31 Best Rock Bands From Poland

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Poland has a really diverse and lively music scene - it varies from rock, metal and electronic to jazz, classical and folk. There are a lot of famous composers such as Frédéric Chopin, Henryk Górecki, Krzysztof Penderecki, Krzysztof Komeda, Witold Lutosławski, Szymon Kuran, Zbigniew Preisner, etc. Jazz scene in Poland is one one of the most unique and developed - it even has its own genre called "yass" - music style that mixes jazz, improvised music, techno, punk rock, and folk. Poland also gave birth to some unique music genres such as "poezja śpiewana" (sung poetry).

So we prepared a list of 31 famous rock bands which are from Poland - check it out below!

And before starting here's the (as always really lengthy) list of honorable mentions that are worth your attention (we put it in an alphabetical order for your comfort - feel free to discover something new). You can skip it just by scrolling down if you want:

  • 2Tm2,3
  • Abraxas
  • Acid Drinkers
  • Acute Mind
  • AEON
  • Akurat
  • Amaryllis
  • Ampacity
  • Animations
  • April in Pieces
  • Apteka
  • Archeon
  • Arkona
  • Armia
  • Asgaard
  • At Domine
  • Atrophia Red Sun
  • Azarath
  • Azyl P.
  • Banisher
  • Believe
  • Besides
  • Big Cyc
  • Blade Loki
  • Breakout
  • Bright Ophidia
  • Brygada Kryzys
  • Budka Suflera
  • Cemetery of Scream
  • CETI
  • Chainsaw
  • Christ Agony
  • Chylińska
  • Closterkeller
  • Coma
  • Contemporary Noise Quintet
  • Cool Kids of Death
  • Corruption
  • Crystal Viper
  • Cultes Des Ghoules
  • Cytrus
  • Czerwone Gitary
  • Dead Infection
  • Deivos
  • Delight
  • Devilish Impressions
  • Devilyn
  • Dezerter
  • Dick4Dick
  • Dies Irae
  • Disperse
  • Dissenter
  • Division by Zero
  • Dominium
  • Dr Misio
  • Dżem
  • EastWest Rockers
  • Egoist
  • Elektryczne Gitary
  • Esqarial
  • Eternal Deformity
  • Evangelist
  • Ewa Braun
  • Exlibris
  • Farben Lehre
  • FlapJack
  • Frontside
  • Gdzie Cikwiaty
  • Graveland
  • Habakuk
  • happysad
  • Hedfirst
  • Hell-Born
  • Hermh
  • Homo Twist
  • Horrorscope
  • Horytnica
  • Houk
  • Hunter
  • Hurt
  • Illusion
  • Indios Bravos
  • Indukti
  • Infernal War
  • IRA
  • Izrael
  • Julia Marcell
  • Kabanos
  • KAT
  • Kataxu
  • Kazik
  • Kazik na Żywo
  • Klan
  • Klaus Mitffoch
  • Klimt
  • Kobranocka
  • Kombajn Do Zbierania Kur Po Wioskach
  • Komety
  • Koniec Świata
  • Kormorany
  • Kriegsmaschine
  • Krzak
  • KSU
  • Kult
  • Kury
  • Łąki Łan
  • Łzy
  • Laboratorium
  • Lady Pank
  • Lao Che
  • Leash Eye
  • Leniwiec
  • Lipali
  • Lost Soul
  • Luna Ad Noctum
  • Luxtorpeda
  • Maanam
  • Made of Hate
  • MasseMord
  • Materia
  • Me and That Man
  • Mentally Blind
  • Millenium
  • Moaft
  • Monstrum
  • Moonrise
  • Morowe
  • Muchy
  • Mutilation
  • Natural Dread Killaz
  • Neolith
  • Neuma
  • NeVeR
  • Night Mistress
  • Non Opus Dei
  • Nyia
  • O.N.A.
  • Octopussy
  • Odraza
  • Orange the Juice
  • Organek
  • Pandemonium
  • Paprika Korps
  • Partia
  • Pathfinder
  • Percival
  • Percival Schuttenbach
  • Perfect
  • Pidżama Porno
  • Pink Freud
  • Plaga
  • Pogodno
  • Post Regiment
  • Power of Trinity
  • Proghma-C
  • Pustki
  • Pyorrhoea
  • Quidam
  • Quo Vadis
  • RadogosT
  • Raz, Dwa, Trzy
  • Retrospective
  • Revelation of Doom
  • Rootwater
  • Świetliki
  • SBB
  • Shadows Land
  • Signal From Europa
  • Sirrah
  • Skaldowie
  • Skawalker
  • Something Like Elvis
  • Sorcerer
  • Sorry Boys
  • Sounds Like the End of the World
  • Spinal Cord
  • Spiral
  • Spoiwo
  • Stare Dobre Małżeństwo
  • Stos
  • Strachy Na Lachy
  • Sweet Noise
  • Syndia
  • T.Love
  • Tenebrosus
  • Test
  • The Analogs
  • The Car Is on Fire
  • The Dumplings
  • The Sixpounder
  • Thy Disease
  • Tie Break
  • Tilt
  • Titanium
  • Totem
  • Trauma
  • TSA
  • Turbo
  • Varius Manx
  • Vavamuffin
  • Voo Voo
  • Waglewski Fisz Emade
  • Wilki
  • Wolf Spider
  • Yattering
  • Zabili Mi Żółwia
  • Zielone Żabki
  • Żywiołak

And here's the actual list:

31. Tranquilizer

Tranquilizer are a unique Polish band from Gdynia. The combine psychedelic rock, trip-hop, pop and more in their music.

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30. Sunnata

Originally formed as a stoner metal/rock band Satellite Beaver in 2008, the group changed its name to Sunnata in December 2013 - as well as the band's concept and genre. Now Sunnata play their own unique progressive and psychedelic stoner/sludge/doom metal.

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29. Furia

Furia are a Polish black metal band from Katowice, comprised of members from other black metal act MasseMord. It's one of the most known and unique black metal bands from Poland.

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28. Kobong

Kobong were a math metal/progressive metal band from Warsaw, Poland, active from 1994 to 1998. Their style was a blend of broken rhythms, heavy riffs, technical drumming, dissonance, and, sometimes, soundscape and ethnic instruments.

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27. Crionics

Crionics were a blackened death metal band from Kraków, formed in 1997. They released 3 studio albums on famous metal label Candlelight record, due to that they became known outside the country. Crionics disbanded in 2011.

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26. UnSun

UnSun were a female fronted gothic metal band formed in 2006 by guitarist Maurycy "Mauser" Stefanowicz of death metal band Vader.

They officially disbanded in 2016. Originally named Unseen, they later changed their name to UnSun to reflect their blending of death metal influences and melodic vocals. They officially disbanded in 2016.

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25. Obscure Sphinx

Obscure Sphinx are a female-fronted progressive atmospheric sludge/doom metal band formed in 2008. Dark and ritualistic, their music merges sonic spaces and electronic samples with the crushing combo of 8-string guitars and 6-string bass. All of this is flavoured by a unique voice of the vocalist.

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24. Lux Occulta

Lux Occulta (Latin for "hidden light") are an avant-garde symphonic black metal band, founded in 1994. Their work, also strongly influenced by progressive metal, commonly incorporates elaborate arrangements often featuring multiple sections and unpredictable time signature changes. The band was dormant from 2002 until 2012, but they returned in 2014 with new album "Kołysanki," a radical change in direction consisting almost exclusively of avant-garde electronic music.

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23. Vesania

Vesania are a Polish symphonic black metal band formed in 1997 by Orion (Behemoth), Daray (ex-Vader, Dimmu Borgir) and Heinrich. The word "Vesania" is from Latin, referring to everything that is connected with madness, insanity, dementia and mental disease.

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22. Ścianka

Ścianka are a Polish alternative rock band from Sopot, formed in 1994. They have been notoriously changing their sound and exploring new territories, incorporating such styles as alternative, noise, experimental and psychedelic rock, or even jazz.

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21. Darzamat

Darzamat are a Polish metal band, formed in Poland in 1995. They originally started as a symphonic black metal band, however, with every new record the group has interlaced various elements creating a style which is described by media as dark metal, atmospheric metal or gothic metal. The distinctive feature is the successful combination of female and male vocal.

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20. Satellite

Satellite are originally a solo project by Wojtek Szadkowski, the drummer of the Polish neo-prog band Collage. The first album of the band called "A Street Between Sunrise and Sunset" has received rave reviews in the progressive press around the world. Its follow-up, "Evening Games," released in February 2005, reached no. 8 at the top 100 best selling records in Poland.

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19. Collage

Collage are one of the most known neo-prog/progressive rock bands from Poland. Since their formation in 1985 they had a huge influence on the scene.

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18. Siekiera

Siekiera are one of the most influential post-punk bands from Poland. They were formed in 1983 and released only one studio album "Nowa Aleksandria" (1986). After lineup changes, the band switched to new wave and then broke up in 1988.

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17. Republika

Republika were a Polish new wave band from the 1980s. The group formed in Toruń, Poland, in 1979 as Res Publica and began playing Jethro Tull-style prog rock. This type of music proved to be unpopular with fans, so the original leader, Jan Castor, quit the band. In 1981, Grzegorz Ciechowski, taking over the as the new head, moved the group's sound from prog rock closer to New Wave and renamed the band Republika. The group disbanded in 2001, following Ciechowski's death.

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16. Sceptic

Sceptic are a Polish technical death metal band founded in 1994 by Jacek Hiro (ex-Decapitated, Dies Irae, Virgin Snatch). Marcin Urbaś (one of the fastest 200 meter sprinters) handled the vocal duties for the first and the third album ("Blind Existence" and "Unbeliever's Script"), but is currently a session member due to his sport career.

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15. Virgin Snatch

Virgin Snatch are a death/thrash metal band from Krakow. Since their formation in 2001 they became one of the biggest names on Polish metal scene.

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14. Hate

Hate are a blackened death metal band from Poland. The band was formed in Warsaw in 1991 by guitarist and vocalist ATF Sinner. After numerous line-up changes and releasing a few records available solely in their native Poland, Hate signed a contract with French-based label Listenable Records, and released their highly acclaimed album "Awakening of the Liar" (2003), which is still considered as one of the Polish death metal masterpieces. To date they have released ten albums.

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13. Batushka

Batushka are a Russian-speaking Polish black metal band with doom and post-metal influences. The members keep their identities in secret, although rumours have spread that they are well-known figures of the Polish black metal scene. Their 2015 debut album "Litourgiya" is a mix of the black metal and Eastern orthodox chants.

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12. Artrosis

Artrosis, formed in 1995, are one of the most known gothic metal bands from Poland. In 2001 the band was nominated to Fryderyk, an annual award in Polish music.

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11. Hey

Hey are an alternative rock band founded in Szczecin, Poland in 1992. Hey sometimes described themselves as Poland's first grunge band. During the band's mid-1990s heyday, they sold out stadiums throughout Poland, and attempted to break into the English-language market with a series of concerts overseas and an English version of their 1995 album. When this failed to arouse interest, the band began to write in Polish only, and gradually adopted a harder-edged, more industrial-influenced sound. Vocalist Kasia Nosowska is also a really successful solo artist.

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10. Tides From Nebula

The greatest Polish post-rock band and one of the most known names on European post-rock scene, Tides From Nebula were formed in Warsaw in 2008. The band's second album "Earthshine" (2011) was produced by Zbigniew Preisner, renowned as one of the world's foremost composers of music for film and theatre.

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9. Lunatic Soul

Lunatic Soul is the solo project of Mariusz Duda, vocalist and bassist of Polish progressive rock band Riverside. In stark contrast to his main outfit, Lunatic Soul contains no electric guitars at all and can be best described as a mix of ambient and progressive elements - Duda himself calls the sound "oriental-alternative."

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8. Antigama

Antigama are an avant-garde grindcore band from Warsaw. The band also released 2 of their albums, "Resonance" and "Warning," on famous American extreme music label Relapse Records. Since their formation in 2000 they continue to experiment and create their own blend of grindcore.

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7. Blindead

Progressive sludge/post-metal band Blindead were formed in Gdynia, Poland in 1999 under the name Incorrect Personality. In 2011 the band was nominated for a Fryderyk Award in the category "Album of the Year - Heavy Metal."

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6. Myslovitz

Definitely one of the most known bands in Poland, Myslovitz were formed in 1992. Although often dubbed "the Polish Radiohead" by critics, their music is actually more reminiscient of Coldplay and Travis or early Radiohead. From 2003, EMI Records has been attempting to establish them internationally, with considerable support from MTV Europe. As of 2005, Myslovitz are rated as the most popular Polish act abroad.

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5. Mgła

Mgła is a black metal project formed in 2000, being one of the most known Polish black metal bands. Mgła haven't performed live for approximately first 10 years of existence and operated as studio project only. But since 2012 the group is highly active live too.

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4. Decapitated

Technical death metal band Decapitated were formed in 1996 in Krosno in southern Poland, when all the members were still attending music school. After their first two demos, the band was considered as genuine contenders of the underground metal community, and eventually signed with Wicked World/Earache Records.

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3. Riverside

One of the most known modern progressive rock/metal bands, Riverside were formed in Warsaw in 2001. The band's music has been described as a mix of atmospheric rock and metal elements, reminiscent of Porcupine Tree, Pink Floyd, Anathema, Opeth, and Dream Theater, while still maintaining an identity of their own.

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2. Vader

Vader, formed in Olsztyn in 1983, stand as one of the best-known European death metal bands. The band's name was inspired by Darth Vader from the Star Wars film series.

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1. Behemoth

Definitely an epitome of Polish music export, Behemoth are considered to have played an important role in establishing the Polish extreme metal scene. Over the years Behemoth has moved from underground black metal into blackened death metal and then into modern death metal with each consecutive release.

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Know more bands from Poland? Feel free to share them in the comment section below.

64 comments sorted by best / new / date

    thalesmlp
    As always, a great list. Its an awesome serie. Congrats to the author. I hope the next country is one outside of europe.
    N-D
    Thanks a lot - glad that you like the list and the whole series! Do you have any suggestions for the next country?
    thalesmlp
    Well, as a brazilian I must suggest my country. We have a great variety of bands. From metal/hard rock (Sepultura, Almah, Dr.Sin...), punk (raimundos, cpm 22, pelebroi não sei) to more pop bands (mamonas assassinas, pedra leticia) and many other styles. But outside Brazil, other unusual countries I listen to Is Peru and Thailand. All the bands that I know from those place are kind of pop-ish, but I like them. From Peru, try: Libido, Tragokorto and 40 gramos. And Thai: Big ass, Mild, Potato, Ifmenot and Nologo (I know. Awful names). I hope this help you a little bit. Looking forward for the next article.
    Silentlassassin
    I love Polish Rock/Metal.  Found a lot of new bands here, thanks UG for the great article. Also glad and unsurprised to see Behemoth #1.
    Sandman4991
    You should check out Kat, TSA and Turbo from the honorable mentions, they are great metal bands For prog: Riverside of course, but Collage is quite underrated and great, so check them out, and don't forget SBB! There are some great rock bands in the honorable mentions, but too many to point them out
    szabatj83
    Thank UG for the list. Nice to read something about bands from my country. I need to add a band Luxtorpeda.
    krad019
    it's a shame that Kult only made it to the honorable mentions list, it isn't by far one of the monst influential group that comes from Poland. Most of the artists that are on the list of 31 would probably mention them as maybe not a pure musical influence but their cultural impact on music scene.
    N-D
    Yeah, unfortunately I discovered Kult only through my research - but I must say they're really great. And also it's really hard to choose only (even) 31 bands - especially if you aren't from Poland There are just tons of great bands in absolutely different genres!
    Northernmight
    NICE you got MGLA in there. I bought "Groza" many years ago, and i never looked back. So bloody good. I mean..
    Fuck yes
    yelyaHimeD
    Kult and Dżem only in honorable mentions? Are you kidding me? They should made it to top 10.
    Wiencon
    What about Organek?
    The newest album is honestly incerdible. And Kult being in horobale mentions is a disgrace. It's a band that I like to consider a polish Deep Purple, they have so varied discography and recently I attended their concert I didn't realize how many hits they had.
    lszbigg66
    Definiately check out Leash Eye if you like Black Label Society, it's really good
    LadyWhiskey
    I would like to add a few missing (sorry for long post): Krzak
    Cytrus (progressive rock)
    Stos (their debut album is a thrash masterpiece for me)
    Tie Break (jazz rock)
    Azyl P 
    Laboratorium (progressive rock)
    Łąki Łan (funk rock in early stage, nowadays more elctronic music)
    Skawalker (early band of O.N.A. guitarist Grzegorz Skawiński)
    and in my opinion Eternal Deformity should be in the actual list, not only in honorable mentions, just listen to this:
    N-D
    Great, thanks for the list! Also, personally I really like Eternal Deformity!
    Marcus 90
    Horytnica, they are from Krakow and sing about Polish history,  all the lyrics are Polish aswell
    Wiencon
    And Lao Che in honorable mentions? Of course person who made this list doesn't know shit about my country's music. Musically they are in extra league, they are the polish Radiohead, recent album "Dzieciom" is magnificent work
    N-D
    Yeah, unfortunately I didn't know Lao Che - I discovered them through my research - but I must say they're really great. And also it's really hard to choose only (even) 31 bands - because Poland has really a lot of great bands in absolutely different genres!
    Wiencon
    Hah, it's cool. I really recommend checking them out, excellent blend of folk, electronica and rock
    zgr.ak47
    Best glam rock polish song
    One of the best polish song of all time:
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    zgr.ak47
    Polish heavy metal with 16 years old guitarist:
    HEavy:
     Best Hard Rock:
    Hardcore Metalcore:
    majonez214
    well, Acid Drinkers supposed to be at #1 position. if u dont believe check this out. Infernal Connection or Fishdick Zwei are amazing albums!
    Libidio
    Nice list. You can also like the link below
    The guy made a guitar medley of 100 greatest Polish rock songs. 
    mattmattmattmat
    very good list, some others worth checking: Spiral - blend of post rock and dreampop(?)
    Signal From Europa - post rock Spoiwo - post rock Sorry Boys - poprockish, but mostly pop I guess Julia Marcell - alternative rock pop Orange the Juice - i dont even
    s23s
    Check - As Night Falls - the one of top Symphonic Metal band from Poland
    jk.delirium
    Nobody mentions the band Retrospective? They're very similar to Riverside, and have some brilliant music too! Definitely worth a listen.
    haifisch234
    KAT is the best polish band. Period. Exclamation point. And their album "Bastard" is one of the best thrash albums ever made.
    lukasz.konderskilk
    I would also recommend two lesser known bands: Iscariota-they play a mix of power, thrash and prog metal
    Post Proffesion-to me they sound like technical/melodic thrash
    Phaneron
    I expected to see Riverside pretty high on the list, but I was happy to see Lunatic Soul up there as well.
    Chairman_PL
    Great bands and nice job putting it together but you forgot about Łysa Góra
    Best regards from Poland, Paweł
    jakub97sc
    I'm a little bit sad. I've never heard at least about 50% of these bands. Glad to see Top 3. Personally I would put four bands to the actually list. Acid Drinkers (big influence from Motorhead), Dżem (well-known for guitar begginers), Kult (with a legendary vocalist - Kazik) and Illusion (call them "Polish Pantera"). Oh, and Myslovitz in Top 10. That's...weird...
    urszula.skowronska
    Why would you do the list if you havent heard most of the bands? I think that list should be called "31 bands from Poland that I know". Where is Kat, Acid Drinkers, Kult and many others that should be in the first 10?
    PRS_Rock
    Only 456 honorable mentions and 31 listed? Too selective for my tastes, why does every band have to be an all time great? Open it up next time.
    esky15
    Cool I didn't know Decapitated and Vader were Polish. Also I was confused with Republika, but then realized the one I was thinking of is Republica.