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Product Details

  • Audio CD (August 3, 2010)
  • Original Release Date: 2010
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Eagle Records (Fontana)
  • ASIN: B003S6T5XG
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #439,572 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Formed in 2003, Votum have delivered their more mature,
ambitious and atmospheric piece of work a concept
album entitled Metafiction . This masterpiece will not
leave anyone disappointed. Fans of Anathema, Opeth and
Porcupine Tree are will certainly embrace Metafiction .
Votum is not only concerned with sound though. The band
pays the utmost attention to song lyrics, which, like the
music, function as a sort of a binding material for the
compositions. In addition, rich visual setting is provided by
Mindfield Art Group and serves as a background for the
pieces. The merging of music, lyrics and visual artwork, as
well as the ensuing emotional expression, have been the
key concepts for the creation of the new album. Their main
concern is not any particular style of music, but the
atmosphere pouring out of it.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Paul Watson on April 1, 2010
This is another prime slice of top quality Progressive Rock from Poland. They seem to breed them there like Rabbits, and if you look at the amount of Prog Rock DVDs coming out of Krakow especially, it is time to take notice. I read in a recent edition of Classic Rock Magazine that had a very small review of this album quoting it to be the missing link between Porcupine Tree and Opeth. Interesting. Any band that has a reference to Porcupine Tree is worth investigating. Strange thing though that when I first listened to this album I was immediately reminded of Riverside and another quality Polish Band, Satellite. If you mixed the vocals of those two bands, you will get a valuable impression of what this band sounds like. However, thats not all. As with Marius Dudas (Vocallist of Riverside) on their 1st album, there was a quick reference to Doom growls on the title track "Out of Myself" towards the end of the track, proving he can mix it if he wants. Same goes with this album. You have to check out the brief menacing growls on "Stranger than fiction". I do not like the Grunts and growls that come with Doom and Death Metal bands, but this is used appropriately and is not over-indulgent. I am also surprised that Classic Rock did not give US 70s Pomp Rock band Styx a mention, because on the more intense high vocal parts, those of you who are familiar with Styx will have no option but to agree with me of the similarities. The standout track for me is "December 20". Again, it reeks of Riverside in ALL departments, especially the stuttering heavy guitar riffs. With the rising popularity of Riverside and the increasing interest in Modern Progressive Rock music, I sincerely believe that we will be hearing more from this wonderful band. Definitely a must have for Riverside fans, and their previous album "Time must have a Stop" from 2008 is just as brilliant.
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By Jason M. Spencer on February 4, 2013
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Votum is a band with much potential. I recently discovered them, and I fell in love with their melancholy, profound music in the vein of Riverside. Votum indeed is profound. While their music style tends to be softer, deeper, and moodier; their lyrical content is a punch in the gut. They do resemble Riverside in some slight ways, but no more than how some progressive metal bands resemble Dream Theater---the comparison is there, but is of little consequence.

More specifically, Votum has a great mix of music here. I have not purchased their first album yet (though I plan to), and I have heard that it is heavier than "Metafiction". That being said, this album is full of ballads with a few heavier songs thrown in the mix. This does not pull the album down at all, although I will admit that during the first few listens I was wishing for some heavier songs. I must point out, however, that this wish was merely because Votum is so good at the heavy stuff. There are two heavier songs on this album, and both of them are fantastic and very progressive. Overall, though, props should be given to the vocalist and the drummer here. The vocals are outstanding; they are technically incredible as well as emotionally vulnerable. The emotion really comes through here, and this is something I love. The drummer is also to be commended. He concocts some great and unique beats, and does not try to steal the show when the emphasis is on the lyrics or the breathy vocals. All the musicians in this band are exceptional, however.

The theme of this album centers on the idea that we have more than we know. It tells the sad story of a suicidal man who does not stop to see all that he has in the love of his wife and family---and he has even more than that (as seen in the final track).
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VOTUM / "Metafiction" Poland

While year 2009 was preparing its departure i was already thinking of 2010's first album reviews.I was longing for the new year to bring me surprises..and so it did! With Polish band reviews it was the best that could happen to me. Votum with the very good release of 2008's "time must have a stop" is back with their "next epoch" .Votum continue carrying the element of surprise which is in fact the gift of the entire Polish prog scene which never lets you at easy,nothing is the same as before and never will ! An incredible good album,built on solid foundations and of course with my following remarks comes to complete the promoting for this album.Congratulations Mick ! "metafiction" is a
purely prog rock metal album. "falling dream" is a beautiful starting number ideal as an acoustic piece.Dual and utterly artistic vocals stand on a different base of introspective atmosphere.With track "Glassy essence" things change a little, it directly emerges with very heavy riffs and just when you think it will continue on this way it takes a deep plunge into melody by the Piano and Kosinski's magical voice. "home"is a slow ballad with a narrating and confessional fashion aiming on conceptional and lengthy parts. "faces" comes like mystical echoes with a following of guitars.
"stranger than fiction" could be the peak moment of this album of utter despair.. yes this singer can
easily scream,incredibly harsh vocals and a tune so fast and heavy,simply brilliant ! "indifferent " just dwells in melody to tear you apart and ultimately finish you."December 20th "is massive with all the weight falling on the keyboards here, heavy sounds and perfect production.
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