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Pirate ship on the horizon! - 85%

Tomek8754, March 1st, 2022
Written based on this version: 2017, Digital, Independent (Bandcamp)

Vane is the youngest child of Mateusz Gajdzik and Robert Zembrzycki - musicians previously associated with bands such as Witchking, Saratan, Acid Drinkers or Corruption, among others. They invited Marcin Frąckowiak (Killsorrow, Percival Schuttenbach), Marcin Parandyk (Killsorrow, Skyanger, Thy Disease) and Marcin Zdeb (also Skyanger) to collaborate and the first result of their joint hard work was, released in late 2017, an EP entitled "The Prologue". The mini-album appeared digitally on every major streaming platform for free. Jan Jasiński was responsible for the, by the way, beautiful cover artwork (it's a work based on a painting by J.M.W. Turner) and it's a shame that we are not given the chance to admire it on a physical medium.

"The Prologue" is three songs closing in twelve minutes, and before you start wriggling your nose at the total duration, remember that it's not the length that matters, but the quality - and the tracks on this mini-album squash incredibly! Vane is melodic death metal with pirate stories and litres of rum in the lyrics. We have already dealt with maritime climates in heavy/power music (e.g. Running Wild or Alestorm), while representatives of heavier music rather avoided these waters - Vane shows that it is completely unnecessary, as stories about sea battles or crew revolts perfectly fit this type of music. They also bring a lot of refreshment to the genre, which is somewhat suffocating in its framework, and which is usually dominated by dark texts about wars, death or the occult. Finally something more original!

And how do the tracks look musically? The first number of the EP is "Born Again". - fast, energetic, with a chorus so indecently hit that it is hard to focus on the following compositions. A real cannonball, and the basis of the concert setlist. The work of the rhythm section literally knocks you into the armchair and Parandyk on vocals shines like a golden tooth in an old captain's jaws - awsome! "Edge of Cutlass" is more complex, but at the same time sharp as a cutlass. The Zambrzycki/Gajdzik duo is doing a great job here, Marcin Zdeb is also doing his best behind the drums. We have a catchy chorus, percussion cannonades, small tempo changes - it's impossible to get bored. On the third and at the same time last track, the band rushes ahead again, allowing the listener to catch his breath only before a short, melodic solo. The number itself is fine, but somehow it does not want to stay in the memory for a long time - probably the first two compositions set the bar too high.

"The Prologue" defines the course that the ship under Vane's flag will sail, and woe betide those who find themselves within the range of its cannons. It's been a long time since I've heard such a good, new Polish band and to this day I still wonder how come I didn't come across them earlier. This is world-class music: powerful, energetic, polished (also in technical terms). If you haven't come across these guys yet, you should definitely catch up with them.

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