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3 stars More of a side project than a regular band, Swedish act Spektrum was an idea of Grand Stand's keyboardist Olov Andersson, after he felt some tracks left out of Grand Stand's works were too good to be hidden from publicity.He recruited Grand Stand bandmate Göran Johnsson on drums, Hansi Cross on guitars/keys, Galleon's bassist Göran Fors and female singer Lizette von Panajott to complete the project.The sole self-titled work was released in 2003 on Progress Rocerds.

Spektrum come as an extreme rip-off of MAGENTA around the same time, but yes Mr Andersson was right, as the music is generally attractive and the inspiration hits high levels.That means you have to deal with a pure Neo/Symphonic Prog group with plenty of lyrical moments but also huge instrumental themes filled with captivating melodies.It is hard not to recall classic MAGENTA albums like ''Revolutions'' or ''Seven'' listening to this work, however Spektrum manage to keep a high level regarding the very good arrangements contained in the album.These are characterized by melodic guitar themes, symphonic synthesizers, some incredible solos and a great performance by von Panajott behind the microphone.GRAND STAND, GALLEON and even better ODYSSICE are good reference points.The production is outstasnding and the balance between the vocal parts and symphonic instrumentals remain at a good level, never boring and at moments even bombastic.

Reputedly Spektrum were on the way of recording a second album around mid-00's, but this was never finished and it seems this project ended before making an even bigger impact.However ''Spektrum'' is sure to please all fans of Neo Prog, Symphonic Rock and even melodic Classic Progressive Rock, despite the obvious lack of personality.Strongly recommended...3.5 stars.

apps79 | 3/5 |


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