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    Posted: February 23 2007 at 15:11
While listening to online radio, I discovered this band completely unknown to me. My head was almost blown up by the only two songs heard from the band: "Province 19: The Visage Of War" (from album Burning The Hard City) and "The Sky Opens Twice" (from album Reflections From The Firepool). Clap Which album to start with?

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: February 23 2007 at 17:24
Until I read Ed Macan's Rocking The Classics, I had not heard of Djam Karat. But Macan's rather fullsome praise 12 or so years ago about Djam Karet being the future of prog, was enough to have me seek them out.  I will freely admit I found the 3 or 4 albums available then, dry instrumentals that only in part held my attention. The last major LA earthquake I believe destroyed their studios and put them out of action for some time. However, most of their albums recorded/released since sound better to my ears - but sometimes even these instrumentals cry out for decent vocals.  I would suggest Live At Orion - the warmest and most consistent but only live in the sense live-in-studio, and  Live At NearFest 2001 has it moments and is really live - and the stage announcements indicate how to pronounce their name!

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: February 23 2007 at 17:46
I own Live At Orion - very good and pretty much jamming Thumbs%20Up
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: February 23 2007 at 17:57
I have following albums in my collection:
Live At Orion
New Dark Age
A Night for Baku
Burning the Hard City
Suspension & Displacement
The Devouring
 
From the above I find The Devouring to be their best, while S&D - their weakest, A Night For Baku is their second best, and all others are very good as well. IMO this is great band, rather overlooked but highly recommended!
 


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Direct Link To This Post Posted: February 23 2007 at 18:31
I only have Reflections from the Firepool.  It's a nice album, but it didn't do enough for me to want to buy something else anytime soon (unless I can get another bargain, of course).
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: February 23 2007 at 19:53
Originally posted by Barla

While listening to online radio, I discovered this band completely unknown to me. My head was almost blown up by the only two songs heard from the band: "Province 19: The Visage Of War" (from album Burning The Hard City) and "The Sky Opens Twice" (from album Reflections From The Firepool). Clap Which album to start with?

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Those two albums are very much recommendable as starting points: "Reflections" focuses on their spacey-floydian-jazzy jamming, while "Burning" is more toward avant-prog metal, hard-driven psychedelia and crimsonian vibe, somewhat predating what KC would be heading up to in their 90s albums. If you enjoy anu of both, then yo uwill be fully prepared to purchase and love albums such as "The Devouring", "A Night for Baku" and "Recollection harvest" (IMHO, the latter two are their finest albums so far), as well as their more atmospheric efforts such as "The Ascension".
 
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: March 01 2007 at 09:51
Thanks for the help, people! I appreciate it very much! Big%20smile
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: March 01 2007 at 11:49
Originally posted by Barla

While listening to online radio, I discovered this band completely unknown to me. My head was almost blown up by the only two songs heard from the band: "Province 19: The Visage Of War" (from album Burning The Hard City) and "The Sky Opens Twice" (from album Reflections From The Firepool). Clap Which album to start with?

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I'm glad you like what you heard! I've been listening to DK since 1991, and indeed, I started with Burning The Hard City. You may want to start with either The Devouring, Live At Orion or A Night For Baku. Eventually, you'll want everything from Reflections From The Firepool and Recollection Harvest! The Ritual Continues is from '87 and that's a litle older, good stuff.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: March 01 2007 at 11:55
Originally posted by Dick Heath

The last major LA earthquake I believe destroyed their studios and put them out of action for some time.


I'm not sure if this is accurate. The band generally records in Claremont, a city which hasn't been affected by any earthquake to date, and is a good 60+ miles from Northridge, which was torn up by the big quake of the early '90s. If you check their discography, they've released albums pretty consistently since Reflections and only in the mid-90s is there a bit of a hiatus due to a "soft" break-up which involved one member leaving temporarily, and another member (Mike Henderson) participating in a limited capacity on The Devouring (his contributions are weighty, however).
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: April 10 2007 at 19:46

For the harder side of DK, try A Night for Baku, Burning the Hard City or Still No Commercial Potential. On the soft side, Ascension is great. Live at orion, absolutely incredible, much better than Live at Nearfest

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