Reviewed by MJBrady on 03 Sep 2011
Djam Karet has survived through 2 decades by releasing their own innovative style of mostly instrumental progressive music. Their music can be trippy, spacial, and atmospheric. And at the same time, edgy, heavy, and complex. They are staffed with two guitarists, a bassist, keyboardist, and drummer, all of which work together to create the Djam Karet experience. References to the Ozric Tentacles are valid, however, Djam Karet creates a far more complicated mixture to their jams, one could make the comparison of having The Ozrics mixed with the Red era of King Crimson, and a hint of Floyd. The Heavy Soul Sessions sees them at their very best. Having followed the band since their beginnings, when prog was dead, I always enjoyed hearing what the Cunieform label had to offer during the lean periods between the 70's and mid 90's.
This is quite a nice offering from them, and a natural progression from the bands long list of releases. The recording quality is nice, and the musicians are in what sounds to be their best form. For instrumental progressive rock Djam Karet sets the table for what always makes for an interesting sound adventure. They, like many bands have a formula, as well as an identity, so if you know them, well, this is simply more of that, and just a bit better than the previous works.