There have been some impressive rock bands that have emerged from Poland over the years and made their way onto the Polish and the international music scene. This article will give you a taste of Polish rock music and introduce you to 3 of the best Polish rock bands that I think are worth listening to.
In one of my previous articles, I have talked about some awesome stoner rock bands, 2 of which – Belzebong and Dopelord – are Polish. So, make sure you check out that article for more quality rock!
Kult is a Polish rock band that was founded in 1982 in Warsaw by Kazik Staszewski and Piotr Wieteska. Their music has its roots in punk and progressive rock, with alternative rock and even jazz influences. Their sound is original and easily recognizable due to the keyboards and wind instruments (saxophone and horn) that they have incorporated in their music.
Kult has distinguished itself for being a protest band whose music and provocative lyrics have been directed against “the system” (source). Although during the Communist era they faced censorship, they started attracting attention. Especially after 1989, the band started to gain more popularity and enjoyed success. So far, they have released 13 studio albums and two live albums.
Another remarkable Polish rock band is Coma, founded in 1998 in Łódź and which, unfortunately for their fans, disbanded in 2019. Their style is a combination of alternative rock, post-grunge, and hard rock. The band, originally called Voo Doo Act, was started by Dominik Witczak (guitar) and Tomasz Stasiak (drums). After repeated failed attempts of finding a guitar player, they have come into Rafał Matuszak. The three got along very well and got so enthusiastic about the music project that they promised to rock together until the last day, sealing this vow with blood. Then Wojciech Grenda (later replaced by Marcin Kobza) and Piotr Rogucki joined the band.
Coma has released 8 studio albums and 3 live albums, for which they have been awarded numerous distinctions. During their years of existence as a band, they had shared the stage with resonant bands like Linkin Park, Pearl Jam, or Tool.
Riverside is a Polish rock band formed in Warsaw in 2001. They are described as a progressive rock band with some atmospheric rock and metal elements, whose sound can be compared with Porcupine Tree or Dream Theater, according to Wikipedia. Their first album, Out of myself, was released in 2003 and brought the band great success all around Poland. It was positively received also abroad, thus in 2004, it was released on Laser’s Edge label, and was classified as the best debut by many magazines and websites.
Riverside’s second album, Voices in My Head, enjoyed even more success than their first release, holding 62nd place in the top 100 prog albums and being rated as the no. 1 album of 2005 (source). Since then, they have been one of the most popular Polish bands, with 7 studio albums released and constantly in the spotlight.