.......THE BAND AND RECORD OF THE MONTH
. JANUARY 2015
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After some years the  band Solaris is back. Originating from Budapest Hungary, I consider this band as a landmark of the creativity in the years 80s, and that came with strong energy and full of originality, emerging with extreme power, between the decline of progressive rock in the world in that time. Composed of five young musicians, all well aligned with the commitment to create a captivating and different music. The band's name was originated from the Stanis Law Lem sci-fi novel, called Solaris. Their first album's title is a reference to The Martian Chronicles and obtained a world-wide progressive critics recognition. According to the original band members, their musical inspiration, was influenced by these - as other - sci-fi books. Since their first album, "Martian Chronicles", the Solaris' music impresses me by  pure instinct on catchy melodies, atmospheric arrangements, with extensive instrumental parts, always keeping the energy level and the power of the symphonic progressive rock, adding some Hungarian folk and medieval music, however, in an extremely sophisticated, without references and influences from others bands, their music is very and very original. Most songs composed by Solaris musicians, are instrumentals, the first, and the most famous work of the group, is totally instrumental, from the third album titled as "Nostradamus", they start using lyrical vocals, giving the compositions one new musical perspctiva and even more sophisticated. Now, after years of silence, the band returns to the world progressive scenery, releasing their last album titled as "Martian Chronicles II". Martian Chronicles II can be considered as the second part of their first album, as a sequence, or, what was hidden or closely guarded all these years, and only now revealed, however, was revealed with a precious style, including female vocals and other instruments that do not appear on the first album, but, the instrumental remains unique, and follows the same musical line from the first album. On this marvelous album, you will find long and short symphonic songs, including some melodic  compositions, as the previous album, however, the musical approach is more melodic and strongly symphonic, flutes, keyboards, guitars, bass and drums together, follow the same line from the first album, complementing with acoustic guitar, violin, saxophone and female vocals. "Martian Chronicles II" is an 8 tracks album with a total playing time of around 46 minutes, among all songs, despite that, I like all, I have my preferences to. The opening track "Marsbeli Kronikak II - First Movement" is very symphonic, with many atmospheric keyboards and soft guitar solos, where the flute dominates the composition, totally instrumental. Following, the second song "Marsbeli Kronikak II - Second - Sixth Movement" is the best on the album, brings together a number of orchestrations, including lyrical and atmospheric vocals, violin adorns algunas parts, drums and bass follow in a steady and remarkable pace, however, are amazing quitarra soils that fully supports the composition. "Marsbeli Kronikak II - Seventh Movement" is another fantastic song, closing the Suite, having as the main element, the vocals from Krasznai Tünde, giving the song one mystical atmosphere, and following with amazing quitars soils. "Hangok A Multbol - Parts 1 and 2" (Voices From The Past - Parts One and Two) is another fantastic song, may be the second best track from this album, flutes, guitars and keyboards follow in a constant symphony fight, in a perfect combination. Closing my preferences "A Vilag Nelkulunk" (The World Without Us), "Az Emberbogarak Buszkesege" (The Pride Of Human Insects) and "Lehetetlen" are so beautiful, they sound like the end of the second part from "The Martian Chronicles". May be that, soon, we will have the "Third Part, The Conclusion", Who Knows? For best describe the band's style today, and their music on their albums we can say that, if you like "Camel", "Novalis", "Pink Floyd", "Genesis", "Eloy", "Jethro Tull", "Focus", "Manfred Mann's Earth Band" and others famous Prog Rock Bands, you will love Solaris. Brilliant and fantastic, an amazing album and band, highly recommendable...

The line-up on Solaris today  are:
Attila Kollar - Flute
Csaba Bogdan - Guitars
Robert Erdesz - Keyboards
Attila Seres - Bass
Laszlo Gomor - Drums
Ferenc Raus - Drums
 

SOLARIS

The Solaris was founded in Febuary, 1980 in Budapest, Hungary by university students and they loved the progressive rock music and the science fiction. The founder members of the Solaris are: Erdész Róbert - keyboards, Cziglán István - guitar, Kollár Attila - flute, Seres Attila - bass, Tóth Vilmos - drums). The band was received this name from Stanislaw Lem's science fiction writer book called Solaris. Almost all his acquisitions instrumental, doesn't contain any text.

First period 

The band was formed on 20 February 1980, mainly due to some school friendships. István Cziglán approached Robert Erdész that the Pesti Musor (contemporary cultural magazine) talent contest with a band should be. The name already decided when they was just two of them formed the band: a tribute to one of the greatest science fiction classic, Stanislaw Lem. It also shows that science fiction is not only a common passion next to the music, but also a kind of thematic framework for them. Concept albums and singular, almost without exception, inspired by science fiction.

The members of the first lineup:

István Cziglán (Czigi) - guitar, Robert Erdész (Robi) - organ, Attila Kollár (Bilus) - flute Attila Seres (Jata) - bass and Vilmos Toth (Vili) - drums.

Kollár, Seres and Czigi previously played in the Monocle band. Sándor Bayer, the first candidate recommended drummer Vilmos Toth. The first song in the competition was made during three days, this still was virtually unchanged Solaris opus. The qualifier had already passed and had to present twenty-minute show in the final, it could be completed in just one month. This is the backbone of Martian Chronicles.

With luck, their manager on 1980. March 20 also came in the person of István Tereh, which at that time was not a common phenomenon, especially not an absolute beginner Orchestra. 1980. April 13 PM took place the PM Talent final in Metro-club. Both the jury and the audience was well received by the Hungarian novel progressive music. The final of the Budai Ifjúsági Park (Youth Park of Buda) was obtained in "small disk" (one song vinyl) recording option, even right there in the recording was made, was a concert recording.

Over the next few years, a half-hour show, university clubs and building camps have occurred throughout the country. Even in September 1980 left Jata (Attila Seres) and replace it with Gabor Kisszabo (ex-Osiris) joined the band. The Solaris members today, this event is considered as the first period of closure.

Second period

Gabor Kisszabo appreciation of the arrival of the rhythm section brought about by the first joint number, as the "Eden" shows. The spring of 1981 a large Polish tour passed. While István Cziglán was soldier Roza Gabor, and once Tibor Gellert jumped into the action. Faced with this situation has been a constant member of the band Csaba Bogdan (ex-Hydrogen, ex-Beatrice), who is also the Hydrogen played together with Gabor, and debut at 1981 September 12 th. on the Szombathely rock festival. Csaba Bogdan took it towards the rock music of the team, what the 'Apocalypse' or the 'Oz' songs indicate on.

Vilmos Toth's militery draft again upset the membership Ferenc Raus took place. When Czigi left the army, again brought a new world of sound, the two guitarists lineup. At 1982. March 31 was the first huge show in the Budapest Sports Arena, which was a result of an invitation to Prague. Kollar Attila played in Prague with broken knuckle.

In 1982, it seemed the Hungaroton issue refuses to instrumental music. This was the reason of the break to two parts of Solaris. In this era they already have a full album material, the NOAB that never appeared in studio album (the Archive 2 album was put together various concerts passages).

Third period

The Solaris first album, the Martian Chronicles Ray Bradbury's novel classical musical vision. In May 1984, and more than 40,000 copies sold in Hungary, and in 1988 the Japanese KING-records bought and began to spread all over the world. The disc has slowly become the progressive rock classic piece.

The members of the band:
István Cziglán - guitar, Robert Erdész - keyboards, Laszlo Gömör - drums, Pócs Thomas - bass, Attila Kollar - flute. Contributors: Csaba Bogdan - guitar, Gabor Kisszabo - bass, Vilmos Toth - Drums and Ferenc Raus - drums.

Fourth era

Solaris 7 April 1986 officially said goodbye to the audience. Later, the band Lilla Vincze supplemented founded one of the most successful singers of the 80s and 90s rock bands, the Napoleon Boulevard.

In 1990 he published 'Solaris 1990' with the no longer existing Solaris album will unpublished works.

In 1995, the Los Angeles Syn-Phonic Prog producer, Greg Walker officially invited the band (disappeared for nearly nine years) to a concert in Los Angeles. The Los Angeles Art Theatre was sold out and received great enthusiasm in the 80s was written for Solaris numbers. 

The concert recording French Musea rent immediately offered a contract with the band, the video recordings on CD and in publishing. The Solaris Live in Los Angeles in 1996, appeared in the Hungarian distributor of Solaris future success of enduring merit author Periferic Records.

The double album live premiere in Rio de Janeiro was in 1996, appearance at the same time. At the same place, invited the band create a new album. This was the Nostradamus - Book Prophecies album.

In 1998, an irreplaceable loss in the band: one of the founding members, guitarist István Cziglán suddenly and shockingly young age, passed away at the age of 39. The band members are all thought to be doing anything at any time, even as the future of Solaris, in any event, will be part of CZIGI, with whom he created the music and content with frame within which the Solaris band has always existed. And which do not seek to change the future.

In 1999, 16 years after the band's new studio albums, Nostradamus - Book of Prophecies. The first live presentation in the same year in Washington and New York at the Bethlehem Nearfest took place.

In 2000, an edition of the trilogy begun Solaris Archive title, which presents the band career through original concert footage. In this series so far, the first two albums were released.

In 2001, Mexico, Baja Prog Solaris guests: California , and Mexico City were independent concert.

In 2004, Monterrey was presented in separate double concert in the Book of Prophecies in the Mexican audience.

Hungary, April 23, 2006, was 20 years after the farewell concert three and a half hour concert at the Palace of Arts and covers almost the entire music material Solaris career.

In December 2007, the band released the first DVD of Nostradamus - Live in Mexico, which includes the 2004 Mexican material for their actions. The publication also includes a CD-Annex.

On 7 November 2010, the band released the 30 Anniversary of the past 15 years in Los Angeles full content concert DVD, Live in Los Angeles.

In August 2011, Tamás Pócs left the band.

September 7, 2013, in the Palace of Arts was re-staged in the band, starting with a Lifetime Achievement concert series. The concert was unique in that first period of the Solaris oeuvre, between the years 1980-1982 was covered. Since the 20-hour concert tickets sold out months in advance in advance (after the announcement a few days), so at 16 o'clock the orchestra played. These concerts are very comfortable waiting founding drummer, Vilmos Toth also. Just weeks after the concert learned shocked bandmate's death in August.

The concert series continues on 26 October 2014, the Palace of Arts, when the next era of musical material roam around.

Members 
Csaba Bogdan - Guitar, Robert Erdész - Synthesizer, Laszlo Gömör - Drums, Gabor Kisszabo - Bass and Attila Kollar - Flute

Pócs Tamás - Bass (1982-2011), Ferenc Rauschenberger - Drums (1981-1982), Attila Seres - Bass (1980), Vilmos Toth (Deceased In 2013) - Drums (1980-1981) and István Cziglán (Deceased In 1998) - Guitar

The band members expect perpetual Manager, István Tereh well.

New Release

"Marsbeli Kronikak II"

01) Marsbeli Kronikak II
......1 mozgás
02) Marsbeli Kronikak II
......2-6 mozgás
03) Marsbeli Kronikak II
......7 mozgás
04) Hangok A Multbol
......Parts 1 and 2
05) A Vilag Nelkulunk
06) Az Emberbogarak
......Buszkesege
07) Lehetetlen
08) Alien Song

For order Solaris CDs, Vynils and DVDs, contact Periferic Records.

You can visit Solaris at Facebook Page.

Also at
Youtube
Solaris - Marsbéli Krónikák II

Solaris - Lehetetlen / Impossible

Solaris - Nostradamus Live In Mexico - (I Teatro de la Ciudad)

Solaris - Eden

Solaris - A viking visszatér

Solaris - Book Of Prophecies (Part II)

Solaris - Wargames

Solaris - Marsbéli Krónikák I (The Martian Chronicles)

I want to thanks my great Hungarian friends, Attila Kollár, Bosnyák László, Molnár Krisztina and Róbert Abai, who affectionately welcomed me in Budapest, Hungary, and provide me an immense joy to and unique experience to have the opportunity to watch and photograph this wonderful event, which was the show this spectacular band called Solaris in October 26th, 2014, at Palace of Arts in Budapest.


From left to right: Attila Kollár, Carlos Vaz and Bosnyák László


Thanks Róbert Abai for this picture.

 

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