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Karmakanic - Entering The Spectra (7,5/10) - Sweden - 2002

Genre: Progressive Rock
Label: Regain Records
Playing time: 54:09
Band homepage: Karmakanic

Tracklist:

  1. The Little Man
  2. Entering The Spectra
  3. The Spirit Remains The Same
  4. Cyberdust From Mars
  5. Space Race No. 3
  6. The Man In The Moon Cries
  7. One Whole Half
  8. Is This The End?
  9. Cello Suite No. 1 In G Major
  10. Welcome To Paradise
Karmakanic - Entering The Spectra
There are more Swedish super groups forming faster than Yngwie Malmsteen can make an album. This outfit features members of THE FLOWER KINGS and former vocalist of Yngwie Malmsteen Göran Edman. As you may or may not know, this is music is inspired by the likes of 70's fav's PINK FLOYD and MARILLION which came about in the 80's.

This is very mellow and laid back with outer space atmospheric keyboards. "Entering The Spectra" is a 12 minute tune that combines everything there is to offer. You have Jazz mixed with percussion, xylophones (how often do you hear that in a band), wicked guitar work, complex time changes in the drums and a lush atmosphere that makes this wiz by very quickly.

"Cyberdust From Mars" picks up things a bit with more of harder sound, but not going overboard in the Prog sense. The drums get a double kick if you know what I mean and the guitars are let loose. What's a Prog/Rock album without some instrumentals, right? "One Whole Half" sounds like a jam session with great drum work and funky bass grooves that makes Prog so great to appreciate. This space opera goes on a roller coaster ride of ups and downs.

If you are expecting wild musicianship ala DREAM THEATER, then you should stay away, but if you like the more mellow side of Rock then feel free to pick this up. (Online June 17, 2003)

Joe Florez



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