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Heavy, hard rockin' and with enough hooks to start a butchers shop.

Polish hard rock is not a phrase many can claim to be familiar with. Of the few acts plucked from their homeland to give the rest of the world what for, Kruk appear to be rising to the top of the pile.

Despite now being twelve years into their career, Kruk (meaning Raven) have been showcasing their AOR-tinged hard rock original material for only three years. And while it’s no great leap from previous efforts in 2009 debut ‘Before He’ll Kill You’ and its follow-up a couple of years later, ‘It Will Not Come Back’, the hard rockin’ Poles seem to have hit their stride on third album, ‘Be 3’.

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Barring the unnecessarily complicated ‘Master Blaster’, not a cover of the Stevie Wonder hit but a bizarre mix of AOR keyboards and hardcore screams, ‘Be 3’ is a fine and focused rock record. Taking many a cue from the likes of Deep Purple, Whitesnake and more recently Black Country Communion, Kruk know exactly what they want and they go hell for leather.

‘Rising Anger’, a monstrous opening slab of rock with its infectious, pumping bassline and powerful Tomasz Wiśniewski vocals sets the tone. Some excellent guitar work by Piotr Brzychcy tees up some huge choruses and by the time ‘Calling You’ begins the band really spreads its wings. Along with a superb rhythm section in bassist Krzysiek Nowak and Darek Nawara on drums and terrific use of the organ by Michał Kuryś, the aggressive guitars of ‘It’s Gone’ is a particular highlight. Heavy, hard rockin’ and with enough hooks to start a butchers shop, ‘Be 3’ is one to look out for.

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