Disperse: Living Mirrors

Promising though slightly flawed progressive metal

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Three years ago, these young Poles caused minor ripples in the progressive metal pond with their impressive debut album, Journey Through The Hidden Gardens. Since then, the band have supported Marillion and taken their time working on the follow-up.

Unsurprisingly, then, the quartet sound more accomplished than ever before, though their biography’s suggestion that they could fill “the void left by Pink Floyd” is utter hogwash. Disperse’s modus operandi strides beyond the boundaries of neo-prog to incorporate elements of metal, jazz fusion, djent, melodic rock and even a hint of pop.

Though there are times when it all becomes a little too dense and claustrophobic for comfort, you’ll still marvel at the Allan Holdsworth-inspired technique of fretboard master Jakub Zytecki, who as co-founder and producer seems to be the group’s answer to Dream Theater’s John Petrucci. As well as contributing rich layers of keyboards, the voice of Rafał Biernacki complements the ambient feel of Message From Atlantis but, regrettably, fails to follow suit when the going becomes harder.

Dave Ling

Dave Ling was a co-founder of Classic Rock magazine. His words have appeared in a variety of music publications, including RAW, Kerrang!, Metal Hammer, Prog, Rock Candy, Fireworks and Sounds. Dave’s life was shaped in 1974 through the purchase of a copy of Sweet’s album ‘Sweet Fanny Adams’, along with early gig experiences from Status Quo, Rush, Iron Maiden, AC/DC, Yes and Queen. As a lifelong season ticket holder of Crystal Palace FC, he is completely incapable of uttering the word ‘Br***ton’.