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SPEKTRUM - "Spektrum"
Track listing
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

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Olov Andersson
-keyboards, acoustic guitar, turkish mini bells and vocals
Hansi Cross -electric and acoustic guitars, vocals and additional keyboards
Lizette von Panajott -vocals and additional keyboards
Göran Fors -basses, vocals and taurus pedals
Göran Johnsson -drums, vocals, electric guitar and additional keyboards


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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, Prog-Nose
Translation by: Danny 'Camil' Focke

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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 problem.

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

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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 thing.

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 too.

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!


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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.

Score: 10/10
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 material.

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 reprise.

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 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 riffs.

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".
Recommended listening.

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!!


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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 can do!

Review by: John "Bo Bo" Bollenberg for Progressive World

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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 friends.

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 (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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