It’s a great experience listening to a band that you’ve never heard before and hearing such sweet sounds; it is overwhelming. Karma Depth is one of those bands. The musicianship that Karma Depth brings to the table is in the vibe of Shadow Gallery who received five stars in our Rock Eyez Reviews.
Melodic, symphonic keyboards by Dieter Cailliau has hints of the past sounds of Keith Emerson. The vocals by Hans Berten are a mix of Mike Baker from Shadow Gallery and Lawrence Gowan of Styx. The classic guitar playing by Lorenzo Petralia is in the vein of the great Dave Gilmour (Pink Floyd). Last but not least is the drumming by Hans Mahieu which is reminiscent of Neil Peart from RUSH but with the sound of Alex Van Halen.
This is truly a band that has to be heard. “Ask Yourself” is an epic song that lasts ten minutes and thirty five seconds and is a pure delight. It has diversity and a classical fusion vibe that is indescribable, at times sounding like Pink Floyd and Styx. I am totally dumbfounded as to why these guys are not signed. The production is fantastic, their musicianship is excellent, and the music and lyrics are top notch.
“Hope” will just put you in a state of shock of how good these guys are. The power that exudes from Karma Depth is glowing. “The Price” is a little lengthy and at times my mind wandered as I listened to the music but nearing the end of the song brought me back to reality. “The Ring” lost me completely as the music was great but repetitious. The next song “Heal” is twenty-two minutes and six seconds and has seven different parts to it. Let’s see if I can keep my mind on the music. This is a trilogy in the vein of Emerson, Lake, and Palmer and has its highs and lows with amazing guitar work and drumming. It is more in the soundtrack style and would be a good song for a play but it is just too long for my tastes.
On the whole the CD is fantastic as it’s filled with unbelievable music and I am sure Karma Depth will have a record deal with “Resilience”. Ending with the last song “Nuweiba” that is an instrumental by Lorenzo Petralia this shows the classical roots that will bring Karma Depth popularity more in the fusion style of music then rock.
- Hans Berten - Vocals, Bass
- Hans Mahieu - Drums
- Lorenzo Petralia - Guitars
- Dieter Cailliau - Keyboards
- Ask Yourself
- The Price
- The Ring
- See How I Glow