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KARNATAKA/Winter In Eden
Assembly, Leamington 17 November 2012
header as good as I have seen at this venue, with first up one of my
stand out bands from this year's Cambridge Rock Festival, Winter In
Eden. For me very much a band in the tradition of European Gothic
Symphonic Rock bands such as Nightwish and Within Temptation, they are
for me a band with a big future.
atmospheric and full of visual flare the band rocked through a set
concentrating on material form their recent 'Echoes of Betrayal' album
(their second release), including set opener 'For The Few' which started
the evening in fine headbanging style, full of solid riff action.
followed in a similar vein but at a higher tempo with added touches of
Eastern magic and knock out lead guitar courtesy of Samuel Cull by
'Torment' a section of 'The Awakening,' an epic suite of numbers which
sweeps over both the bands debut album (Awakening) and the new release.
number in the set from the band's debut album and a real tour de force
was the heavy brooding metal of 'Oblivion', full of crunching guitar
work, going back to their latest work one of the standouts of this short
but fabulous set was the beautifully structured, flowing, catchy rocker
vocalist Vicky Johnson is a real star up front, powerful vocals and she
prowls the stage in true Gothic Rock fashion while the band have all the
power and musicianship needed for this challenging style, they truly
rocked the Assembly and in my opinion we really need a band playing this
genre of music to rival our European cousins and in this band we have
I was blown
away by Karnataka's gig at The Robin 2 earlier this year and so
was really looking forward to seeing the band in action again, a
polished, melodic, prog rock band with Celtic touches and a feel good
vibe running through all of their music, they really produce a rich
tapestry of sound.
two sets they mixed back catalogue favourites with material from the
last studio album 'The Gathering Light' and a couple of tasters from the
Karnataka numbers included a magnificent triple from their highly
regarded 'Delicate Flame of Desire' album, the simply exquisite 'Time
Stands Still', 'Heart of Stone' with it's beautiful vocal performance by
Hayley Griffiths (excellent all night but an especially moving
performance here) and the sensational 'Delicate Flame of Desire' itself,
full of delightful harmony vocals, a stunning piece of work, full of
textures, surely one of the top prog rock tracks of the last 10 years.
latest release we had the magical title track 'The Gathering Light',
stirring, uplifting a completely joyous number which just builds and
builds, a passionate 'Forsaken', a funky 'Your World' and the epic
encore 'Tide To Fall'.
previewed next album material really impressed with 'Poison Ivy' a
symphonic rocker with a top quality guitar riff.
mention for vocalist Hayley, vocally strong, charming with the audience
and her three dress changes added a visual flare to the musical flare,
for Enrico Pinna for a jaw dropping display on guitar and a player of
real emotion and also for founder member Ian Jones a tremendous bassist
and all round good guy always flying the Karnataka flag.
night with two bands hopefully going places and who really deserve to,
different styles but both top players in their chosen genre.
photos by Andrew Lock
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