Ratings and Reviews
Although pricey for a scant 36 minutes of music, every track is worth more than a casual or single listen. Intended as a "companion" to the far stronger Fractured, I'm not convinced this longish EP deserved a separate release. I would have preferred it to be fully integrated with Fractured, or included as bonus tracks or an EP with the previous release. Nevertheless, i'm glad to have purchased it. It adds mood and texture to the more dynamic Fractured and I prefer to listen to both together, alternating tracks. As one, they make for an outstanding Lunatic Soul release.
About Lunatic Soul
A progressive rock band whose approach embraces electronic and new age influences, Lunatic Soul is a project led by Mariusz Duda, also known as the bassist and singer with the group Riverside. Born in Poland on September 25, 1975, Duda's musical career began in the '90s when he joined the heavy prog band Xanadu, appearing on their album Wczorajsze ślady. In 2002, Duda became a founding member of Riverside, a group whose music fused elements of progressive rock and heavy metal. In 2008, looking for an outlet for his compositions that didn't suit Riverside, he recorded a solo album under the name Lunatic Soul. Built around arrangements that included no guitars, Lunatic Soul's self-titled debut album appeared in October 2008, and rose to number 23 on the Polish album charts. From this point on, Duda divided his time between Riverside and Lunatic Soul, releasing Lunatic Soul II in November 2010, Impressions a year later, and Walking on a Flashlight Beam in October 2014. In 2016, Duda took time away from both Riverside and Lunatic Soul to record a collaborative session with guitarist Maciej Meller of Quidam and drummer Maciej Gołyźniak of Sorry Boys. Credited to Meller Gołyźniak Duda, Breaking Habits featured Duda on bass and vocals; he also wrote the lyrics for the songs. In June 2017 Duda unveiled the fifth Lunatic Soul album, Fractured, a set of songs inspired by a challenging period in his personal life. ~ Mark Deming