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LIZARD

Eclectic Prog • Poland


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LIZARD has a variety of influences. They intrigate Crimsonian influences with a spirit skin to that of their compatriots in COLLAGE. The vocals have a neo prog influence while the instrumental parts have an emphasis on the individual player's skill. The musicianship is intricate with complicated band interplay.

"W Galerii Czasu" reflects a strong influence of UK and ELP. The CD is produced really great ... no redundant effects and clear sound of all instruments. Now I'm convinced that this album is a masterpiece, a future classic of the Polish Art-Rock.

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3.61 | 53 ratings
W Galerii Czasu
1997
3.63 | 33 ratings
Psychopuls
2004
3.74 | 46 ratings
Tales From The Artichoke Wood
2005
3.22 | 25 ratings
Spam
2006
3.95 | 95 ratings
Master & M
2013
3.77 | 13 ratings
Trochę żółci, trochę więcej bieli
2016

LIZARD Live Albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

3.52 | 12 ratings
Noc Zywych Jaszczurów (Official Bootleg)
1999
3.33 | 3 ratings
One night in Holland (Boot)
2003
3.00 | 3 ratings
In The Land of Emerald Lizard (Boot)
2003
0.00 | 0 ratings
One Night in Holland
2003
3.63 | 8 ratings
Destruction and Little Pieces of Cheese
2015

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4.33 | 6 ratings
Strange Time
2013

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 Tales From The Artichoke Wood by LIZARD album cover Studio Album, 2005
3.74 | 46 ratings

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Tales From The Artichoke Wood
Lizard Eclectic Prog

Review by maryes

2 stars I want asking for my excuses to all PA Collaborators which gives a very high rate to this album ( 50% 4 stars + 22% 5 stars = 72% ) ! In my humble opinion this album don't deserves any note above 2 stars, and I write this after my last review about their first album "W Galerii Czasu" ( review (#1490296 Friday, November 20, 2015 ) where my rate is 5 stars . I recognize in this work almost the same influences and mix of progressive rock music styles , but, at this time the final results is boring , whit a few exceptions. One of this few moments as in the Track 1"Tales from the Artichoke Wood Part I ", Track 4 "Vicent : Impressiom III" and Track 8 "Pablo: Impressiom II (with a middle section clearly inspired by King Crimson) , however , without the same "bright" of "W Galerii Czasu" . How I've previous said my rate is 2 stars !!!
 W Galerii Czasu by LIZARD album cover Studio Album, 1997
3.61 | 53 ratings

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W Galerii Czasu
Lizard Eclectic Prog

Review by maryes

5 stars I consider this first album from Polish band LIZARD "W Galerii Czasu", a very good late 90's release, and a very well done mix of some progressive East's European bands. In my first and superficial impression the band shows a great influence of bands like M.EFFEKT and PROGRESS II ... this last mainly by the work in " Dialog s vesm'rem" (both from Czech Republic), their countryman from COLLAGE and some hints of KING CRIMSON. The band "cross" between countless of progressive rock styles : heavy-prog in the track 4 "Strefa cienia " where about 1 min 48 sec exists a brief intermission in King Crimson mood and this K C mood returns in a diferent way about 3 min 34 sec.- a bit of jazz-prog mixed with a ballad theme in the track 6 "W krainie szmaragdowego jaszczura" ... This album is a must , all tracks are fantastic, the musicians are skilled and the arrangements exceptional. My rate is 5 stars !!!
 W Galerii Czasu by LIZARD album cover Studio Album, 1997
3.61 | 53 ratings

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W Galerii Czasu
Lizard Eclectic Prog

Review by apps79
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

3 stars Although formed in Bielsko-Biala, Poland in 1990, Lizard escaped right from the start from the typical Neo Prog sound of the local bands.Singer Damian Bydlinski, guitarist Miroslaw Worek, keyboardist Andrzej Jancza, bassist/guitarist Janusz Tanistra and drummer Mariusz Szulakowski were the original members, who focused on recording the first demo tapes of Lizard and building a cult fame through live appearances.In 1996 the band came to the attention of the Polish label Ars Mundi and the same year they recorded their debut ''W galerii czasu'' (''In the gallery of time'') at the SL Studio in Gdansk, released in 1997.

When you take your name from a KING CRIMSON album, it's impossible not to include some hints of the British legends to your sound.But being a Prog Rock band, developing your style in Poland through the 90's, the Neo/Symphonic Prog vibes are almost impossible not to be part of your music.These two styles led Lizard to their debut, they tried to evoke the sound of COLLAGE or ANNALIST and pass it through a personal filter, which contained the darkness and complexity of KING CRIMSON's offerings.While not fully convincing or moreover cohesive, the result was definitely enganging and quite personal.Echoes of PINK FLOYD, MARILLION and KING CRIMSON are evident throughout the album.Plenty of atmospheric passages and intricate instrumental work, complemented by Bydlinski's theatrical vocals are main elements of Lizard's debut.The keyboard and piano parts are falling fairly into a more symphonic enviroment, but most of the guitar parts are complex and tricky with light jazzy influences and occasional breaks into heavier textures.The music generally is pretty dramatic and sinister with more romantic/atmospheric overtones in particular moments, as the band avoids approaching to melodious themes and prefers to offer rhythmic, dark or atmospheric variations.The long closer ''W krainie szmaragdowego jaszczura'' pretty much defines what Lizard were born to do.Experimental touches, mid-70's GENESIS and even SBB influences in the instrumental and vocal passages, nice and heavy guitar moves and an excellent closing theme, somewhere between PINK FLOYD and MARILLION, with evolving piano and synth lines and a growing guitar sound.

Metal Mind re-released the album in 2003 with some extra material from lives.An intricate mix of Polish Neo Prog and KING CRIMSON-esque Heavy Prog with both good and mediocre moments, but satisfying enough to earn a recommendation.

 Master & M by LIZARD album cover Studio Album, 2013
3.95 | 95 ratings

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Master & M
Lizard Eclectic Prog

Review by tszirmay
Special Collaborator Crossover Team

5 stars Lizard is a distinguished prog band that has kept its flame going for a few decades now, releasing a few spectacular albums (the tasty debut and Tales from the Artichoke Wood) as well as a few lesser successful attempts (Psychopuls and Spam). Guitarist and vocalist Damian Bydlinski as well as bassist Janusz Tanistra still lead the group from Poland but have added new blood on guitars, keyboards and drums with this rather sparkling album. The inspiration to create a brooding, aggressive and pulsating work is obvious from the get- go, Damian never compromising in singing in his native language which gives their music so much personality and creative merit. Tanistra shows off his considerable bass skills with a trebly sound that harkens back to Squire days but within his very own style. The disc is divided into 5 chapters but must be listened to as a whole, which was clearly the intention. Source material (yeah, its prog!) is the celebrated Russian novel 'The Master and Margarita' by Mikhael Bulgakov , written between 1928 and 1940 but unpublished until 1967. It 's a story woven around a visit by the Devil to the dictatorial and atheistic Soviet Union. Needless to say that bashing the former overlord after 50 years of cultural enslavement is a passion shared to this day by most Poles and Hungarians in particular!

Divided into 5 chapters , the music is tremendously effective even if one does not understand the language. There is a new wind in Polish prog , a new found vigor and energy that is highly evident in recent releases by stalwarts like Riverside, Millenium, Believe, After and Satellite, as well as newcomers like Soma White, Votum, Lebowski and many others. Characterized by modern keyboard techniques, harder edged guitar pyrotechnics as well as bold incursions into a fantasyland of tones and sounds that are truly magnificent. The live scene is also vibrant (check out all the Katowice live DVD releases, amazing!) and Lizard pull no punches, as their new theatrical material is totally resplendent, giving the listener a curiously imaginative experience that transcends the expected and formulaic.

'Chapter I' is a bombastic, dive bombing flurry of tortured guitars, deranged synths, goose- stepping bass and dictatorial drums, over which Damian unleashes a Polish version of Marillion-era Fish theatrics. Starting out with careening screeches, somber reptiles lurking in the Gdansk shipyards waiting for that one day to be unleashed by events beyond the secret police's talons. Echoes of stolid depression and barely contained rancor, the atmospherics are as overbearing as a five-year plan of gross incompetence and elitist corruption. Ominous sounds that morph into a steamroller riff, a relentless monolith, all held together with some catchy soloing of the finest caliber!

The beginning of 'Chapter II' is the polar (pun again) opposite, a trembling vocal-only that nods at early King Crimson, reinforced as the booming torrent kicks in lustily, just like 'in the Wake of Poseidon', not surprising in lieu of Lizard's early career as a KC cover band. The hints are obvious and highly reverential, as the Crimson King was quite popular behind the once Iron Curtain, a band that always, like them or not, stretched the boundaries of acceptability and norm. Axeman Daniel Kurtyka squeezes some zealous passion out of his electrified strings, while new drummer Aleksander Szalajko prefers a muscular approach, making this a lively and intense affair.

'Chapter III' is short, breezier and chattier, Damian rambling nicely over some clavinet and funky guitar riffs, as the bass powers through the arrangement, thus displaying a much wider and cinematographic tendency. Doesn't stop Kurtyka to mistreat his instrument and the assorted pedals at his disposal. After the explosive climax, gentle ripples of sweet synth and pastoral acoustic riffing returns. A jazzier side that is most welcome, almost like a Polish Stealy Dan!

'Chapter IV' is the same 7 minutes in length as the preceding piece and perhaps my favorite on this inspired disc, a highly evocative groove piece loaded up with unbridled emotion, subtle playing and a foreboding sense of doom. This is exactly my style, a contrast between menacing and pastoral, simple technically but oh so cool as the electric piano suddenly relays a stupendous vibe! Tanistra cuts a fierce bass solo through the jangly riffing, just propelling this amazing piece forward. I mean, wow! Stunning!

'Chapter V' has that deadly combination of acoustic guitar, mellotron and vocals, a progressive classic formula if there ever was one. A brilliant 13 minute + finale forces the listener to succumb to the trials and tribulations of denial as well as political survival, just like the Devil dealt with the Politburo! Undelivered promises and caged suffering that thankfully lasted only 50 years, a slew of minds released from oppressive bondage and rigorous incompetence! These thoughts are perfectly expressed by the twisting and colliding instrumentation, harsh riffs and immovable pulsations. Vitriolic cascades of KGB keys, crushing Gulag guitars, nasty Beria bass and Stalinist drumming.

'Master & M' represents Lizard's finest achievement and an all-out 2013 classic! A finely crafted and entertaining symphonic prog album that will please all fans, even those who do not comprehend the lyrics. The music thus will speak for itself! The brooding cover art eerily resembles the Flower Kings latest, lots of metallic gray amid a splotch of red, a wink at the oppression suffered by the Central and Eastern Europeans alike.

5 Barbed wires

 Master & M by LIZARD album cover Studio Album, 2013
3.95 | 95 ratings

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Master & M
Lizard Eclectic Prog

Review by BrufordFreak
Collaborator Jazz-Rock / Fusion / Canterbury Team

5 stars Probably the coolest album I've heard from 2013 and definitely the one I'm most hooked on. Not since MAD CRAYON's 2009 release, Preda, have I heard an album with so many diverse influences so well melded together. There's KING CRIMSON--lots of King Crimson--but the band has somehow enmeshed within it sounds and styles from 80s techno pop (I hear THE BLOW MONKEYS, KAJAGOOGOO, ABC, ICEHOUSE, GENE LOVES JEZEBEL, and, especially, MINIMAL COMPACT), 70s metal (the reminder of BLUE OYSTER CULT--especially in Buck Dharma-like lead guitar soli--is strong), 80s pop metal (DEF LEPPARD and WHITESNAKE immediately come to mind) and even late-70s jazz fusion (e.g., EARL KLUGH, BOB JAMES, FREDDY HUBBARD, NARADA MICHAEL WALDEN), all covered with amazingly gorgeous and powerful vocals--all sung in Polish! Infinitely melodious yet interestingly constructed and, amazingly well mixed/engineered and produced. Amazingly, I have to give five star ratings to all of the songs (all given the simple designation of "Chapter," I through V) with four of them achieving my own personal (10/10) highest rating. If the album has a weakness it would be in the fairly straightforward drumming and predominance of straight rock time signatures. The singing of founding member, Damian Bydliński, the bass playing of the only other member from the original band, Janusz Tanistra, the keyboard work of newcomer Pawel Fabrowicz, and the electric guitar work of Daniel Kurtyka are all extraordinary--top notch--each a real joy to tune into.

Man, Poland and Italy are where it's at in ProgWorld these days!

4.5 stars rated up for creative originality.

 Master & M by LIZARD album cover Studio Album, 2013
3.95 | 95 ratings

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Master & M
Lizard Eclectic Prog

Review by kev rowland
Special Collaborator Crossover Prog Team

4 stars For some reason it has taken seven years for Lizard to return with their fourth album, but at thankfully this has been worth the wait as this is their best album to date. Only founder and songwriter Damian Bydliński (vocal, guitar, guitar synthesizers) and Janusz Tanistra (bass) are still there from the last album, so obviously there have been lots of things going on in the background, but the music and package has obviously been taken a step further than previously. I only wish that I could speak Polish as the vocals and lyrics are obviously incredibly important as it is based on Bulgakov's novel "The Master and Margarita" (which I haven't read, but a Russian proghead I know was ecstatic when he heard about this release as Lizard is one of his favourite bands and this is one of his favourite books).

What makes this album work so well is the sheer variety of music that is contained within: broken into five chapters this contains influences from bands as diverse as King Crimson and SBB, that is definitely outside the mainstream but at times is strangely commercial as well. This is one of those prog albums that transcends language barriers, and while I am sure I would get more from it if I could speak the language, in this instance it just means that the vocals themselves become another instrument. There are periods of reflection, and others when the guitars are far more dramatic and in your face (having a second guitarist join the band has given them some additional facets, but they are definitely still eclectic as opposed to heavy).

Lizard have long been one of my favourite Polish prog bands, and this album has just cemented that view, as it really is quite special. Although the lyrics are in Polish, it is possible to view their website in English, thankfully. www.lizard-band.com

 Noc Zywych Jaszczurów (Official Bootleg)  by LIZARD album cover Live, 1999
3.52 | 12 ratings

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Noc Zywych Jaszczurów (Official Bootleg)
Lizard Eclectic Prog

Review by RaphaelT

3 stars LIZARD are a band I recommend to all lovers of KING CRIMSON and UK style. This is seems to be notorious fact about the band, but they really feel the sense of music of mentioned bands. Not only they are confident enough with their instruments to produce great versions of their idols' intricate classics, but they can develop the style for their own needs. And they have a lot to say, since their lyrics are amongst the best I've ever heard. Sadly, all their beauty is best shown when heard in their original language, Polish. This album shows two faces of early LIZARD: covers of KING CRIMSON and UK and their own material from first album "W Galerii Czasu". Of the first I most appreciate brave, dynamic version of "In The Dead of Night" and the opener "21st Century Schizoid Man" with the intriguing guitar middle part, great substitute for lacking saxophone. Of the latter, "W krainie szmaragdowego jaszczura" is standing out, with intensive closing section. The copy in my possession is Metal Mind 2003 rerelease and it is enriched with three live versions of tracks from the first album, namely "Autoportret", "Strefa Cienia" and "Ogród Przeznaczenia". Out of these I distinguish "Autoportret". I've never spotted such subtle keyboards in KING CRIMSON and lyrics are as dreamy as the best Sinfield's efforts. Moreover, they are sung in delicate way by Damian Bydliński. All in all, the great portrait of early LIZARD for those KING CRIMSON and UK fans who are looking for the band in this vein. However, LIZARD's style today is different and their shown their best with later albums as "Tales From Artichoke Woods" and "Spam". Therefore I mark it with three stars. More than an album for collectors only but this is not an excellent addition to any prog rock music collection. Not everyone has to love KING CRIMSON greatest followers.
 Spam by LIZARD album cover Studio Album, 2006
3.22 | 25 ratings

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Spam
Lizard Eclectic Prog

Review by Mellotron Storm
Prog Reviewer

3 stars LIZARD are one of those bands that i'd be a lot bigger fan of if they we're strictly all instrumental.The vocals are in Polish and unfortunately really take away from my enjoyment of the music. It is a disappointment because I really like their style as they have a KING CRIMSON flavour with violin and it can be quite dark at times.

"Spam # 1" opens with spoken vocals then it kicks in hard rather quickly before settling in with violin.Vocals and violin will lead the way although the guitar is prominant at times. It ends like it began. Good song except for the vocals. "Spam # 2" is dark then it kicks in KING CRIMSON- like. Passionate vocals before a minute. It stays heavy except for the brief light sections that come and go occassionaly. Love the heaviness though. "Spam # 3" opens with gentle guitar, violin and reserved vocals. A beat follows and it does pick up some later.

"Spam # 4" has this drum / guitar intro then the vocals and bass join in.Violin follows. I like the sound after 3 1/2 minutes when the vocals stop and the violin plays over the heaviness.Vocals are back late. "Spam # 5" is laid back but dark with reserved vocals. It picks up after 2 1/2 minutes. Violin a minute later when the vocals stop.Vocals are back 7 1/2 minutes in.Violin ends it. "Spam # 6" features gentle guitar and fragile vocals with piano.Violin arrives after 2 minutes then the tempo picks up. I like this one a lot,especially the long instrumental section.

"Psychopuls" is my favourite album from the band but this ranks as number two. Good record. 3.5 stars.

 Psychopuls by LIZARD album cover Studio Album, 2004
3.63 | 33 ratings

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Psychopuls
Lizard Eclectic Prog

Review by apps79
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

3 stars Another interesting and modern progressive rock band hailing from Poland,LIZARD were found in 1990 and spent the first six years of their existence on live performances,while they also recorded a demo tape.In 1997 they recorded an interesting debut named ''W Galerii Czasu'' with main influences being E.L.P. and KING CRIMSON.Almost seven years passed before the band released their sophomore work at the dawn of 2004,entitled ''Psychopuls''.This time their sound seems heavier and less polished,but the musicianship remains at a top level.As the name of the band indicates,LIZARD are much inspired by KING CRIMSON,especially by their ''Red''-era phase.The album contains lots of complicated guitars,sometime flirting with the roughness of DREAM THEATER,heavy use of synthesizers and mellotron (listen to the absolutely fantastic violin strings that pop up here and there),supported by dark yet gentle Polish vocals.If you could imagine a mix of complex mid-70's KING CRIMSON with a touch of neo prog in the vein of COLLAGE or ALBION,then you're very close to LIZARD's style.''Psychopuls'' is a work that requires a lot of careful listenings to be fully appreciated.An essential find for lovers of intricate,passionate music!
 W Galerii Czasu by LIZARD album cover Studio Album, 1997
3.61 | 53 ratings

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W Galerii Czasu
Lizard Eclectic Prog

Review by Patiquee

5 stars I cannot recall which neo-prog album made that kind of impression as Galerii Czasu did...

First of all: this album is nothing new in a prog-rock world. it didn't discover any new directions but...

Every track is a masterpiece. Well produced, fantastic twisted melodies, many tempo changes and especially great music ideas which created this songs in reach-arranged and brilliant performed compositions.

It is hard to pick one of those few which You can tell: this one is essence of entire album. Each of them has its own world but all together make it as a giant epic tale.

I am not gonna describe each song od this album. It's impossible to judge every sound without listening it as a whole.

Just listen to it and fall into the land of emerald lizard.

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