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Djam Karet: Regenerator 3017

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The Southern California progressive rock band commemorates 30-years as a high-flying and highly esteemed unit with its 17th full-length album that to some extent rewinds back to the infancy of the genre. And while the group frequently enjoys critical success and a loyal fan base, the musicians openly recognize that commercial success is not the main driver, as they predominately focuses on the artistic side of matters. They don't tour a whole lot, yet their steadfast ability to zoom in ...

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Djam Karet: The Heavy Soul Sessions

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High expectations are always prevalent for astute followers of the inspiring and prolific Southern California-based progressive rock unit, Djam Karet. Indeed, they are among the elite within the genre. Going strong since 1984, the band surges forward with The Heavy Soul Session, recorded live in the studio sans compression techniques. Hence, the full-bodied sound heightens the band's overall impact. With streaming guitars, multifarious synth phrasings and mind-numbing rhythmic structures, the program is balanced by a fluid modus operandi. ...

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Djam Karet: Ascension - New Dark Age Vol. 2

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“Djam Karet’s” customary blend of hard driving and inventively implemented progressive rock is diverted to the background on their latest effort, which is a limited edition of only 750 copies. Otherwise, for those who have followed the group’s sixteen-year rite of passage through a series of idiosyncratic offerings are also aware of the musicians’ ambient-electronic and world beat inclinations. With this release, the artists’ integrate themes fabricated upon Gayle Ellett and Mike Henderson’s somewhat organic acoustic/electric guitar lines, and mood ...

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Djam Karet: New Dark Age

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Southern California-based progressive rock band, “Djam Karet’s latest effort may indeed represent the logical link between the hard hitting, Live At Orion and the melodically tinged yet equally powerful, The Devouring. With this newly released outing, the quartet produces shrewdly conceived textural arrangements via well-placed synth textures, crisp, slicing electric lead guitar lines, impacting crunch chords and hammering rhythms.

The piece titled “No Man’s Land,” is all about contrasting elements amid subtly rendered EFX, atmospheric underpinnings, and a straightforward hard ...

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Djam Karet: Reflections Of The Firepool

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Reflections From The Firepool was recorded between 1988-1989 and represents the freshman CD release by the highly regarded Southern California based progressive rock band, “Djam Karet”. Repackaged and reissued on the “Cuneiform” label, this is the recording that opened up some doors for the band, as their overall sound and style eventually blossomed and matured. And besides the musician’s propensities to churn out booming rhythms, blistering cavalcades of crunch chords and dynamic lead soloing, the band is equally adept at ...