008
.. Album Cover 4.02 | 7 ratings
Metafiction
Progressive Metal 2009
.. Album Cover 3.86 | 6 ratings
Harvest Moon
Progressive Metal 2013
.. Album Cover 3.50 | 2 ratings
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Progressive Metal 2016

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.. Album Cover 5.00 | 1 ratings
Bow To The Sound
Traditional heavy metal 2002

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Jestem
Traditional heavy metal 2006

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VOTUM Time Must Have a Stop

Album · 2008 · Progressive Metal
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Kev Rowland
I have been lucky to hear many Polish prog bands over the years, and this 2008 debut from Votum has brought another into my area of knowledge. Now, Poland isn't a country that many Western progheads would necessarily think of as being a hotbed, but over the years there have been some great bands (think SBB, Collage, Satelite to name just a few) and of course Riverside has made a huge impression on everyone. With this release, Votum deserve very much to be spoken about in the same sentence. When one looks at the CD cover the impression is one of darkness and menace, and isn't hard to imagine that the music inside is Black Metal, but instead we have one of the most atmospheric and interesting debuts from recent years that I have heard.

Yes, when they decide that the time is right they can punch out the heavy metal riffs and give us some symphonic passages that wouldn't sound out of place with Therion or Nightwish, but often it is the 'menacing threat' that takes this forward. It is simply one of the most atmospheric albums I have heard, and while there are times when it sounds more like Negură Bunget than Pink Floyd or Porcupine Tree, it is also true that all these bands have obviously had an influence. The vocals are in English, and for the most part are melodic without too much of an accent.

This isn't going to be for everyone, as it straddles so many genres and sub-genres, but I urge anyone interested in hearing great rock music, whatever label people saddle it with, to search it out. www.progrockrecords.co m or www.votumband.pl

VOTUM Harvest Moon

Album · 2013 · Progressive Metal
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Kev Rowland
When I reviewed Votum’s 2008 debut I managed to include references to bands as diverse as Therion, Nightwish, Negură Bunget, Pink Floyd and Porcupine Tree, as well as of course mentioning Riverside as these guys are also Polish. Back then I said that however you wanted to describe them, it was essential you search them out. A few years down the line and they are back with their third album, and with Millenium and Riverside also releasing superb works in recent months it appears that 2013 is going to be a bumper year for afficianados of the Polisg prog scene. Somehow the band have managed to become even more diverse yet at the same time have brought in control and a restrained power that makes this a wonderfully rich album.

There are times when they bring in the power of Opeth, but move to RPWL and folk influences without even batting an eye. This is music that popintedly refuses to stick in any particular subgenre and is happy to meander all over the place wherever it needs to be. It is going to appreciate to those who want their prog to have bite, and there is a section in “Cobwebs” where they are a straight out metal band, nothing more or less. But, for the most part it is the threat of darkness as opposed to a straight metallic attack that gives this the edge. Sure, they can be Dream Theater when they want to be, or they can be full on emotional Anathema, with harmony vocals and gentleness and picked guitars. Or not.

If you have yet to come across Votum then you need to increase your musical education as this is a great piece of work. www.votumband.pl

VOTUM Time Must Have a Stop

Album · 2008 · Progressive Metal
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Impressive full-length début by this Polish act.

Progressive metal is the name of the game for this creation; and a rather dark and ominous-sounding variety of it as well. Not metal all the way though - fragile and mellow passages have their place here - especially in the opening segments of the compositions; and breaks to calmer water ambient as well as industrial-tinged appear in most tunes.

The guitars dominates the proceedings though; and the band have opted for a massive, wall-of-sound placement of riffs and riff patterns on this release. A bit overdone according to my tastes, as details and textures tend to drown in the loud cascading guitar sounds. Synth layers melodic or majestic in scope flesh out the sonic tapestries; and a capable, powerful vocalist delivers the lyrics in an OK manner.

Personally I was most intrigued by the drum-work on this production though. Very much different in approach to what is common in the genre, his at times quirky and most times highly fluent delivery really added some nice twists to this experience.

A strong début overall, where the main weaknesses are syrupy chorus segments at times; and the massive guitars may not be to everybody's liking.

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