Skawalker – Skawalker [1992]

Country Poland          Style Hard Rock

Rating 82/100

Band Members
Grzegorz “Skawalker” Skawiński – Lead Vocals, Lead Guitars, Waldemarem Tkaczykiem – Bass, Zbigniewem Kraszewskim – Drums, Piotrem Łukaszewskim – Rhythm Guitar, Sławomir Łosowski – Keyboards

Tracks
01. Call Me Skywalker (4:11), 02. Track Me Down (4:20), 03. She Sounds Nice (4:42), 04. That’s It (4:20), 05. Ahead (4:08), 06. Give It To Me (4:19), 07. Don’t Wanna Be Alone (5:13), 08. Island Of Grief (5:27), 09. No Way Is Straight Enough (5:25), 10. Where The Peaceful Waters Flow (5:11)

Profile Grzegorz “Skawalker” Skawiński is considered the “polish Satriani”. He’s career started in the famous pop band Kombi, which goes to a three and a half month USA tour in 1986. Skawiński has the opportunity to see live guitar virtuosos such as Stevie Vai, Paul Gilbert and Vinnie Moore. That’s when his head began to give birth to new ideas shaped to play this kind of style.

Debut “Skawinski” (1989), a mix of instrumentals with some fine AOR edged songs, gained positive feedback from America. Featured in Guitar Player magazine, and gathered favorable reviews from industry professionals like Mike Varney, encouraged the musicians to the way forward in this direction.

A year later, with his long time friend Waldemarem Tkaczykiem, set up a band: “SKAWALKER”, named in tribute to the Star Wars hero and of course, his last name. The group start writing new material and rehearsing four times a week in a basement shop for over a year. Then, they began the recording sessions for this album, produced with the help of many colleagues.

Grzegorz is a great player, has a powerful tone and clear sound, playing fluid intense solos not to be missed. All the songs featured here are really good, emotional midtempos and meaty melodic hardrockers. Eight of the 10 tracks are sung in english, one polish, and the last one is a beautiful instrumental. Production job is first rate, crisp and tight, giving each performance it’s chance to be heard and appreciated clearly.

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