1 Spektrum (0:22)
2 Land of longing (5:39)
3 Now (9:24)
4 Perpetuum Mobile (5:55)
5 The Quest (5:16)
6 Ivory tower (5:57)
7 A chemical release (8:52)
Recorded and mixed at Progress Studio and &-Studios between
Dec 2002 and Feb 2003.
Released by Progress Records 10th of March 2003
the entire track
"Land of longing" by clicking here.
Olov Andersson -keyboards, acoustic guitar, turkish mini
bells and vocals
Hansi Cross -electric and acoustic guitars, vocals and
Lizette von Panajott -vocals and additional keyboards
Göran Fors -basses, vocals and taurus pedals
Göran Johnsson -drums, vocals, electric guitar and
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SPEKTRUM - Spektrum
Although there are a lot of new releases
around, it seems as if a lot of record labels prefer some heavier
material. Fortunately, the Swedish Progress Records are still
holding on to the real progressive rock. Cross, Galleon and
Grand Stand have already released a lot of splendid prog albums.
The last Grand Stand release "Tricks of Time" was
praised by the whole prog press. Out of that success rose the
project Spektrum, a collaboration of the members from the 3
previously mentioned bands and the female vocalist Lizette von
Panajott. The name Spektrum not only refers to the optical term,
but also to the different musical background of the band members.
And the result is excellent: melodic and refreshing progressive
rock with strong compositions and a spotless production.
After a short symphonic introduction "Spektrum",
the album starts with "Land of Longing", a track with
actually some hit potential, flavoured with a Genesis sauce.
Lizette immediately puts down a strong, vocal performance, it's
hard to compare her with other female vocalists, but Alanis
Morissette probably is the best choice. The song starts with
a Porcupine Tree intro, the vocals sound a bit poppy and the
accompanying keyboards give you an eighties feeling. But the
chorus is again some real Genesis and keeps on popping up in
your head. The instrumental passages in the middle and at the
end have some Grand Stand influences, but that's normal as Olov
is one of the composers of the song.
A quiet keyboard brings us to the first tones
of "Now", which have a suspicious resemblance with
the beginning of "Fool on the Hill" by The Beatles.
Pure coincidence? The pace changes very fast, the tempo clearly
rises when Hansi Cross releases his demons. Although this song
is full of rhythm changes and surprising turns, it still has
an easy listening feeling. This song was initially meant for
the next Cross album. Olov again plays a beautiful, melodic
keyboard solo, in the style of "Tricks of Time" by
Grand Stand. The guitar solo by Hansi also steps in the footsteps
of that album, these Swedish musicians really took out a patent
on beautiful guitar solos with long notes with a lot of sustain,
so no plucking.
It's not evident to point out a peak from this
album, because all the songs are very strong, but "Perpetuum
Mobile" is certainly one of the nominees. It starts with
a quiet melody from a musical box, joined by the electric piano
and later other keyboards. One by one, instruments are added,
the volume's rising, the drums get more aggressive and a steady
bassline is put underneath. A bit later, a melodic guitar solo
is started, this song reminds me of the better Camel. Then the
voices are joining in and a wonderful, beautiful guitarsolo
is giving the finishing touch. At the end, we're back to the
musical box. This is a song that makes my flesh creep.
Spektrum is clearly emphasizing on the making
of real songs. "The Quest" is also a very catchy track,
although all the songs still keep a high progressive grade.
The solos are intentionally not too long, but they are nevertheless
of a high quality.
"Ivory Tower" starts with some harmonic
vocals, in the style of RPWL. A threatening guitar accompanies
a strong Lizette, who's on the midway between the already mentioned
Alanis and Anneke van Giersbergen from The Gathering. The entire
song has something dark and a distorted guitarsound only accentuates
this feeling. And also Pink Floyd comes round the corner for
a moment, when the psychedelic keyboard solo sets off. This
is again a song that was meant for the new Cross album. I hope
he still kept something for himself. :-)
"A Chemical Release" is, once more,
an up-tempo song, that makes me think of a song out of a rock
musical, but there ends every comparison, because the prog always
prevails. Again, this is a melodic, perfect composition, brilliant
solos on guitar and keyboards and splendid vocals or to make
a long story short, it's like the synthesis of the whole album.
I should also mention the rhythm section (drums and bass). Although
they don't come in front individually, they play an important
part on the whole of the CD.
It must be clear by now, this is a little masterpiece
from Sweden. This land abounds in talent, especially when we
talk about progressive rock. This CD is really the prototype,
it will be difficult to keep "Spektrum" out of my
top 3 of 2003. The year has only started, but the others will
have to come up with something really good to compete with this
one. My advice is, buy it!
Review by: Claude 'Clayreon' Bosschem,
Translation by: Danny 'Camil' Focke
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SPEKTRUM - Spektrum
Now is finally out the long awaited CD
of SPEKTRUM. The band is composed by Lizette von Panajott who's
vocals is reminiscent of singers like, for instance, ALANIS
MORISSETTE on 'Now', 'The quest' and 'A Chemical Release', but
not as much marked as ALANIS herself, she's not having an unusual
output rendering anyway and this give to the music a very original
sounding (as the record company wrote about her in the PR-sheet
following with the promo-CD) especially on 'Land of Longing',
it's difficult to know if she's singing alone here, but it's
sound very new to me. She also uses an electronic filter sometime
on her voice. Ok, then Göran Johnsson and Olov Andersson
from GRAND STAND, Göran Fors from the very good band GALLEON
and Hansi from CROSS complete the band's line-up. So you could
hear influences from GALLEON, GRAND STAND and CROSS (They are
all released by Progress records) and obviously GENESIS with
Hansi and some rock, probably from the background of Lizette.
"Expect to experience something very fresh" says the
record company and that's true with the venue of Lizette. "Hansi
called me up and asked me if I wanted to be involved as a lead
singer in a new project that he was working on together with
members from different Swedish progressive bands. I liked the
idea and accepted right away, I like to try new things and of
course hope that we sell a lot of records", says Lizette.
The only bad thing here is the length of the CD, only 41:35
minutes. But as it contains very good music it's not a so big
A little intrusion of 22 second2 opens the CD.
'Land of Longing' follows with a hard-rock entry like the very
first MAXWEBSTER music, and when reaching the chorus of the
song you could listen to a kind of vocals, which is new to my
ears. I don't know exactly who is singing together with Lizette
but the mix make a strange sounding. Lot of influences from
GENESIS here. Early GENESIS music but also from the 80's. The
song ends with a much more progressive trend and not exactly
the same as CROSS, GALLEON or GRAND STAND.
'Now' is a longer track starting out with only
keyboards and vocals by Lizette, it's the time to listen to
her voice, it's easy here to see the relation between her and
ALANIS MORISETTE style of singing. The song is written by Hansi,
so there's some influences from GENESIS here but also a more
rock trend especially when it has a period of vocals, the song
ends a bit as it starts.
'Perpetuum Mobile' sounds more as GRAND STAND
It's an instrumental song that grow from the beginning till
the end, with parts played with the Turkish mini bells by Olov
(I suppose) in the beginning and at the end of the song. An
excellent, excellent song this one is.
The CD continues with 'The Quest', really rocky
in the beginning, vocals again sounding as ALANIS with some
incursions reminding of GENESIS.
In 'Ivory Tower' you could hear the nice voice
of Lizette sounding completely different, a bit more like Sue
Fraser (Ken Baird). A rocky tune maybe with some likeness to
PINK FLOYD or MARILLION. Another nice song.
The last song 'A Chemical Release' is a very
good rock'n'roll and pop progressive song, including a beautiful
3-minute ending, a prog-balada which gradually grows in number
of musical lines (synthetic symphonism) with very cool drumming
backing it up.
Finally what's new here, is the rock influence,
probably caused by the venue of Lizette. Not much likeness to
the music of GALLEON here but a bit more of GRAND STAND and
CROSS. The albums surprised me a lot at the first listening
but don't worry; it's still a highly progressive album even
if it contains rock parts. And I think Lizette expect the right
thing when she say "I hope that we sell a lot of records",
when you will listen to it, after three or four times, it's
obvious it's obvious that proggers will enjoy this album. To
listen at on high volume.
Denis_t 2003/03 Proglands.com
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Spektrum (which is Swedish for spectrum - and in this instance,
nothing whatsoever to do with Captain Scarlet) is a new prog
band consisting of members from Galleon, Cross and Grand Stand
plus a female vocalist.
This self-titled debut album opens with a short
intro, which is the title track and is a grandiose start to
get the taste buds watering. Land of Longing has a distinct
Tony Banks feel circa A Curious Feeling and even Trick of A
Tail to Duke era Genesis big sound. Lizette von Panajott's vocals
are refreshing and well suited to the music and the backing
vocals courtesy of the rest of the band. The Genesis feel gets
even stronger halfway through Now with percussion, keys, guitar
and bass not to mention bass pedals adding to the impression.
Perhaps this would be a good time to mention
lyrics. The lyrics seem to be of the Jon Anderson variety in
so much as they flow nicely with the melody but lack a certain
depth of meaning. But it all sounds good and that is the important
Onto track 4. Perpetuum Mobile is a cracking
instrumental that slowly builds up power and intensity allowing
Hansi Cross's guitar to come to the fore. A nice touch is the
tinkle of what I imagine are Olov Anderson's Turkish Mini bells
that closes the track. Equally hot is The Quest where the Genesis/Banks
phrasing becomes even stronger, and it includes the riff from
IT (Lamb Lies Down On Broadway). Ivory Tower reminds me of Mostly
Autumn and vaguely of Jethro Tull in the phrasing and a touch
of soft Floyd keys at the halfway point - full of atmosphere
and promise. Chemical Release, an upbeat Tracy Hitchings style
song, closes the album and leaves the listener on a high (to
tell the truth, you will just want to play the CD all over again).
Quality of recording and musicianship is high
as are the compositions. Genesis fans will feel at home with
the familiarity of the instrumentation though I must emphasise
that Spektrum is not a Genesis clone. The band has all the quality
of that Swedish favourite, The Flower Kings, and has entered
the prog world running. Let's hope they can maintain the quality
and don't spoil the effect by unnecessary hype. The music speaks
for itself. Recommended.
Jem Jedrzejewski, Hairless Heart Herald
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Spektrum - Spektrum
Over the past few years the standard of pure progressive rock
has not been to good and so it was about time a new band was
formed to improve the situation. Thankfully members of Swedish
bands Galleon, Cross and Grand Stand along with the exceptional
vocal talent of Lizette von Panajott have united to form a new
band and release an album of new material.
The good news are that progfans are going to
love'em, especially those who like their keyboard solos and
plenty of searing guitar breaks. The vocal harmonies are excellent
Guitarist Hansi Cross and bassist Goran Fors
are already known to those who have been reading this magazine
for a few years but to have a drummer who plays guitar, keyboards
and sings too is something quite unique today. There is also
the little matter of amazing proggy keyboard playing of Olov
Andersson. It all makes for a carnival of prog-rock.
The extremely short title track opens the album
and leads into "Land of Longing", a track full of
Genesis like keyboards that whets the appetite for all that
follows. The only disappointing aspect is the duration of the
album, something that falls short of the quint-essential progressive
rock album at less than 42 minutes. Still, that will probably
have us all screaming out for a follow up album pretty soon.
Highly recommended to prog fans!
THE CLASSIC ROCK SOCIETY JOURNAL - Martin
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Spektrum - s/t
Sometimes musicians from different bands make an album together
and they are labelled 'supergroup' and get a lot of attention
and sometimes they don't get a lot of attention. Spektrum is
a collective that falls in the latter category and just got
mentioned in the news section of a Dutch progressive rock magazine,
iO Pages. A real shame as this Spektrum is formed by first class
musicians who have made a very refreshing and progressive album.
The members come from top Swedish bands like Galleon, Cross
and Grand Stand and are completed with female singer Lizette,
who could be the Swedish Alanis Morisette.
The album is very keyboard orientated but that is no surprise
if you see that with the exception of Göran Fors (bass),
everyone plays keys! The songs on the self-titled album sound
very fresh and melodic and listening to the album did not give
me the feeling that I heard it somewhere before. After the short
intro, the first song 'Land of Longing' opens with a solid guitar
riff, that gives the song a heavy edge and introduces you to
the voice of Lizette. The next song, 'Now', is one of the best
songs of the album and here Lizette's voice strongly makes you
think it is sung by Alanis Morisette, but it is not. This song
also has a very nice bass solo and one of the best keyboard
solos I have heard in a long time: this one gave me goose bumps
and made me play this song over and over again, what a great
song! 'Perpetuum Mobile' is an instrumental that starts as a
song to get a baby to sleep, but builds up with lots of spacey,
analogue keyboards and a great guitar solo at the end. Two more
gems of beauty are 'The Quest' and 'Ivory Tower', again laced
with lots of analogue synths and the album ends with the up-tempo
'A Chemical Release'.
Spektrum is a fantastic album, written and performed by very
talented musicians that seem to have a fondness for analogue
keyboards, something I can only encourage! It is a refreshing
progressive rock album and should get lots more attention. Let's
hope they will not leave it with this, but make more of this
great music. On their website you can download a mp3 sample
and I bet if you download it and play it, you'll be hooked.
Just like me.
Reviewer: Marcel J. Haster, Progpower
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Spektrum - Spektrum
The debut album by Sweden's Spektrum is a seven-track self-titled
(Progress Records (Sweden) PRCD010, 2003) progressive masterpiece.
Despite a relatively short running time (42 minutes), the album
builds vocally and instrumentally leaving the listener longing
for more as it concludes. Spektrum's music offers allusions
to great progressive bands like Yes, Genesis and Magenta (review).
Click on the album cover to visit Spektrum's website.
Spektrum is fronted by the lovely Lizette von Panajott (lead
vocals, additional keyboards). The band also includes Hansi
Cross (electric guitar, acoustic guitar, vocals, additional
keyboards), Olov Andersson (keyboards, acoustic guitar, turkish
mini bells, vocals), Göran Fors (basses, vocals, taurus
pedals) and Göran Johnsson (drums, vocals, electric guitar,
additional keyboards). Lizette's vast background is presented
at her Lizette& website. Watch for our review of her debut
solo album and interview soon. Progressive rock enthusiasts
will know that Göran Fors has his background with Galleon,
Göran Johnsson and Olov Andsson have theirs with Grand
Stand and that Hansi Cross logically hails from the band Cross.
As readers will no doubt conclude from the band member's keyboard
contributions, Spektrum's music is symphonic. Their album opens
with an extremely brief title track before breaking into the
lushly arranged Genesis-styled "Land Of Longing."
The gorgeous vocal harmonies that dominate are underscored by
keyboard washes and rhythmic guitar excursions. Lizette's lead
vocals emerge amongst lovely guitar solos in the epic "Now,"
a modern yet 70s style number most reminiscent of tracks the
debut Magenta album and Christina Murphy's lead vocals. Multi-tracked
vocal harmonies and symphonic keyboards add tremendous textures.
A variety of tempo and style changes as well as further instrumental
solos during the bridge contribute to the progressive edge of
The album changes flavour in "Perpetuum Mobile,"
a powerful classically-influenced and lush progressive instrumental
with a powerful guitar solo intermixed with layers of Lizette's
gorgeous vocalise as the song reaches its climax. The first
of the album's standouts is highly accessible rocker "The
Quest" featuring Lizette's soaring crystalline lead and
lush harmony vocals atop rich keyboard- and guitar-based arrangements.
An extended instrumental bridge is followed by a lovely vocal
All band members contribute to the Yes-like opening vocal harmony
in "Ivory Tower," before Lizette's evocative lead
vocal takes over. Rhythmic guitar, crisp percussion and lush
keyboards provide an excellent and bluesy foundation for Lizette's
soaring lead and the backing singers' harmonies. A variety of
guitar excursions and keyboard textures during the bridge precede
the return of lush Yes-styled vocal harmonies and Lizette's
soaring lead vocals.
The album concludes with the upbeat progressive tune "A
Chemical Release." A variety of Lizette's vocal textures
compliment the rich keyboard-based arrangement ranging from
everso powerful processed sounds to lovely crystalline solos
and lush backing harmonies. The extended keyboard and combined
guitar solos and supporting arrangements within the piece are
incredible. Lizette's powerful vocals return prior to the second
and downtempo instrumental bridge at the conclusion of the track.
It is clearly an album standout.
Spektrum's debut album is presently available from a variety
of international specialist mail order and internet retailers
(for example CD Services, GFT, Synphonic) as well as the label's
online shop. We will advise visitors if and when it is available
via amazon.com. Clearly worth a trans-Atlantic journey, and
an album in the running for a spot in our "best of the
year" list, Spektrum is a must listen!
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One thing I love about progressive music, is its
ability to surprise me. And though more often than not, it doesn't
happen, when it does it is that much more special. Spektrum
is one of those surprises for me. One could say this is the
Progress records supergroup, with Progress founder Hansi Cross
(of the underrated Swedish band Cross) on guitars, as well as
members of progress bands Galleon and Grand Stand, with the
highly talented Lizette von Panajott on vocals.
Musically, Spektrum probably owes more to Tony Banks than anyone
else, particularly in the wonderful "Land of Longing"
which sounds like that perfect prog/pop mix of a song Tony on
a great day could and should have written. "Now" is
the album's magnum opus, as moving a song as they come, full
of powerful, emotional chord changes and Andy Latimer-like guitar
Elsewhere, "Chemical Release" sounds like a typical
rocker for a few bars until keyboardist Olov Andersson comes
in with the type of chord changes that only the prog masters
seem to accomplish.
Fresh, upbeat, and summery, this is the perfect CD either to
drive to, or to sit back and give a complete listen to, and
probably my favourite album, so far, of the 21st century.
Bill, Progressive Ears
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Almost a 'supergroup', Spektrum includes members
of Grand Stand, Galleon, and Cross; all of whom have released
great discs recently. Basically Spektrum is right in there with
those bands (especially Grand Stand and Galleon) with Genesis-like
keyboards and changes. The key difference here are the vocals
of Lizette who has a voice comparable to a cross between Alanis
Morrissete and Tracy Hitchings; sort of rough around the edges,
but melodic as well. It's safe to say if you like the above-mentioned
bands, you'll definitely like Spektrum. All the key elements
are here: dynamics, intricate playing, great solos and foundation
rattling bass pedals. The voice takes a little getting used
to though, perhaps because this is not the 'angelic' style we're
used to. It's slightly mean, and commanding. There's a little
bit of everything here. Particularly strong compositions are
"Perpetuum Mobile" and "Ivory Tower".
Eric Louis, missing piece
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SPEKTRUM - Spektrum
Spektrum is a new European prog band from Sweden.
Behind it there are 4 musicians well known in northern Europe
who played for Cross, Grand Stand and Galleon and the beautiful
voice of Lizette von Panajott, maybe at her debut. It can't
be considered as an actual supergroup because the aforementioned
bands (except Galleon only) are probably totally unknown to
most of you. However, after having listened to this eponymous
debut you could change your mind and consider it that way. They
play an exciting symphonic prog, very pompous and melodic, ruled
by the wonderful Olov Andersson's keyboards and Hansi Cross'
guitars. Sometimes it's very close to Landmarq's and IQ's music
but they also are quite original and not so derivative. "Land
Of Longing", "Now", "Perpetuum Mobile"
and the final track "Chemical Release" are really
great tunes, exciting and played by skilled musicians, showing
everybody their bright future to come. It's only May and it's
too early to make 2003 polls but I already can put this record
among my favourites of these 5 first months. Have it!!
TALES OF WONDER
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SPEKTRUM - s/t
Can the brand new Swedish band Spektrum be seen as
the Scandinavian equivalent of Transatlantic? Where musical
output is concerned, not really, but if you mean picking musicians
from various band and putting them together in one room resulting
in this debut, then yes, the comparaison might come close. Made
up of members from bands as diverse as Galleon, Cross and Grand
Stand they all have one thing in common and that's the fact
that they are all linked to Progress Records as launched and
governed by Hansi Cross.
Long before the release of this album was imminent, the media
was already informed that Spektrum would be the thing to look
out for, mainly because of the inclusion of female singer Lizette
von Panajott. Having co-written two songs for the succesful
band Rednex, whose album went on to sell 9 million copies, Lizette
has now bought her own studio, which means she's aware of what
happens from a technical point of view, a thing that is rather
rare where women in music are concerned. Superlatives were mailed
to every corner of the world as if the album was a true must
have even if it meant spending our last earned penny. From a
musical point of view it is indeed a truly magnificent album
but as a whole surely not everyone will be as convinced as the
press sheet wants us to believe. The music itself often gets
very close to vintage Genesis not in the least because of the
approach on keyboards by Olov Anderson, who gets damn close
to the style of Tony Banks, as he proves during "Now."
However von Panajott injects an immature high pitched voice
that often comes across as being irritating and disturbing as
if you were to ask the lead singer of The Cardigans to record
an album with Yes! However let us surely not forget the music,
which luckily is of a very high standard and really shines throughout
tracks such as "Perpetuum Mobile" and "The Quest."
Give Deus Ex Machina singer Alberto Piras the chance to sing
the track "Ivory Tower" and make sure you introduce
a real flute solo and you get musical fireworks. With Lizette
at the helm the fireworks become but an ordinary cracker.
Comes the final track, "Chemical Release," where
the band has finally tackled the vocals in such a way that they
do not interfere with the musical content. By treating those
vocals in a distorted way, the result becomes more fierce, more
powerful. Towards the end, the arrangement even changes, as
if you're listening to an outtake from the Wind And Wuthering
sessions. So don't get me wrong here as this album certainly
is a captivating, bright, symphonic rock album, yet I'm convinced
some fans of the genre will have difficulties with the voice.
Had this been an all instrumental album, or had Magenta singer
Christina been behind the microphone, then surely this would
be a five star release. As with a voice like Peter Hammill,
which you will either love or hate, the same will undoubtedly
be said of Lizette's vocal performance. Yet regardless of the
discussions where the vocal department is concerned, it has
to be said that from a musical perspective Spektrum has certainly
delivered one of the better albums that has come out of Sweden
for a long time, so giving this album a spin is the least you
Review by: John "Bo Bo" Bollenberg for Progressive
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Spektrum is a semi-supergroup in that it contains
members of Galleon, Cross and Grand Stand as well as vocalist
Lizette von Panajott. I was immediately taken by just how commercial-sounding
this album is as it comes across as a mix between It Bites and
'And Then There Were Three' era Genesis. Certainly nothing that
could be construed as being a bad thing. It has a definite Eighties
feel and yet is also very fresh and quite different to much
that is currently on the underground progressive scene. There
aren't many bands that use similar musical references and this
is surely going to be an album that is going to make them many
It has been released on the Swedish Progressive Records label
but it should be easy to find in this country or through the
label site at www.progressrec.com (where there are many other
albums also available). This is music that is melodic, and often
quite different from one song to the next. I really like "Land
Of Longing" and can almost imagine that being released
as a single while the following number "Now" moves
from space and gentleness to some driving guitar. This is an
album that has so much going for it yet at the same time is
not only intricate yet is also so very listenable. The vocals
are different to the norm, which gives the music an added edge.
It is a debut album yet given the background of the players
it is of little surprise that this is of such high quality.
A superb album that progheads need to search out.
Reviewed by Kev Rowland, Ghostland
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