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One of Austria's best known guitarists is Milan Polak, whose past is quite colourful. Polak started playing the guitar at the age of 13 (1983), and already after two years of playing, the local magazines started to call him "the most talented guitarist of Austria". During his career, Polak has played and jammed with many well-known bands and musicians such as Jeff Waters (Annihilator), Dimebag Darrell (Pantera), Billy Sheehan (Mr. Big & Steve Vai), Steve Bailey, Marty Friedman (Megadeth) and Ken Hensley (Uriah Heep). In 1995 Polak played with Tangerine Dream to present their release 'Tyranny of Beauty'. Two years later he became the guitarist of Falco (the one and only internationally successful pop star in Austria, who even had no.1 smash-hit in the U.S. billboard charts called 'Rock Me Amadeus'). Tragically, their collaboration came to a sudden end when Falco died in a car-accident (the 6th of February in 1998). Polak has also been the guitarist and producer of Haddaway in 2001, when Haddaway tried to re-launch his career.
The music on Milan Polak's second solo album 'Dreamscapes' is somewhat varying. Partly the material is very apposite, but on the other hand there are also songs that aren't nearly as good as the 'highlights'. My personal favourites on this album are 'Dreamscapes', 'Spanish Romance', 'Slow Gold', 'Ground Zero' and 'Sometimes I Still Miss You'.
Production-wise Dreamscapes could be better. The sounds are quite fitting, but the distorted rhythm guitar on 'Shadowdance' doesn't sound too good. Also the drums could have been mixed better. Otherwise the sounds are appropriate though. All in all, Dreamscapes is quite diverse instrumental rock album that should have something to offer for everyone.
Release date: March 25th, 2005
There are samples available for download at Milan Polak's website.
Be sure to listen to samples of "Dreamscapes" and "Spanish Romance".
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- MAGE (March 12th, 2005)
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