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COMA
Biografie

Coma is, without a doubt, one of the most renowned bands in contemporary Poland. Distinguished by their platinum selling records, elaborate stage shows, and a following whose loyalty brings them near cult status, the group’s ascent from a post industrial city to stardom is astonishing.

Let’s back track to 1998, nine years after the fall of communism, in the city of LODZ. Opportunity was sparse and most young people found little alternative to just getting wasted, smoking dope, and engaging in full-on hooliganism. Decaying abandoned factories and rundown Soviet-style apartment blocks virtually made LODZ one of the most unattractive cities in Poland. The bleak landscape disenfranchised many people. Despite such conditions, the town had gradually developed into an epicenter for artists and musicians, a kind of Eastern European version of Manchester, England. Perhaps to escape a future drowned in alcoholism, some took to music, particularly young dreamers who devoted their time to punk, metal, and hard rock. In the decade that followed 1998, vocalist Piotr Rogucki, guitarist Dominik Witczak, guitarist Marcin Kobza, bassist RafaL Matuszak and drummer Tomasz Stasiak chose the dream, ditching their education as electricians to create something far more ambitious – animalistic rock personas with painted faces who are known today as Coma.

The first five years involved a bittersweet struggle. The band created an impressive workflow and its members instinctively knew that what they were creating was good. Year after year, Coma performed across the country, gradually building up an army of fans and supporters. Towards the end of this initial period, most of their events were sold out, in excess of a thousand tickets! Paradoxically, not a single label in Poland was interested in Coma and the guys decided to call it quits, booking one final concert to bid their fans a fond farewell. Incredibly, two weeks after their grand goodbye, BMG gave them a phone call offering them a major label contract. Hence, Coma was reborn.

The following five years might as well have been taken from a Hollywood film script. The group’s first major label album, “First Emerge from Darkness”, debuted in 2004, reaching #7 in the Polish charts, achieving gold record status. Furthermore, Coma’s debut record won a Fryderyk Award (the Polish equivalent of the Brits or the Grammys), in the category of “Best rock album”. The second LP, “The Wasted Forces of The Great Army of Holy Signs”, was released in 2006, debuting at #1 with platinum sales. This wave of success continued when Coma received two more Fryderyk Awards in the categories of “Best rock album” and “Best Band”.  In 2007, Coma performed over 100 sold out events and opened for such bands as Pearl Jam, Linkin Park, and Tool.
Somehow, in the middle of this madness, the band managed to write and produce their most potent material of all – their third album, “Hypertrophy”, debuting at #1 in 2008 and going double platinum, this unprecedented record received three prestigious Fryderyk Awards (“Best Band”, “Best Album”, and “Vocalist of the year”)! However, the intensity of fame took its toll and the band underwent a personnel change when drummer Adam MarszaLkowski replaced Tomasz Stasiak in 2008. By 2010, the group was solid, successful, and ready to move forward. They summed things up by being the first in Poland to release a live Blu-ray (platinum sales). The release featured a symphonic performance with the Gdansk Philharmonic Orchestra, attended by six thousand people in Warsaw. The CD version of the performance also went platinum. In addition, Coma signed a new record contract with a highly respected label, Mystic Production.

Having achieved everything a band can in a single country, Coma went after something new – an international audience. Rogucki had been composing lyrics in English for some time, and on October 11, 2010, to the surprise of Polish fans, the band’s new LP, “Excess”, was released internationally. This idea was daring for a band that was so well established in its native country, as singing in another language might have offended older fans. Fortunately, not only did the Polish fans embrace “Excess”, but Coma received exceptional reviews abroad, particularly in Germany and France. In 2011, Coma put out its fifth domestic LP, “Untitled”, and, once again, the band came to hold the #1 chart spot, achieving platinum sales and a sold-out tour.  Many people dubbed Coma as "recession proof" as the band managed to hold a strong position even through difficult economic times.

Reflecting on their humble start in 1998, Coma has managed to consistently reinvent their sound, provoking reactions from everyone, sometimes resulting in a love and hate relationship. With the release of Coma’s latest studio record, “Don’t Set Your Dogs On Me” (Edel/earMUSIC), which is slated for release in 2013, fans in Poland and abroad should expect that this album will be no exception to the band’s enduring success. The sixth album will redefine the band, lending insight into an experience sorting through the personal demons, obsessions, and twisted feelings encountered in a man’s life.