Exposé Online banner

Satellite — Into the Night
(Metal Mind MMP CD 0559, 2007, CD)

by Paul Hightower, Published 2008-10-01

Into the Night Cover art

Satellite are a Polish band who try to fuse modern rock and production methods with prog of the not so distant past. The songwriting has powerful dynamics and moments of clarity in the melodic lines, though the arrangements are stretched out with plenty of nooks and crannies to trap unsuspecting prog-heads and keep them entertained. Founder Wojtek Szadkowski was a driving force in Collage and it’s possible to draw parallels between the two bands. Singer Robert Amirian, guitarist Sarhan Kubelski, bassist Jarek Michalski, and keyboard player Krzysiek Palcczewski give Szadkowski a formidable front line that acts solidly as a unit with little in the way of flashy grandstanding. The album jumps fairly quickly into the multi-part epic “Dreams” that should please fans of modern melodic prog like Spock’s Beard or Marillion, though fortunately Satellite has the sense to vary the material on the rest of the album enough to keep tedium at bay. “Downtown Skyline” imparts some of Porcupine Tree’s dreamy atmospherics paired with hard rock crunch sensibility while the brief instrumental “Lights” reveals a great deal of maturity and sophistication in a compact package. “Heaven Can Wait” should please the Riverside and Dream Theatre crowd, though the album closer “Forgiven and Forgotten” would have fit on a Seal album with its urban-hip, soulful groovin’. Diversity within a common framework seems to be Satellite’s modus operandi and if this album isn’t your cup of tea it at least means this is a band worth keeping an eye on.


Filed under: New releases, Issue 36, 2007 releases

Related artist(s): Satellite

Latest news

2020-10-14
Audion Is Back in Business – Our esteemed colleague Alan Freeman has restarted Audion Magazine after a seven year hiatus. The new incarnation is available online on their Bandcamp site. Audion's history goes back to 1984, and included 58 issues up to 2013. Issue #59 is available now, and #60 is in the works. » Read more

2020-10-06
Romantic Warriors IV – Krautrock (Part 2) Is in the Works – Zeitgeist Media, the people who have brought us the great series of documentary films chronicling the history of progressive rock, are working on the second installment of their examination of German music. Krautrock 2 will focus on artists from Münich such as Guru Guru, Amon Düül II, Xhol Caravan, Kraan, Witthüser & Westrupp, and Popol Vuh. » Read more

2020-09-09
Simeon Coxe RIP – Simeon Coxe, best known for his experimental electronics in the band Silver Apples, has died at the age of 82. The band's 1968 debut album set the stage for both German electronic music and experimental punk music a decade later. Coxe died on September 8 from pulmonary fibrosis. » Read more

2020-09-05
Gary Peacock RIP – Legendary bassist Gary Peacock, veteran of many recordings and performances with Paul Bley, George Russell, Roland Kirk, Bill Evans, Tony Williams, and many more. » Read more

2020-07-22
Tim Smith RIP – Tim Smith, leader of the eccentric band Cardiacs, has died at the age of 59 after many years of health problems. Cardiacs was known for intense and complicated music that combined punk energy with the rhythmic and harmonic sophistication of progressive rock. » Read more


Previously in Exposé...

Brainstorm - Liquid Monster – This is German metal quintet Brainstorm’s seventh release to date and finds them in a more traditional frame of mind than most metal coming out of Europe these days. It seems that everyone else has...  (2006) » Read more



Listen & discover



Print issues